1. How Psilocybin Can Help Menstruation and Menopause, Its Therapeutic Benefits & Its Risk Clarissa Kristjansson 57:48

Exploring the Potential of Psilocybin for Menstruation and Menopause.

In this podcast episode of the Thriving Thru Menopause podcast, we talk about using psilocybin, a type of psychedelic compound, as a holistic approach to managing health conditions related to menstruation and Menopause.

I am joined by leading scientific journalist and author of The Psilocybin Handbook for Women, Jennifer Chesak. She highlights its effects on the brain and defines how it impacts mental structure and responses to beliefs.

The potential benefits of women using psilocybin range from improving body Image and mood enhancement to managing conditions like PMDD and PMS. Although clinical trials and research in this area are still underway, she emphasizes the need for the scientific community to consider psilocybin as a potential therapeutic solution in women’s health.

Key Points of the Conversations

* Why a book for women?

* Why/how does psilocybin work? Why are we seeing promising results through research?

* How does psilocybin affect the menstrual cycle?

* Can psilocybin help with Menopause (depression, sexual dysfunction, overall symptoms)?

* Any safety concerns?

Timeline

01:32 Introducing the Guest: Jennifer Chesak

01:57 Understanding Psilocybin and Its Benefits 0

3:48 The Role of Psilocybin in Women’s Health

09:45 The Science Behind Psilocybin

18:19 Psilocybin and Indigenous Practices

24:06 Psilocybin and Women’s Menstrual Health

28:28 Psilocybin and Menstrual Cycle: Timing and Energy Considerations

29:26 Fasting and Psychedelic Journey: A Menstrual Perspective

29:50 Understanding Macro and Micro Dosing

30:30 Microdosing and Menstrual Cycle: A Research Perspective

33:15 Psilocybin and Menopause: A New Hope

34:37 Psilocybin vs SSRIs: A Comparative Analysis

37:31 Psilocybin and Female Sexual Dysfunction

43:13 Psilocybin and Trauma: A Menopause Perspective

49:15 Safety Concerns and Considerations with Psilocybin

55:00 Final Thoughts and Future Prospects

Jennifer Chesak

Jennifer Chesak is the author of The Psilocybin Handbook for Women. She is an award-winning freelance science and medical journalist, editor, and fact-checker, and her work has appeared in several national publications, including the Washington Post. Chesak earned her master of science in journalism from Northwestern University’s Medill, and she currently teaches in the journalism and publishing programs at Belmont University.

Website: https://www.jenniferchesak.com/

Clarissa Kristjansson

Website https://clarissakristjansson.com/

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Clarissa Kristjansson Independant Podcaster

At 62 Clarissa Kristjansson knows that menopause can be positive, transformational and an upgrade in our creativity. Clarissa is an internationally recognized menopause educator, third-age women's health coach, and certified mindfulness and medical qi gong practitioner.

A neuroscientist and former corporate high-flyer it was her own perimenopause experience that set her on a different path to empower women. And by cracking open the conversation about our beliefs and behaviour we can shift the collective mindset to seeing menopause not as the end but as an opportunity for reinvention and revitalization.

She is the host of the popular Thriving Thru Menopause podcast.