Mission

Discuss the potential of psychedelics, alternative states of consciousness and technologies for individuals and societies; review their risks and create guidelines for beneficial safe use and harm reduction; explore the potential of collaborations between a variety of experts.

Description

The aim of the conference is to provide a platform for global cooperation among people with a professional interest in psychedelics. We aspire to facilitate the exchange of both scientific knowledge and real practical experience – at a global level and across a variety of disciplines, thus creating new synergies.

The event will encourage innovative discussions on approaches to psychedelics and on the unequivocal position these substances still hold in the modern age – despite the lack of available evidence – in order to support their successful integration into our society. To achieve this, an in-depth review of current challenges associated with their use should be a key interest.

Therefore, besides exploring potential benefits, this year we aim to focus more on their harmful potential and incorporate cross-cultural perspectives to establish guidelines for safe use, harm-reduction and prevention strategies when working with psychedelics, alternative states of consciousness, and technologies.

Objectives

  • Support a bias-free environment and funding for the research on the risks and potentials of psychedelics and altered states of consciousness
  • Synthesize the knowledge and experience from a wide variety of scientists and practitioners, including Indigenous peoples and users
  • Discuss possible models of beneficial use of psychedelics in Western societies
  • Support integration of psychedelics into modern society
  • Develop guidelines for the safe use and harm-reduction in various settings
  • Enable users of psychedelics and patients to participate in creating therapeutic models and policy.
  • Provide a platform for global cooperation

Tracks

Challenges

Although psychedelics are generally considered to be surprisingly safe, there is a wide variety of risks associated with their inappropriate use. What Challenges do we face when trying to integrate psychedelics into our societies?

Integration

The solution to possible harms is a sensible Integration on the individual and societal level. How can we integrate altered states of consciousness? Can potential benefits of psychedelics justify a risky treatment? What is the importance of pre-screening and after-care in administration of such a substances?

Synergy

We believe that we can all benefit from the transfer of knowledge and experiences, for which a meaningful multidisciplinary dialogue is essential. That is why we invite experts from a variety of fields scientists, practitioners, eyewitnesses of the 60s psychedelic era, students, politicians and others. How can we work together to facilitate new Synergies?

Concept

At the beginning of the third millennium humanity finds itself in a state of increasing contrasts. As rates of mental health problems gradually rise, psychedelics are showing greater potential as one of the possible tools to help solve this problem. Looking at the rapidly growing body of evidence, we expect psychedelics to be legally administered by trained clinicians during the next few years. Whilst many patients are still waiting for this reality, psychedelics are already being used in other contexts and for various purposes. However, without legislation, real practice is extremely diverse and full of controversies.

In society at present, there is an interesting dichotomy; we experience intense development of technologies on one side, and people moving closer to nature and striving to learn from traditional knowledge on the other side. Westerners ranging from medical doctors to the Psychonauts are taking psychedelics, and also exploring also other consciousness-altering techniques.

Although our methods, tools and reasons differ, we all share the need to explore the potential of our consciousness and we can all learn from one-another through our triumphs and difficulties.  

Today, we live in a dynamic and fast changing world, that offers many opportunities but also brings great challenges. Surprising beneficial properties of new tools and discoveries are accompanied by unforeseen risks and possible harm. To integrate those tools successfully, in conjunction we have to work on developing a safety net for harm-reduction, but even more importantly, methods of harm prevention.

There is a power in diversity, so in order to represent as many different perspectives as possible, the list of speakers will include western scientists, traditional indigenous experts, drug policy analysts, historians and eyewitnesses of the 1960s, people working with psychedelics in their treatment practice, people working in psychedelic harm-reduction services and, last but not least, patients treated by psychedelics as well as lay-users of psychedelics.

We will meet to share our diverse perspectives from all over the world, engage in discussions, explore the potential of psychedelics and our consciousness, learn from each other and look for new prospects for the use of psychedelics in modern society.

Main areas of interest:

Psychedelic research , Modern psychedelic practice, Shamanism , Drug policy and harm-reduction, Non-psychedelic alternative states of consciousness, Spirituality and Humanity, Technologies

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