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Pitfalls of Psychedelic Medicine

July 8, 2021 12:00 PM


Matthew W. Johnson Ph.D.

Susan Hill Ward Professor of Psychedelics & Consciousness Research, Johns Hopkins

"""Matthew W. Johnson, Ph.D., is Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He is one of the world’s most published scientists on the human effects of psychedelics. Dr. Johnson earned his Ph.D. in experimental psychology at the University of Vermont in 2004, and has published >120 peer-reviewed articles. Working with psychedelics since 2004, Dr. Johnson published psychedelic safety guidelines in 2008, helping to resurrect psychedelic research. As Principle Investigator he developed and published the first research on psychedelic treatment of tobacco addiction in 2014. Dr. Johnson and colleagues published the largest study of psilocybin in treating cancer distress in 2016. His 2018 psilocybin abuse liability review recommended placement in Schedule-IV upon potential medical approval. He is Principle Investigator on funded studies investigating psilocybin in the treatment of opioid dependence and PTSD, and LSD in the treatment of chronic pain. In psychedelic research he also published the first blinded research showing effects of salvinorin A, and research examining psychedelic effects on mystical experience, personality change, meditation, and naturalistic addiction recovery. Dr. Johnson is also known for his behavioral economics research, including decision-making underlying addiction, tobacco regulatory science, and drug effects on sexual risk behavior. He has published studies on nearly all psychoactive drug classes. Dr. Johnson was 2019 President of the Psychopharmacology and Substance Abuse Division of the American Psychological Association, and is the 2020-2021 President of the International Society for Research on Psychedelics. He has received continuous NIH funding as Principal Investigator since 2009. He has reviewed for >75 journals and has served as guest editor on special issues on psychedelics in two peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Johnson has reviewed grants for NIH, NSF, the US Military, and multiple governments outside of the USA. He has provided invited presentations in 13 nations. Dr. Johnson has been interviewed widely including by Anderson Cooper on 60 Minutes, Fox Business News, CNN, NPR, BBC, New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, and Michael Pollan."""

July 9th

Psychedelic Assisted Therapies in Australia

July 9, 2021 10:00 AM


Tania de Jong AM

Co Founder and Executive Director of Mind Medicine Australia

Tania de Jong AM Acclaimed Australian soprano, global speaker, award-winning social entrepreneur, creative innovation authority, spiritual journeywoman Founder Creative Universe, Creativity Australia, Dimension5, Music Theatre Australia, Pot- Pourri, The Song Room and Founder and Executive Producer of Creative Innovation Global and co-founder of Mind Medicine Australia Tania de Jong (pronounced Yong) AM is one of Australia’s most successful female entrepreneurs and innovators having developed 5 businesses and 3 charities over 3 decades. Tania works across the public, private, creative and social sectors. She founded Creativity Australia, Creative Universe, MTA Entertainment & Events and The Song Room and works with disadvantaged communities through Creativity Australia’s ‘With One Voice’ choir social inclusion programs. She has recently co-founded Mind Medicine Australia. Tania presents keynote speeches and leadership programs and performs internationally as a soloist and with her group Pot-Pourri. She has released twelve albums including her new solo releases Solitary Harmony and The Breezes at Dawn have Secrets to Tell. Tania’s TED Talk How Singing Together Changes The Brain has sparked international interest. She is Founder and Executive Producer of Creative Innovation Global winning national and international awards. Creative Universe and Creative Innovation Global were ranked among the top 20 event organizers and agencies from around the world as part of the newly released Eventex All-Stars Index. Tania has founded a co-working space called Dimension5 in Melbourne to drive social innovation and collaboration. Tania’s awards include Ernst and Young Australian Social Entrepreneur of the Year. She was inducted into the AGSE Entrepreneurs Hall of Fame at Swinburne University and named Brainlink Woman of Achievement. Tania was named in the 100 Women of Influence and the 100 Australian Most Influential Entrepreneurs in Australia and recently was honoured with the Award for Meritorious Service to the Community in the Victorian Multicultural Awards for Excellence 2019. She was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in June 2008 for service to the Arts as a performer and entrepreneur and through the establishment and development of music and arts enrichment programs for schools and communities. Tania’s mission is to change the world, one voice at a time!

