Paul Stamets

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Paul Stamets

Paul Stamets

MycoMedica Life Sciences, PBC, Shelton, USA Fungi Perfecti, LLC Research, Shelton, USA


Paul Stamets is a speaker, author, mycologist, medical researcher and entrepreneur, considered an intellectual and industry leader in fungi: habitat, medicinal use, and production. Stamets lectures extensively to deepen the understanding and respect for the organisms that literally exist under every footstep taken on this path of life. His presentations cover a range of mushroom species and research showing how mushrooms can help the health of people and the planet. 


His central premise is that habitats have immune systems, just like people, and mushrooms are cellular bridges between the two. Our close evolutionary relationship to fungi can be the basis for novel pairings in the microbiome that lead to greater sustainability and immune enhancement.


Paul Stamets is the author of six books (including Mycelium Running: How Mushrooms Can Help Save the World, Growing Gourmet & Medicinal Mushrooms, Psilocybe Mushrooms & their Allies, and Psilocybin Mushrooms of the World), and has discovered and named four new species of psilocybin mushrooms.


He has received numerous awards, including: Invention Ambassador (2014-2015) for the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the National Mycologist Award (2014) from the North American Mycological Association (NAMA), and the Gordon & Tina Wasson Award (2015) from the Mycological Society of America (MSA).  


Synthetic Psilocybin vs Psilocybin Mushrooms: Neurogenerative Properties

Although psilocybin mushrooms have been consumed for thousands of years, most clinical studies use psilocybin, the synthetic molecule. Psilocybin mushrooms produce many psilocybin analogs, which bind with multiple receptors. The contrast of the clinical research versus real world experience of millions of users speaks to a fundamental scientific bias toward psilocybin as a synthetic molecule versus the natural forms of psilocybin.

Moreover, psilocybin mushrooms are widely available whereas the psilocybin molecule is not, limited by regulations, availability, and cost. Synthetic psilocybin is especially difficult to obtain for those most in need. Notable psilocybin analogs include norpsilocin, baeocystin and norbaeocystin, with more soon to be discovered. Recent analytical studies have discovered hundreds of molecules present in psilocybin mushrooms and currently not listed in scientific databases. 

This presentation will elucidate some of the novel cellular modes of action of these analogs, individually and when combined with each other, by looking at MAPk receptor affinities that code for neurogeneration and neurite outgrowth. Unexpected synergy is seen when psilocybin is combined with other mushrooms and vitamins. For instance, the mycelium of Lion’s Mane (Hericium erinaceus), a neurogenerative mushroom species, combined with vitamin B3, has become the most popular formula for microdosers. Given this combination’s popularity by biohacking psychonauts, what is the scientific support that this combination works? Is the whole mushroom greater than the sum of its parts? The data presented shows that the benefits of psilocybin and psilocybin mushroom analogs are synergistically augmented when combined with each other and other natural compounds for neurogeneration. 

Other Speakers at ICPR 2022

Founder and Executive Director at MAPS, the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies, United States

Associate Professor at Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience at Maastricht University, The Netherlands

Founder of Fungi Perfecti and CEO of MycoMedica Life Sciences PBC, United States

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