Gerald Thomas is a researcher and policy maker at the British Colubia Ministry of Health. He is the director of alcohol, tobacco, cannabis and gambling policy for the region. Despite working on government policy, he is not an average government figurehead. He has sat in ceremony with Ayahuasca and was also the head of the first observational study on Ayahuasca in the country which had quantitative and qualitative elements.
Gerald has been on the forefront of some of the psychedelic medicine research over the past decade and has built his own relationship with the substances he studies. His heart-centered approach coupled with his passion for science and discovery makes him a powerful agent for change in the way we view drugs and plant medicines.
On this episode we cover:
Cannabis policy and standards in the province
The Ayahuasca research that changed the landscape
How trauma is stuck in the body
Why treating PTSD is so difficult
How psychedelics like Ayahuasca can heal trauma
Trust - as the key to facilitating healing
Being comfortable with discomfort - another key to healing trauma & addictions
Plant consciousness and Plant Spirits
Psychedelic Assisted Therapy
Healing trauma through feeling what hasn't been felt
Soul Loss - losing a piece of yourself during a traumatic event
Soul Retrieval - getting those pieces back
Presence - Learning to stay present so healing can occur
Tapping in to Flow as a guide in life
Natural ways to connect to your source - Kundalini yoga, meditation, and breath work.
Triggers of trauma and how to work with them
The Crisis of the Heart we are facing now, and the call to healing
The Fixing Culture - the tendency to commodify medicines
Professional Bio: Gerald Thomas is a Collaborating Scientist with the Centre for Addictions Research of BC, an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Psychology at University of British Columbia, and owner/operator of Okanagan Research Consultants. He received his Ph.D. in political science from Colorado State University in 1998 and has worked in the area of Canadian addiction policy since 2004. He served on the secretariat of the working group that created Canada’s first National Alcohol Strategy in 2007, worked on several national and provincial level projects related to substance use and addictio, and has published numerous peer-reviewed papers with leading researchers in the field. He lives with his family near Qualicum Beach, British Columbia, where he enjoys a variety of outdoor pursuits including mountain biking, hiking, and windsurfing.