CAN PSYCHEDELICS REALLY CHANGE THE WORLD?

TOWARD PSYCHEDELIC TECHNOLOGIES

PSYCHEDELICS: TOOLS FOR SOCIAL TRANSFORMATION OR VECTORS OF CULTURAL TRANSMISSION?

Recently, a co-founder of the Extinction Rebellion environmental movement publicly called for “mass psychedelic disobedience”. During the Breaking Convention 2019 conference, which gathered international specialists on psychedelic substances in London, Gail Bradbrook, PhD, said:

PSYCHEDELICS AS TOOLS FOR CULTURAL TRANSMISSION: ETHICAL ISSUES AND POLITICAL CHALLENGES IN THE CONTEXT OF THE “PSYCHEDELIC RENAISSANCE”

In addition to producing experiences that are strongly influenced by culture, psychedelic substances have another remarkable property: Many observers have noted that the psychedelic experience is frequently marked by a striking feeling of gaining unmediated knowledge. The experience is usually received and believed as a revelation, without the felt need for external validation or evidence. Insofar as psychedelics produce experiences whose content is strongly influenced by culture, using psychedelics may lead one to feel strongly that the metaphysical claims predominant in one’s culture are true. I claim that these two properties make hallucinogenic substances powerful potential vectors of cultural transmission.

EXPLORING THE SINGULARITIES OF HALLUCINOGENIC SUBSTANCES: TOWARDS PSYCHEDELIC TECHNOLOGIES

Without denying the fact that psychedelics have their own effects due to their neuro-pharmacological properties, the psychedelic experience remains strongly shaped by the norms and values of the social groups of those who use them. Rather than opting for a seductive but angelic approach — seeing psychedelics as substances capable of “healing the world” — or a repressive approach based on the fear of seeing these substances become tools for “brain washing”, we must recognize what makes these substances unique among the large family of psychotropic drugs: their great sensitivity to extraphamarcological factors.

Building a healthier, more connected world through psychedelic research and education.