april 14th, 2021

Episode #19


What the Heck is Lemon Tekking?!
With Psychedelic Journalist & Author of "Your Psilocybin Mushroom Companion" Michelle Janikian

Join Laura Dawn for this transparent and candid conversation with psychedelic journalist andMichelle Janikian about the ethical and moral dilemmas of stepping out as a “psychedelic influencer” and harm reduction educator.

If we really want to save lives, criminalizing the person or the substance isn’t the answer; it’s compassionate harm reduction.
Michelle Janikian


About This Episode:

As a journalist, Michelle Janikian covers psychedelic and cannabis education and harm reduction and is passionate about the healing potential of psychedelic plants and substances, and the legalization and de-stigmatization of all drugs. Michelle has been featured in Playboy, Rolling Stone, High Times, DoubleBlind Mag, Psychedelics Today, and more.

In this episode, we talk about her book Your Psilocybin Mushroom Companion, the difference between a trip sitter and a guide, what to do in case of an emergency while you’re trip sitting, and all the fun ways to consume psilocybin. We traverse through some nuanced and tricky terrain as Michelle openly shares the evolution of her thinking around some of the moral and ethical dilemmas she’s had to face as a psychedelic journalist openly sharing about her own journeys, and the weight of responsibility she feels as she builds her platform as a “psychedelic influencer.”

Core Themes

Explored in this episode:
  • Ethical & moral dilemmas
  • Being a “psychedelic influencer”
  • Harm reduction
  • Psychedelic & cannabis education
  • Trip sitter vs guide
  • Fun ways to consume psylocibin

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useful resources

Episode Transcript

Episode #19: Michelle Janikian Psychedelic Leadership Podcast.

Duration: 1:23:25


Michelle Janikian


Michelle Janikian is a journalist and the author of Your Psilocybin Mushroom Companion, the down-to-earth guide that details everything you need to know about taking magic mushrooms safely and mindfully. Michelle actively covers psychedelic and cannabis education, harm reduction, and research in her work, which has been featured in PlayboyRolling StoneHigh TimesDoubleBlind MagPsychedelics Today, and others. She’s passionate about the healing potential of psychedelic plants and substances, and the legalization and de-stigmatization of all drugs.

Born in New York City and raised in New Jersey, Michelle studied writing and psychology at Sarah Lawrence College before traveling extensively in Latin America and eventually settling down in Southern Mexico. Michelle was recently awarded the Cosmic Sister Emerging Voices Award for her outstanding work covering the psychedelic renaissance. When she’s not writing or speaking publicly about the magic of mushrooms, she can be found wandering the woods with her two rescue dogs or enjoying her third cup of coffee with a good book.


Featured Music

Episode #19 of the Psychedelic Leadership Podcast features a song called
“Gift” by Brandon Mills


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About Laura Dawn

Through her signature Mastermind Programs and Plant Medicine Retreats, Laura Dawn weaves together science with ancient wisdom. She teaches business and thought-leaders, entrepreneurs, and creative professionals how to mindfully explore psychedelics and sacred plant medicines as powerful visionary tools for inner transformation, fostering emotional resiliency and unlocking new depths to our creative potential.