Visionary Art: Symbols & Meaning

July 9, 2021 1:20 PM


Liba W Stambollion


"Liba was born to American parents but grew up in South East Asia. She moved to the USA in her teenage years and then to Paris, France in 1993 where she has been living since. Liba paints, writes, makes books, and curates. Ecology, the Sacred Feminine and mystic dreams are the recurrent themes in her work. Liba has been working with psychoactive plants, holotropic breathing and lucid dreaming for forty years. Her painting, writing, intentions and manifestations are rooted in the mystic experience. ​ Liba did a year of art and environmental studies at Simons Rock of Bard College and went on to receive a scholarship from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she studied painting, wood working and bookbinding. She graduated in 1988 and stayed in Chicago exhibiting, teaching art and working for a cabinet maker until she was swept off her feet by a handsome and charming Frenchman. Together they designed handmade ecological furniture for almost thirty years. ​ Liba is the founder of Dreams and Divinities, a project which unites International visionary, fantastic and surrealist artists in the name of community and Love. The project showcases an eclectic mix of creativity through a series of books and exhibits from prestigious sites and museums to the equatorial forests of Colombia. As of April 2021, Liba has organized 29 events for the group and produced four books. ​ Liba's has done a multitude of exhibitions worldwide. She has exhibited her paintings in both galleries and museums in Europe, Canada, USA, South and Central America, Asia and Australia. ​ Her furniture designs, poems, paintings and interviews have been featured on television, in newspapers, magazines, books & numerous articles online. "

July 10th

Psilocybin Cooking Demonstration with Dr. K Mandrake

July 10, 2021 2:40 PM


Virginia Haze + Dr K Mandrake

Virginia Haze + Dr K Mandrake

Dr K Mandrake is a scientist and mushroom advocate, and along with his co-author Virginia Haze wrote The Psilocybin Mushroom Bible (2016) and The Psilocybin Chef Cookbook (2020), published by Green Candy Press. With a PhD in microbiology, Dr K’s specific interests include fungal biology, naturally occurring psychedelics, environmental justice and food sovereignty. Dr K uses a science-led approach to teach others how to safely grow and consume their own mushrooms, in addition to advising on a variety of projects, from the chemical quantification of fungal alkaloids to the use of locally occurring fungi in permaculture. In between keeping on top of the latest research in fungal biology and helping out aspiring growers on the DoubleBlind Mushroom Course forums, Dr K is equally likely to be found either out in the wild foraging for interesting cooking ingredients, or in the kitchen whipping up a delicious meal or a batch of homebrew beer. Virginia Haze is a prolific writer and photographer, and has written a number of books on the use of substances and the culture around them, including co-authoring the best-selling books The Psilocybin Mushroom Bible and The Psilocybin Chef Cookbook with Dr K. Mandrake. She’s a regular contributor to lifestyle publications and her photography has appeared in many books. She learned to grow mushrooms under the tutelage of Dr. K. Mandrake and has since become a fierce proponent of psilocybin decriminalisation and the dissemination of science-backed information relating to psychedelics. She has been working in this field for over a decade. Both Dr K and Virginia are active on Instagram @themushroombible where you can learn more about the work they do in the field of psychedelic mushroom cultivation and consumption.

July 11th

ICEERS Panel | Misunderstood Data: Ancient Wisdom in Science

July 11, 2021 3:25 PM


With Silvia Mesturini, Isabelle Stengers, José Carlos Bouso & Daiara Tukano

Silvia Mesturini is currently researching for the ERC project “Healing Encounters. Reinventing Indigenous Medicine in the Clinic and Beyond”. Within this project she focuses on Indigenous perspectives on the globalisation of ayahuasca and on the dialogue with STS and the epistemology of science. Her fieldwork is rooted with the Shipibo people of the Central Peruvian Amazon. She started conducting anthropological research on ayahuasca, ritual interaction, Indigenous ontologies and human and non-human relationality in 2004, both in the northern Peruvian Amazon as well as in Europe. She obtained a PhD in Anthropology in 2010 at the Free University of Brussels. She has since been teaching at the faculty of social and political science of the University of Louvain, Belgium and she has been giving trainings in social science to professionals of the mental health and social work sector in Brussels.

