Psychedelics and Antidepressants: EVENT RECORDING

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This workshop will review recent data with a focus on combinations of SSRI or SNRI antidepressants and psychedelics such as psilocybin, MDMA, ayahuasca, and ketamine. We will discuss how individuals can gauge their sensitivity to psychedelics while using antidepressants as well as best practice approaches to antidepressant tapering.

The official objectives are to:

• Describe mechanisms of antidepressants like SSRIs in comparison to psilocybin, MDMA, ayahuasca, and ketamine
• Discuss drug interactions between common antidepressants such as SSRIs, SNRIs, and bupropion with psilocybin, MDMA, ayahuasca, and ketamine
• Outline how persons can safely taper and discontinue antidepressants as well as washout times that are most likely to restore sensitivity to psychedelics

Workshop Logistics:

• The workshop will consist of 75-90min of lecture followed by 30-45min of audience Q&A
• Access to a copy of the recording and PDF slides for download are included in registration

This webinar is for information and educational purposes only. It is not meant to condone or encourage the use of illicit substances. The information presented is not medical advice and should not be taken as such. It is recommended you follow laws applicable to your jurisdiction.

About Dr Ben Malcolm, PharmD, MPH

Psychopharmacology Consultant and Psychedelic Educator
Founder of Spirit Pharmacist LLC

Dr. Ben Malcolm earned his bachelor’s degree (BS) in pharmacology at the University of California at Santa Barbara, prior to his Masters in Public Health (MPH) and Doctorate of Pharmacy (PharmD) at Touro University California. He then completed post-graduate residencies in Acute Care at Scripps Mercy Hospital and Psychiatric Pharmacy at the University of California at San Diego Health.
After residency he passed his exam to become Board Certified in Psychiatric Pharmacy (BCPP). He began his career as an Assistant Clinical Professor at Western University of Health Sciences (WUHS), College of Pharmacy before transitioning to his current entrepreneurial role as a Psychopharmacology Consultant, Psychedelic Educator, and Founder of 

Ben envisions a society in which access to psychedelic drugs in a variety of safe and supported settings is available for purposes of psychospiritual well-being, personal development, ceremonial sacraments, and treatment of mental illness. is focus is on the intersection between psychiatric medications and psychedelic therapies. He has given several Continuing Education presentations to pharmacists and other healthcare professionals as well as published over a dozen articles in peer-reviewed literature relating to psychedelics or psychiatric medications.

His vision guides his clinical and education service-related professional activity.


  • Board Certified Psychiatric Pharmacist (BCPP) 2017-2022
  • Licensed pharmacist CA #70652 2014-2022

Post-Graduate Training

  • PGY-2 Residency, Psychiatric Pharmacy – University of California at San Diego, San Diego CA. 2016
  • PGY-1 Residency, Acute Care – Scripps Mercy Hospital, San Diego CA. 2015


  • Doctorate of Pharmacy – Touro University California, Vallejo CA. 2014
  • Master of Public Health – Touro University California, Vallejo CA. 2014
  • Bachelor of Science in Pharmacology – University of California at Santa Barbara, Goleta CA. 2008

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