Ketamine-Assisted Therapy, A Light In The Dark

It was a sunny SoCal day in December at the Dr. Bronner’s parking lot. As a new hire, it was my first employee Holiday Celebration. The meeting was full of hearty and healthy foods, decadent Spiced Magic Hot Chocolate,and lively chatter. During the customary end-of-year presentations, President Mike Bronner announced a new mental health benefit: Ketamine-Assisted Therapy.

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Regenerative Organic Certified™ Launched! Now What?

Agriculture & Climate Climate-smart agriculture can no longer be considered an afterthought in terms of federal strategies to combat climate change. The science supports the abundant connections between soil health and carbon storage, climate resiliency, and healthy food systems. We need to diminish, if not entirely eliminate, the use of synthetic pesticides and fertilizers that raise our GHG emissions,

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The Woman Behind Award-Winning Social Enterprise Aliet Green

When I first sat down with Lastiana Yuliandari, founder and director of Indonesian award-winning social enterprise Aliet Green, she told me her success was “by accident, everything happened by accident.” Fans of our Magic All-One Chocolate may already know we sweeten all flavors with organic, fair trade, and now Regenerative Organic Certified™ (ROC™) coconut sugar. What you likely don’t know is the woman behind the magic.

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On Entheogenic Practitioner Duties and Privileges under Oregon’s 109 Program

Below is my formal comment I submitted to the OHA.  Please email publichealth.rules@dhsoha.state.or.us to submit your own written comment by 5:00 p.m. PDT on April 21, and if you can, also sign up to make direct verbal comments on April 18 and 21.  Also, please click this link to join an event the Portland Psychedelics Society is hosting at 6:00 p.m.

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Support CA’s Plastic Pollution Reduction Act and SB 54!

Our world is in a rapid state of change, both culturally and physically. Our planet’s life-giving cycles of carbon, water, and nutrients, and the living systems that depend on them, are under threat worldwide. We need to lower our consumptive impact on the planet – especially from global CO2 pollution and generation of waste – use our natural resources wisely,

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Let’s Strategically Raise the Minimum Wage for All Workers—with Paid Overtime for Farmworkers

In 2016 I authored an article titled “Raise the Minimum Wage Now! With a Smart, Fair, Incremental and Regional Approach,” where I stated with regards to the federal minimum wage (emphasis added) that: When a person working 40 hours a week can’t cover the basic costs of living, there’s something deeply wrong with our economic system.

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5 Policy Changes to Transform Public Safety that are not “Defund the Police”

As we’ve grappled with recent discourse around solutions to the epidemic of police violence that overwhelmingly affects people of color, we—as the leadership of Dr. Bronner’s—have discussed whether “Defund the Police” is the right message for our company. What does “Defund the Police” mean exactly? How will it be interpreted by our customers? Is there consensus within the company around “Defund the Police” as a policy and message?

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Psychedelics at a Crossroads: We Need Constructive Not Extractive Capital

In her recent thoughtful and well-researched article for Vice, Shayla Love asked, “Is it possible to create an ethical psychedelics company?” A lot of focus in the psychedelics space over the last few months has centered around the unethical behavior of select companies—David himself has weighed in. Our take is that it’s not only possible to create an ethical psychedelics company,

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Acting Against Hate Towards Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders

This statement was initiated by Asian-American and Pacific Islander (AAPI)  employees at Dr. Bronner’s along with our BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) taskforce. Reports of anti-Asian hate crimes rose nearly 150% in America’s largest cities last year, reflecting a growing trend of discrimination against Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders during the Covid-19 pandemic. This week alone,

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Sounding the Alarm on Compass’s Interference with Oregon’s Psilocybin Therapy Program

It’s time to publicly call out the for-profit psychedelic pharma company Compass Pathways, for their monopolistic and shady behavior. This Vice article, “Can a Company Patent the Basic Components of Psychedelic Therapy”, details their recent attempts to patent a clinical setting with mood lighting, soft furniture, subdued colors and a good sound system. This was after they tried to patent psilocybin synthesis in a way that would occupy the field and prevent awesome nonprofit drug development companies like Usona and B-more,

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