In this presentation, we will first explore the role of psychedelics throughout human history. We’ll address the poignant similarities of its use in different cultures in dispersed geographic areas around the world and their important impact on human evolution and civilization by drawing from Shamanism in the Americas, the early days of Buddhism on the Indian subcontinent and the Eleusinian Mysteries in ancient Greece.
However, thankfully the dark age of psychedelics seems to be coming to an end. Recent studies using psychedelics in a wide variety of mental health disorders have repeatedly demonstrated their incredible potential, advocating for a change in their legal status and warranting a necessary reintroduction, at least in the realms of controlled use in clinical medicine.
But beyond exploring the possibilities of developing new medical treatments, what is the real potential of psychedelics? And could, in an age of spiritual deafening and ecological crisis, psychedelics potentially save humanity?
1. Understand the use and role of psychedelics in different cultures throughout human history.
2. Learn about the research and potential use of psychedelics for specific mental health conditions.
3. Explore the potential of psychedelics in a wider societal context.