In this episode of host Sam Believ has a conversation with Adrian Lozano

We touch upon subjects of social anxiety, microdosing vs SSRI, inner child work and more.

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Podcast Transcript:

Exploring the Benefits of Psychedelics with Adrian Loano

In this episode of the Ayahuasca Podcast, host Sam Believ talks to Adrian Lozano, a plant medicine facilitator and microdosing coach. Adrian shares his transformative journey with psychedelics, discussing how they have helped him overcome social anxiety and depression. He also elaborates on his work with mushrooms, both micro and macro dosing, and the integration of various healing modalities.

Understanding SSRIs and Psilocybin

Adrian explains the differences between SSRIs and psilocybin. SSRIs inhibit serotonin receptors and require daily intake, potentially leading to dependence and various side effects. In contrast, psilocybin works with serotonin, providing a natural boost without the need for daily consumption. This allows individuals to feel happier, more connected, and present. Adrian emphasizes the importance of working with a healthcare provider when transitioning from SSRIs to microdosing.

The Power of Ceremony and Integration

Adrian recounts his first Ayahuasca ceremony and the challenges he faced due to a lack of preparation and community support. He stresses the importance of integrating practices like therapy, meditation, and grounding exercises to process the profound experiences psychedelics can bring. He shares how his ongoing therapy and connection with nature have been vital in his healing journey.

Shadow Work and Inner Child Healing

Adrian discusses the significance of shadow work and inner child healing in his practice. Shadow work involves confronting and integrating the parts of oneself that are often rejected or hidden. Inner child work focuses on healing past traumas and nurturing the younger self. Adrian describes how these practices have helped him and his clients achieve deeper emotional healing and self-awareness.

The Role of Community in Healing

Community plays a crucial role in psychedelic healing. Adrian highlights the importance of group support and shared experiences in ceremonies. He explains how being part of a community can enhance the healing process by providing a safe space for vulnerability and connection. This communal aspect allows individuals to feel seen, heard, and supported, fostering a sense of belonging and collective healing.

Practical Tips for Microdosing and Breathwork

Adrian offers practical advice for those interested in microdosing. He emphasizes the importance of precise dosing and integrating supportive practices like breathwork to manage anxiety and enhance the microdosing experience. Techniques such as box breathing can help individuals stay grounded and centered during intense moments.

Overcoming Social Anxiety with Psychedelics

Adrian shares his personal struggle with social anxiety and how psychedelics, particularly Ayahuasca, have helped him overcome it. He describes a pivotal ceremony where he purged his fears and doubts, allowing him to speak confidently and connect more deeply with others. Adrian’s story serves as an inspiration for those facing similar challenges, demonstrating the potential of psychedelics to facilitate profound personal growth and healing.

The Importance of Preparation and Integration

Adrian emphasizes that the work with psychedelics extends beyond the ceremony itself. He advises proper preparation before a ceremony and stresses the need for integration practices afterwards. These practices, which include therapy, yoga, and meditation, help individuals process and incorporate the insights gained during their psychedelic experiences into their daily lives.

Balancing Microdosing and Macrodosing

Adrian explains the complementary roles of microdosing and macrodosing. While macrodosing provides deep, transformative experiences suitable for addressing major traumas and profound insights, microdosing offers a gentle, day-to-day approach that helps improve mood, creativity, and overall well-being. He recommends starting with microdosing to build a relationship with the medicine before exploring more intense experiences.

The Therapeutic Potential of Mushrooms

Adrian elaborates on the therapeutic benefits of psilocybin mushrooms, highlighting their ability to foster personal growth and emotional healing. He shares success stories of clients who have overcome anxiety, depression, and other mental health challenges through regular, intentional use of microdosing. By working with mushrooms, individuals can experience significant improvements in their mental health and overall quality of life.


Adrian Loano’s insights into the world of psychedelics offer valuable perspectives on healing, integration, and personal transformation. His experiences underscore the importance of community, intentional practice, and the integration of various healing modalities. By sharing his journey, Adrian provides hope and guidance for those seeking to explore the therapeutic potential of psychedelics. For more information about Adrian and his work, visit his Instagram at loan.flows or his website