Embark on a journey with host Patrick McGinnis and guests Jay Godfrey and Richard Meloff on this episode of FOMO Sapiens, where they explore the world of plant medicine and Ketamine therapy’s wonders. Learn about the potential benefits and the need for wider acceptance and media coverage, like the recent developments of the FDA’s rescheduling of MDMA for PTSD treatment that hint at a shift in mindset and destigmatization. Despite its controversial reputation, Ketamine’s effectiveness in medical settings as an anesthetic and analgesic invites us to explore its therapeutic benefits and safety in controlled environments. Join us on FOMO Sapiens for an episode that challenges misconceptions and opens doors to a new world of mental health possibilities.
Meet our guests:
Jay Godfrey, Co-Founder, CEO:
Jay Godfrey’s psychedelic therapy fascination and exploration came after the realization that traditional talk therapy did not get to the root of his stress. After working with physicians and shamans, reading dozens of books and papers, and speaking with thought leaders, Jay wanted to help others in similar situations. Nushama was born from Jay’s desire to work with the most experienced physicians and business minds to create treatment alternatives and build infrastructure for the future of psychedelics.
Jay spent 15 years as CEO of his namesake “Jay Godfrey” fashion brand, sold on five continents at Saks, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, and Bloomingdales, and worn by Jennifer Lopez, Viola Davis, Ashley Graham, and Laverne Cox. Prior, he worked at Citigroup investment banking. Jay graduated from McGill University and Parsons School of Design. He lives in NYC with his dietitian wife, Dara, two beautiful daughters, Allegra and Bardot, and kitten, Maple.
Richard Meloff, Co-Founder, President:
Richard Meloff began his immersion in plant medicine when he joined the cannabis industry in 2019, leading the commercialization and sales teams at a licensed producer to exponential revenue growth. In 2020, during Covid, he researched psychedelic therapy and saw its future. He spoke to longtime friend Jay Godfrey, also passionate about the industry, and realized he was being called to this work.
Richard brings 15 years of management experience as a senior executive in the food and cannabis industries. Prior, he spent three years as a Wall Street M&A lawyer. While pursuing his JD/MBA at the University of Toronto, he co-created the management course “Getting It Done,” now in its 20th year. At McGill, his entrepreneurship began managing the campus convenience stores and bringing the first Slurpee machine to downtown Montreal. He loves community (co-founded a young professionals’ synagogue) and baseball, yet his greatest achievement is being a husband and father to three beautiful children.