BD Now! 035 Julian Palmer, Plant Medicine Investigator and Author of “Articulations: On the Utilisation and Meanings of Psychedelics”

Julian Palmer is a classic citizen scientist and author of “Articulations”

Julian Palmer, the original formulator of changa, was born in North East Victoria Australia, where his father worked as an agricultural journalist and editor.

In his early 20’s, he explored many forms of spiritual inquiry, practiced purification of intent and worked in web design and multimedia.

After moving to the far north coast of NSW when he was 24, he quickly got seriously into psychedelics and since that time hasn’t really stopped exploring and learning about them and the states they could catalyze.

Julians book “Articulations” is a catalog of his life work up to this point. It sums up about everything he wants to say about psychedelics. His next projects involve creating innovate film erotica and exploring indigenous psychoactive plants that are unknown to the western mind.

This interview was recorded almost a yaer ago. Allan had a sense when he stumbled upon Julians website that his work was appropriate for the mission of The BD Now Podcast, which, at its core, is about maximizing human potential through appropriate levels of nutrition but he wasn’ sure the world would embrace Julian’s work as openly as he did. Since then, though, actor Edward Norton has spearheaded a very public campaign to raise funds for researching the use of magick mushrooms to eleveate the affecs of both depression and PTSD, foremost herbalist James A Duke has noted that Auyuasca is a healing herb with many benefits over and above iniiatiing visionary states and herbalist Stephen Buhner has stated that all forms of life search out the psychedelic molecules, not just humans. (Hes gone as far to say that during times of environmental uncertaintanty organisms from elephants to microbes seek out these molecules because they are radical adaptogens that make individuals and cultures capable of adjusting to change. They are not drugs, they are plant medicines and as Michael Phillips stated in a recent interview, all medicines area ultimately a form of nutrition

The BD Now! Podcast does not advocate for the use of these plant medicines for the psyche and soul. We present Julian Palmers inights into the use of medicinal plants around the world for educational purposes only.


Drawing upon 15 years of profound research, Articulations is an illuminating inquiry into the many different plants and compounds available in the modern day, conducive ‘mindsets’ and understandings regarding how psychedelics can be most constructively utilised.

Articulations presents an uncompromising and clear analysis of the psychedelic state, intricately exploring the origins of the visions, the nature of the beings, and how authentic healing can most effectively proceed through the conscious use of psychedelics.

Available as a 6 x 9 Glossy Paperback, 206 pages. ISBN: 978-0-9925528-0-0. Dewey Number: 154.4

Or an ebook directly from Julian

ARTICULATIONS: Table of Contents


Chapter One : The Revelation of DMT

First Steps
Smoking Crystal DMT
Rational Interpretations

Chapter Two : The Meaning of DMT in The Trees

There is a Neurotransmitter in Acacia Trees
The Sentience of Plants
Australian Acacia Species Containing DMT
The Harvesting of Acacias
Drinking an Acacia Floribunda Brew

Chapter Three : Espiritu Naturale

How the Plants can Work with Us
Mescaline from the Cactus
Psilocybin Mushrooms
Psychoactive Plants around the World
Iboga and Ibogaine

Chapter Four : Ayahuasca

Introduction To Ayahuasca
The Religion of Ayahuasca
How I Facilitate Ayahuasca Groups
Dosages of Tryptamines and Beta-Carbolines
Two Ayahuasca Experiences

Chapter Five : Considering Other Beings

“But are the Beings Real?”
Malevolent Beings and Schizophrenia
A Simple Analysis of the Perspectives of Benny Shanon

Chapter Six : Synthetic Chemicals

Phenethylamines and Tryptamines (or Research Chemicals)
MDMA and Love

Chapter Seven : The Crisis and the Construct

The Shaman vs God
The Manual of Western Spirituality
Pitfalls along the Way

Chapter Eight : Working with It

The Benefits of Pure Awareness
The Shadow
Processing and Integrating
Feeching, Sound Navigation, and Telepathy
The Guide
Mebbing and Sex

Chapter Nine : This Time and These Experiences

Exploring New Age Transpersonalism
The Follies and Pitfalls of Shamanism
Thoughts on the Global Dance Party Scene

Chapter Ten : The Challenges and Meanings of Drugs

The Recreational Use of Drugs
The Drugs don’t Work
Credible Futures

Appendix I : Changa: Smoking DMT infused into Ayahuasca and other Herbs

Appendix II : The Origin and Utilisation of Changa

Download this Episode HERE


Julian Palmers Website

“Articulations” Official Website

Here is an excerpt from Chapter Seven of Articulations, “The Shaman vs God”

Tim Ferris’ Psilocybin & Depression Research Fundraiser on Ed Norton’s Crowdrise Funding Site


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One Reply to “BD Now! 035 Julian Palmer, Plant Medicine Investigator and Author of “Articulations: On the Utilisation and Meanings of Psychedelics””

  1. This was a great interview, lots of food for thought. I love your podcast, so many good guests! I just revisited this interview after listening to it when it came out last year, and I was inspired to grow Illinois bundleflower last year for my small seed company Grand Prismatic Seed, it is a wonderful plant for many reasons: n-fixing, pollinator support, good forage and The Land Institute is working on developing it as a perennial human legume crop. Thank you for that inspiration. Julian mentioned he had acacia courtii seeds he was willing to send to listeners and I would be interested in grow a few of those beautiful trees in containers. Would you please forward my email and request or send his email to me? Thank you ! Guy Banner

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