psychedelic entrepreneur and microdosing coach

Who is Paul Austin?

I'm a social entrepreneur who educates individuals about the responsible and intentional use of psychedelics to catalyze personal transformation. My why is to inspire Western culture's adoption of microdosing as an entry-point to collective transformation.
Because of my Why, I've founded two companies in the emerging psychedelic space: The Third Wave and Synthesis. Currently, The Third Wave is the definitive website on psychedelic literacy and education, reaching over 650K people every month. We have been featured in several mainstream media outlets, including the New York Times, Rolling Stone, Forbes, and the Economist
Synthesis, the psilocybin retreat center I co-founded in early 2018, has facilitated high dose experiences for hundreds of individuals. For many of our clients, attending Synthesis is the most profound experience of their lives.
Due to the success of these organizations, I've spoken at a number of tech and business conferences, including The Next Web, SXSW, and Tech Open Air. Typically, I speak about the intersection of psychedelics, personal transformation, and professional success.
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What Are You Interested In?

Microdosing Psychedelics

Microdosing is the consumption of a low-dose psychedelic on a consistent basis for an extended period of time. Since 2016, microdosing has been my professional focus. I wrote a book, created an online course, and gave several talks at tech and business conferences about it. It is my belief that microdosing will help normalize psychedelics for integration into Western culture.

Psychedelic Literacy

It is the mission of The Third Wave to facilitate psychedelic literacy within Western culture. If society is to leverage the true potential of psychedelics, it must properly utilize them. Without a clear understanding of how psychedelics initiate us into new perspectives, and the value these new perspectives bring, much of the current ‘hype’ around psychedelics will go unrealized.

Personal Alignment

Step 1 is microdosing. Step 2 is responsible high dose use. Step 3 is integrating your newfound perspectives to align personal purpose with contribution. Aligning the deepest part of who you are with your work in the world is the most important step of the transformational process. By doing this, remain in service to both yourself and others, sharing your true gifts and talents.

Vision, Mission, Impact

Paul does an excellent job of bridging the gap between psychedelics and leadership transformation. His work with The Third Wave and Synthesis speaks for itself: an inspiring mission grounded in science, knowledge, and personal experience.
Gerard Adams
Paul’s mission to normalize psychedelic substances through the lens of microdosing speaks to the growing relevance of these emerging technologies. In building The Third Wave, Paul has created an excellent platform for individuals who want to deepen their understanding of the role psychedelics play in optimal well-being.
Jason Silva
Filmmaker,  Public Speaker
Paul does a great job of deconstructing and synthesizing tricky subject matter—the stuff that would otherwise be out of reach for most. His presentation is stellar and he holds space on stage like a real pro.
Steven Kotler
American author, journalist, entrepreneur

Organizations in the Psychedelic Space

The Third Wave

In September 2015, I began working on my first major contribution to the world, The Third Wave. My vision was to create an accessible, easy-to-navigate, trustworthy resource about psychedelic substances. The Third Wave has grown to reach over 650K people per month, with 20K podcast downloads and an email list of 25K. It has also been featured in the New York Times, the Economist, Forbes, and
Our now collective vision with The Third Wave is to help create a cultural container for the responsible integration of psychedelic substances. Central to this mission is educating a large populace in Western culture, which The Third Wave will focus on as its core mission.


Synthesis is a safe, legal, and modern psilocybin truffle retreat in Amsterdam focused on creative breakthroughs, personal growth, and spiritual development. Co-founded by myself and Martijn Schirp, Synthesis provides an opportunity for individuals to experience incredible personal transformation in a short period of time.

Our Opportunities for Collaboration

1-1 Coaching

Are you interested in utilizing psychedelics as a catalyst for personal transformation? We will work together to customize an ideal psychedelic protocol, orienting this powerful method towards better leadership, easier access to flow states, and an improvement in your overall well-being.

Public Speaking

Having spoken about microdosing at The Next Web, SXSW, and Tech Open Air, I’ve developed a powerful and effective message on the utility of psychedelics to catalyze personal transformation. In understanding this process of growth and change, your audience will have a new perspective on the use of psychedelics for creativity, leadership development, and general well-being..


Do you run a company in the emerging psychedelic and/or wellness space? So far, I’ve founded two successful companies, impacting the lives of millions of people. If you want to build a world-class brand that resonates with a mainstream audience, reach out to me about working together.

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Microdosing Psychedelics

Microdosing Psychedelics is a comprehensive guide to all the necessary information on the practice of microdosing – including protocols, benefits, drawbacks, and sourcing. Weaving together anecdotal narratives and preliminary research on the use of small amounts of psychedelics, Microdosing Psychedelics is oriented toward anyone interested in microdosing to improve their general well-being, particularly those in leadership and creative positions.

The Microdosing Course

The Third Wave’s Microdosing course offers a deep dive into the fundamentals and advanced practices about microdosing in one easy-to-digest learning experience. Learn how to catalyze breakthroughs in your personal and professional life with everything from the basics of how to microdose to advanced best practices.

In the Media




Education and awareness are the key focuses of The Third Wave's psychedelic advocacy bent, says Austin, adding that there's a lot of misinformation out there related to drugs, not to mention safety concerns...


Paul Austin's favorite way to open a TED talk is by telling his audience that he took LSD that day. Austin, 27, bills himself as a professional microdosing coach...


Paul Austin, 26, of Grand Rapids, Mich., a so-called social entrepreneur who runs a website called The Third Wave devoted to getting...


Shown to treat depression, anxiety, addiction, post-traumatic stress and more, clinical trials using psychedelic-assisted therapy instead of pharmaceutical treatment by Johns Hopkins and New York University show...

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This is a fantastic book! EVERYTHING you need to know about micro-dosing is covered. You can tell the author is super knowledgeable and passionate about his subject.

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