Changing the cultural conversation around psychedelics through the lens of microdosing

Who am I?

My Story

My early, high-dose psychedelic experiences were crucial, definitive experiences that inspired me to travel the globe, build an online business, and focus my newfound freedom on creating an online resource to dismantle one of society's biggest taboos: psychedelics.
Through my personal 7-month microdosing protocol, I experienced the tangible benefits of microdosing LSD, including an acceleration of learning ability, easier access to flow states, and an improved sense of presence, particularly in relationships. My personal experience with microdosing inspired his push to legitimize psychedelic substances via the topic of microdosing.
Most importantly, my intentional psychedelic use - in both microdoses and higher doses - helped me to find my own power, agency, and autonomy, enabling an alignment of purpose and mission with contribution to community and society. My unconventional path of has now placed me in a position to impact the lives of many millions through psychedelic education and literacy.

Leader of a Movement

Through The Third Wave, the organization I founded in mid-2015, we explore pragmatic ways to change the cultural conversation around psychedelics, focusing on the intersection of science, psychedelics, and self-actualization. Part social entrepreneur, part psychedelic advocate, I love to challenge cultural norms to create space for the development of new systems that help, not hurt, the individual.
The focus of The Third Wave is to create community around the topic of psychedelic literacy and education, creating a space for individuals to come fully into their own agency, power, and autonomy. With over 25K people in the community, including live events in both NYC and SF, The Third Wave is on its way to making a significant impact on culture at large.

Traveler and Nomad

Setting off at the age of 21 from West Michigan, I lived in five countries and traveled to 60+ over the span of six years before moving to New York City in August 2017. Propelled by an insatiable curiosity for the unknown, my travels led to an incredible expansion of being and growth, setting the stage for my professional career in psychedelic leadership and advocacy.

Paul in Private

I’m often seeking balance between city and countryside: the unrelenting energy of New York City and the tranquility of nature in places around the globe. When not directing his energy towards well-being and optimization in the professional sphere, I love to read, spend time with friends, go to the gym, write up Instagram stories, travel to beautiful places, and listen to Peter Gabriel.

What I’m Working on

The Third Wave

The Third Wave is the largest online psychedelic educational resource with 600K visits per month and an online community of over 25K people. Founded in late-2015, it has been featured in Rolling Stone, the New York Times, the Economist, and various other mainstream media outlets.
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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.

Work with Me

1-1 Coaching

I work with clients to utilize microdosing and high-dose psychedelic use to improve overall well-being, enabling individuals like yourself to become more effective at pursuing their mission and purpose, making a significant impact on the world around them.
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Public Speaking

Having spoken about microdosing at a number of business conferences, I share an important message about the growing cultural significance of psychedelics - in both microdoses and macrodoses - and its intersection with holistic well-being and changing norms around workplace culture.
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Microdosing Psychedelics: A Practical Guide to Upgrade Your Life by Paul Austin is a comprehensive guide to all the necessary information on the practice of microdosing including protocols, benefits, drawbacks, and sourcing.
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Discover My Work

The Microdosing Book

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

Paul’s Microdosing course offers a deep dive into fundamentals and advanced practices about microdosing in one easily digestible 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.


The Third Wave Podcast

The Third Wave podcast takes a fresh look at the world of psychedelics, listening to the stories of people both in the psychedelic fringe and in mainstream society. We want to share how psychedelics are impacting the lives of people from all walks of life.

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