Research suggests that psychedelic experience may hold the potential for making some patients healthier and some people happier. Since the 1950s, researchers have been studying the risks and benefits of psychedelics and non-pharmacological tools to change consciousness. And since the late 2000s, the academic world is in a renaissance of scientific and clinical projects in this field. Science-based psychedelic-assisted therapies may soon be established legally. This page intends to provide newcomers with an introduction to the basic concepts of psychedelic science and an understanding of on-going scientific efforts.

Video (13 min)

CBS News: Researching psychedelics to treat addiction

This 2019 report by the acclaimed American TV show “60 Minutes” on CBS News investigates a study at Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore) into treating addiction with the psychedelic compound psilocybin. It provides an intimate look into the treatment benefits for patients and the researchers carrying out the research.


New York Times: Can Psychedelics Be Therapy? Allow Research to Find Out

In this article from 2017, Aaron E. Carroll, a professor of pediatrics at Indiana University School of Medicine, provides a balanced overview on the state of research at the time. While numerous new studies have been published since, the article is a good starting point for learning about pychedelics, their risks and benefits and the ongoing scientific debate.


Michael Pollan: How to Change Your Mind – What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence

Michael Pollan is an American journalist who lectures as a professor at Harvard University and UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. His book “How to Change Your Mind” is a journalistic enquiry into the past, presence and future of psychedelic science. It was selected as one of The New York Times Book Review’s 10 Best Books of 2018. It is available in stores also as an audiobook. Find the NYT’s review here.

Video (59 min)

3sat scobel: Drogen als Medizin (German)

Gert Scobel diskutiert mit der Historikerin Magaly Tornay, dem Psychiater Franz Vollenweider sowie dem Philosophen und Neuroethiker Thomas Metzinger über den Einsatz von psychedelischen Substanzen als Arzneimittel gegen Depressionen, Angststörungen und Schmerzen.



(German) 3sat Scobel: Drogen als Medizin 

Dr. Carhart-Harris’ TEDx Talk: Psychedelics: Lifting the veil 

Prof. Dr. Roland Griffiths’ TEDMed Talk: The Science of Psilocybin and its Use to Relieve Suffering 

Dr. med. Andrea Jungaberle: Psychedelic States, Death, & Dying (at INSIGHT 2019) 

MIND Foundation’s YouTube Channel 

Documentary: Trip of Compassion (2019)
This film follows three PTSD patients and their therapists on their journey through MDMA therapy as part of a study conducted in Israel. The above link leads to the trailer. The full film is available here, also, for a small fee.

Other media

ASC Study Monitor
The ASC Study Monitor, a product of MIND, tracks scientific publications related to altered states of consciousness (ASCs).

Psychedelic Timeline
This timeline captures the cultural history of psychedelics from about 5000 years ago until today.

Podcast by “Two Brad for You” (2019: Psychedelic Science with the MIND Foundation (with features from INSIGHT 2019) conference

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