Birthing the Psychedelic Society, ‘Bad Trips’ at Parties and The Evolution of Mental Health with Mishka Latib and Nicholas Stubbs

Today’s episode is as close to home as it gets for us.

Myself (Nicholas Stubbs) and PsySoc SA founder Mishka Latib have a conversation that covers many important but less spoken experiences that people new to the psychedelic space often find themselves in.

We go from giving our two cents on what to do if you find yourself having a ‘bad trip’ at a party, all the way into the depths of Mishka’s unbelievable life story so far.

The journey that lead Mishka to where she is now is one that should be heard by everyone going through any kind of struggle. The fact that she not only made it through, but has since developed into one of the most clear-headed and empowered people I know, is evidence that darkness precedes the light if you’re willing to face it.

We hope you enjoy this conversation!


- Mishka’s profound personal journey with plant medicine

- Where the Psychedelic society came from and where we see it going

- The new paradigm of healing

- Is plant medicine for you?

- How to deal with a ‘bad trip’ at a party

- The limitations and dangers of psychedelics

- The dark night of the soul which often accompanies healing

- The importance of finding a facilitator who ‘speaks your language’

- Surrendering and having the courage to become yourself

- Microdosing

- African and Western perspectives on plant medicine


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Maaz Si – The Intersection of Sufism and Psychedelics

Maaz has worked extensively with indigenous plant medicines and knowledge systems. Combining Islamic Sufi Mysticism with the medicine (Nixi-Pae/Ayahuasca) of the native Huni Kuin people from Brazil.

As you’ll hear, Maaz is a man with a life-long calling to work with Ayahuasca, but also to reignite and integrate ancient knowledge systems back into society to reinstate harmony with ourselves and nature.

I first met Maaz at a Nixi-Pae (Ayahuasca) ceremony. I was astounded by his extensive knowledge and wisdom about plants and fungi as well has his ability to articulate the spiritual dimension of the experiences that they bring about.

His ability to remain so centered and composed after drinking copious amounts of Ayahuasca and hold space in the strong, elegant way that he does made me feel like I was Frodo fighting alongside Legolas.

I have since learned that this energy shines through Maaz in all that he does, and I am so grateful that he agreed to share some of it with us in this episode.

In this episode, we talk about:

-  The Intersection of Sufism and Plant Medicine

-  Maaz’ life changing first experience with Ayahuasca, and the journey he’s been on ever since

-  How Maaz Combines the teachings of the Sufi’s and the Huni Kuin

-  The risk of charlatans in the medicine world

-  How to know if you’re being called to serve medicine

-  Ayahuasca vs Mushrooms

-  Why some people don’t have visions in Ayahuasca ceremonies

-  What is surrender and is it the only thing we need to do in ceremony?

-  Maaz recommends some tools for preparation and integration to support journeys


Reconnecting to Our Inner Healer with Gui Tantan

Insights from a veteran Brazilian spiritual psychologist

Marijuana Paranoia, Clown Medicine and Family Constellations

Gui is a trained spiritual psychologist, family constellations teacher, interpreter and natural born clown from Brazil.

He has been working with a wide range of plant medicines and healing modalities, mainly Ayahuasca in Brazil and South Africa, for about 30 years now.

He likes to talk down the idea of having a Dharma or purpose, but he is clearly a man in full alignment with his own.

With the wisdom of an elder and the wonder of child, Gui brings his spirit of lightness and laughter to this conversation, making it an absolute delight to listen to!


In this episode:
- Gui’s life path up until now
- How Gui came out of his shell as a shy young boy
- Gui’s involvement in the Santo Daime
- Death as the ultimate way to connect
- The alchemy of laughter
- 1 on 1 medicine sessions vs group ceremonies
- Family Constellations
- How psychedelics help release trauma
- The Medicine of Unity (San Pedro, peyote and Psilocybin, Ayahuasca and honey all mixed into one!)
- The healing potential of Marijuana. (The paranoia is the medicine working!)
- Psychedelic Therapy as a way to connect us back to our Inner Healers
- And a whole lot more…

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