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Debut Work
Ben "Doc" Askins

There are lots of books

about psychedelics.

This book is a psychedelic.

Anti-Hero's Journey Bookcover
Lieutenant General Martin Steele

5-Star Review from a 3-Star General:

"I have never read anything like it and will refer to it as I journey through life. It was quite the trip!"

Lieutenant General Martin R. Steele, USMC (Ret.)

Co-Founder, Veteran Mental Health Leadership Coalition

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"Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy in the Bluegrass State" - 47th Annual KAPA Conference
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"Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy in the USA"
A keynote speech from the 47th Annual Kentucky Academy of Physician Assistants Annual Conference. Doc gives a thorough review of the current state of psychedelic science research and clinical practice... with no notes!


Rosalie Allen

"I finished the book. I keep thinking of the word 'exquisite' over and over.  You know how it can be used to describe something beautiful and something unbearably painful?  I mean it like that."

"Ben is one of my favorite thinkers on the planet. Conversations with him always cause me to look at the world and my life in a new way. This book did the same thing. It made me laugh, it made me cry, and most of all, made me ask the question again, ‘What the heck am I doing here? What are we ALL doing here?’ I have both more clarity and more confusion than I ever had before. Such is the nature of going deep on any question, let alone, the ‘question of all questions’ as addressed by the World’s Most Interesting Man."

Luke Murray
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"Doc" Askins smoking a cigar in front of snowcapped mountains

Anti-Hero's Journey is the online home of psychedelic science war storyteller Captain Ben "Doc" Askins, PhD (Hon.). Doc is no one. He is Banksy’s erudite elder brother, a Deadpool wannabe, and the Shadow of the world’s most interesting man. When artificial intelligence has a fever dream, it dreams of being Doc. He is a son, brother, husband, father, veteran, psycho, therapist, and friend. He is the grinning embodiment of the Duchenne marker, all of his lies are true, and he writes his books with tears in his eyes for you and only you.

Ben Askins (PA-C, MDiv) has an eclectic background with degrees in Outdoor Education, Intercultural Studies, Physician Assistant Studies, and Divinity. He has nearly two decades of experience practicing and teaching wilderness, tactical, and expeditionary medicine in the military. In civilian life, he is a Psychiatric Physician Assistant with an evidence-focused and integrative approach to mental health that includes extensive experience providing ketamine-assisted psychotherapy, medicine management, and spiritual direction. He is certified with the Multidisciplinary Association on Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) in MDMA-assisted psychotherapy. Ben is a member of the Wilderness Medical Society, a National Outdoor Leadership school alum, a veteran of the Global War on Terrorism, and has completed postgraduate training in Neuropsychiatry and Genomics.

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