Meet the Experts
Grace Blest-Hopley Ph.D.
Research Director - Heroic Hearts Project UK
Grace earned a Ph.D. in the neurochemical and neurofunctional effects of cannabinoids following completion of a master’s in neuroscience at King’s College London. As a researcher, she has continued to research in the field of cannabinoids and mental health, particularly using neuroimaging techniques. Grace has a keen research interest in psychotropic drug research and how these may be used therapeutically, as well as the mechanisms and risk factors behind the development of psychological disorders. She is currently serving as a member of the reserve armed forces.
Founder & President - Heroic Hearts Project
Jesse Gould is a pioneer in psychedelic therapies. As Founder and President of the Heroic Hearts Project, he has spearheaded the research and acceptance of ayahuasca therapy programs for military veterans. Jesse has raised over $300,000 in scholarships from donors including Dr. Bronner’s, partnered with the world’s leading ayahuasca treatment centers, and is researching psychiatric applications with the University of Colorado Boulder and the University of Georgia. His mission is to help military veterans struggling with mental trauma and spread awareness of the benefits that ayahuasca therapies offer as an alternative treatment to pharmaceuticals. Jesse has spoken globally about the benefits of psychedelics on mental health and has been featured in the New York Times and Rolling Stone Magazine and recognized as one of the Social Entrepreneurs To Watch For In 2020 by Cause Artist.
Founder Wesana Health
Daniel Carcillo is a two time Stanley Cup Champion and played 9 seasons in the National Hockey League. Daniel experienced emotional, sexual and physical trauma within hockey’s culture and battled mental health and addiction issues during and post career. When he retired in 2015 at the age of 30, after sustaining his 7th concussion, he founded Chapter 5 Foundation, a charitable organization that helps athletes transition into life after the game and began to embark on a journey of advocacy work. Daniel struggled with Post Concussion Syndrome symptoms like light & noise sensitivity, slurred speech, insomnia, headaches and head pressure, impulse control, memory and concentration issues, anxiety and depression that ultimately grew into suicidal thoughts after spending 4 years researching traumatic brain injury, visiting the best brain banks and clinics and trying all of the treatment options available to TBI survivors now, with little to no results.
Daniel turned to psilocybin mushrooms 18 months ago and credits their healing powers to saving his life. Daniel brought forth the Decriminalize Nature resolution to the city of Chicago, sits on the Decriminalize Nature National Advisory Board & the board of the Heroic Hearts Project, a registered 501(c)(3) non profit that connects military veterans struggling with mental trauma to ayahuasca therapy retreats, and has coordinated retreats with high level trauma communities coming together to collectively heal trauma (athletes and veterans). Daniel’s mission is to use his platform to advocate for the responsible use of entheogenic plants and fungi, aims to get awareness and equitable access to the veteran, first responder, neurodegenerative and mental illness communities and is committed to bringing forth a novel, validated care option to TBI survivors.
Daniel has recently founded Wesana Health, a life sciences company that is researching loading and maintenance doses of psilocybin to treat traumatic brain injury, Post Concussion Syndrome, migraines and TBI related anxiety, depression and PTSD. Wesana Health will be working towards validating the first novel care option for TBI survivors through Health Canada (IMPD) and FDA (IND) clinical trials, with IMPD & IND meetings set for Q4 2021 to establish a pathway forward to treat traumatic brain injury and associated symptoms.
Founder and CEO - Flow State Micro
Adam Bramlage is Founder and CEO of Flow State Micro and Co-Founder Microdosing Movement and Microdosing Support Network. He works daily as an educator, coaching clients on performance enhancement, diet, meditation, neutral thinking and Flow State optimization. Bramlage spent more than a decade as an advocate, farmer, distributor and manufacturer n the California legal cannabis space. He sold his cannabis companies and pivoted into psychedelics after successfully using micro-dosing to cure his own treatment-resistant depression and enhance his physical and mental performance.