Psychedelic Harm Reduction at Parties and Festivals
with Levente Móró, PhD
Pre-Conference Workshop of Beyond Psychedelics 2018 June 19, Prague
Psychedelic festivals pose extra safety risks due to drug impurities, dosing errors, misidentifications, drug interactions, visitors’ medical conditions, or their reckless attitude toward drug use. Basic harm reduction services include water distribution, substance information, first aid, psychological help, and drug checking. While hallucinogens (LSD, DMT, psilocybin, mescaline, etc). may cause life-enriching experiences in an ideal set and setting, temporary alterations of consciousness may turn into a ‘bad trip’, psychedelic emergency, or spiritual crisis.
Specially trained harm reduction teams (psychedelic support, psycare) intervene in psychedelics-related problematic situations. Levente Móró introduce harm reduction and psycare services, discuss psychological suitability for psycare work, and describe psychedelic consciousness alteration. Levente also summarise methods to help in difficult experiences, and present example cases and data collected by an international psycare team.
Levente Móró, obtained his PhD finally in 2017 at the Centre for Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Turku, Finland, on the topic of hallucinatory altered states of consciousness. Within his main research area psychedelics, his special interests are online drug-user communities (psychonauts), sacramental and spiritual drug use (entheogens), and Salvia divinorum. Residing in Budapest at the moment since a long time, he is the coordinator of the party/festival harm reduction and crisis intervention (psycare) volunteer team DÁT2 Psy Help, the leader of the Hungarian psychedelic community Daath.hu, and the current president of the Hungarian MAPS organisation.
Workshop will be held in English.