Psychedelics within Capitalism: an online discussion

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It’s time for a conversation about one of the bigger questions that is on many minds within the psychedelic community. A short while ago, a company called Auryn Project released a story named ‘We Will Call it Pala’. The story paints a possible future wherein the psychedelic industry becomes capitalist. This story highlights the potential […]

ZOOMING IN on Psychedelic Therapy for Borderline Personality Disorder

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Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a severe psychiatric condition characterised by behavioural and emotion dysregulation, disturbances in self-identity, and impaired social functioning. Evidence-based psychotherapies for BPD such as dialectical behaviour therapy can often reduce BPD symptoms, and have helped improve the lives of many patients. However, these treatments have important limitations and not all individuals […]

Emotionsregulation im Gehirn – ohne und mit Psychedelika

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As humans, we consistently process environmental stimuli with regard to their importance for our organism. Emotions not only signal us the meaning but also determine how we deal with the stimuli. We have a complex, neural system of emotion and stress regulation at our disposal that has evolved over the course of evolution. The lecture […]

ZOOMING IN on.. Defining “Therapy” in Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy

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While psychedelic drugs such as psilocybin, LSD, and ayahuasca are making headlines as promising treatments for a wide range of mental disorders, the potential role of psychotherapy within these treatments is sometimes overlooked. But how exactly can psychotherapy affect the learning processes that are facilitated by psychedelic drugs? How will the incorporation of psychedelics shape […]

Psychedelic Exceptionalism: an online discussion

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Another day, another discussion! This time our interest has been piqued by a concept which we are all too familiar with: Psychedelic Exceptionalism. Psychedelic exceptionalism describes the phenomenon that people tend to grant psychedelics a ‘special status’ in comparison with other psychoactive substances, leading to a range of social narratives.  ‘These substances have value; the […]

How can Psychedelics help overcome collective trauma?

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PRESENTATION The current social scenario shaped by the covid-19 pandemia forces us to think about what’s essential, what’s necessary for a peaceful shared existence. Despite the toilet paper hoarding by some, a great sense of solidarity has been developed by others. It’s clear that we want peace. That’s essential. However, how to keep fear away when my […]

Trauma in the experience of the individual and of society: Which interactions exist and what does this mean for the implementation of the psychedelic experience in trauma therapy?

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PRESENTATION This talk will give an overview over the specific alterations within brain functioning and attachment patterns that contribute to the chronic course of trauma-related disorders. A special focus will be put on the phenomena of traumatic dissociation, which can be found in both the individual and society. The psychedelic experience appears to be a […]

Psychedelic Humanities and Humanism

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The revival of psychedelic research and therapies in the last decade has resulted in a growing number of publications from the medical sciences and psychology. This discourse is accompanied by a vivid and more debate on the philosophy of psychedelic states, on identity and gender politics around psychedelics, a rapidly evolving psychedelic industry and last […]

Technologies and Consciousness: Brain Computer Interfaces and the Psychedelic Journey

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Neuro and biofeedback technologies can help highlight the various states of awareness that underlie the positive outcomes associated with meditative practices and psychedelic therapies. My focus as a neurofeedback therapist is one of working with clients from a perspective of "state awareness". Psychedelics are "state" shifting medicines, therefore I believe that the use of neurofeedback […]

Can psychedelics change your political views?

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Psychedelics are purported to change people’s minds, sometimes in unexpected ways. However, is it possible they change your political perspective? If so, does this effect occur in every situation and for every political background? After reading an article giving examples of extreme right-wing usage of psychedelics, we became intrigued. Most people answer the above questions […]

Essential Questions: A Medical Doctor’s Perspective on Psychedelics, Death and Dying

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Within the last century we have come up with modern remedies and solutions for many situations that were desolate and unescapable before. Often antibiotics prevent death from diseases that were considered fatal in the past. Worn out hips can be replaced and modern clinical medicine almost seems to be working miracles. But just almost. At […]

Psychedelic Research and Therapy 101: An Introductory Webinar

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Do psilocybin, LSD and MDMA gain medical significance after all? The worldwide increase in mental illnesses such as depression and substance use disorders represents a serious crisis (WHO Mental Health Action Plan): 13% of the "global burden of disease" is attributable to mental health diagnoses. Effective psychotherapy is not available or only available to a […]