Isabelle Stengers is professor emerita of the Université Libre de Bruxelles. After graduating in chemistry she has turned to philosophy, and as a doctoral student her collaboration with Nobel Prize Ilya Prigogine has led her to develop the contrast between the conceptual inventiveness of physics and its role as a model of objectivity. Claiming the irreducible plurality of scientific practices, she has proposed, as a challenge inseparably political and cultural, the concept of an active ecology of practices, embedded within a demanding, empowered environment. Her work is related to the philosophy of Deleuze, Whitehead and James as well as to the anthropology of Latour and the SF thinking adventure of Haraway.

ICEERS Panel | Future Visions: Ceremonial Plant Medicine Practices in the West - Reciprocity and Collective Responsibility

July 11, 2021 6:00 PM


Miriam Volat, Hattie Wells, Jeronimo Mazarrasa & Andrea Langlois

Miriam Volat is interim Executive Director of the Indigenous Peyote Conservation Initiative and Co-director of the Riverstyx Foundation. She is a researcher, educator, organizer, facilitator and ecologist who focuses on biocultural conservation and justice. Miriam has never stopped exploring nutrient cycles and soil ecology, the emphasis of her M.S. work in the UC Davis Vegetable Crops Dept. She also has degrees in Political Science and Environmental Studies. Her work is committed to increasing health in community design and ecological, mental, physical, cultural and spiritual well-being. She is dedicated to supporting indigenous-led initiatives and medicine conservation. Miriam, also a mother, feels it is her responsibility to be actively engaged in looking to the future. She is fortunate her daughter, Cora, also supports her work and participates passionately on her many adventures.

Hattie Wells is an ethnobotanist and activist with over twenty years of experience researching and working with psychedelics. She is a director of Breaking Convention, the UK’s largest conference on psychedelic consciousness and works as editor for a cannabis company, Seedsman. Drug policy reform advocacy includes having worked with Transform Drug Policy Foundation and The Beckley Foundation in an effort to promote evidence-based drug policies and stop the needless criminalisation of certain people who use certain drugs. She is currently consulting for ICEERS on a project to develop a roadmap for legally and ethically integrating the ritual use of plant psychedelics into the Global North.

Jerónimo M.M. is an ayahuasca community activist and independent researcher. He has produced and written two documentaries about ayahuasca. The first about the Brazilian Ayahuasca churches, the second about the use of Ayahuasca in the treatment of drug addiction. In the last 20 years he has travelled extensively through South America, researching a broad range of Ayahuasca practices, and has lectured internationally on ayahuasca tourism and the appropriation of indigenous knowledge. He works as Social Innovation Coordinator for the ICEERS Foundation, and is a founding member of the Plantaforma (Platform for the Defense of Ayahuasca) in the last 5 years he has devoted most of his energy to think about how ritual plants practices can be integrated outside of their countries of origin.

Andrea Langlois is a communicator, facilitator, and community-based researcher and is passionate about policy, dialogue, and social movements. She is the Director of Engagement at ICEERS and the co-lead of the Iboga and Ibogaine Community Engagement Initiative.

ICEERS Panel | The Unintended Consequences of the Biomedicalization of Traditional Plants

July 11, 2021 8:15 PM


Walter López-Panshin Nima, Ricard Faura, Miguel Evanjuanoyy & Imika Tarirú

Walter López-Panshin Nima is the President of the Association of Shipibo Onaya Ancestral Doctors ASOMASHK. Shipibo-Conibo People.

Ricard Faura holds a PhD in social psychology and a Master’s Degree in anthropology. He is an international project developer, a weaver of alliances, and also a university professor (UOC). He is currently weaving alliances with ancestral knowledge holders and coordinating biocultural conservation projects at ICEERS.

Miguel Evanjuanoy Chindoy, environmental engineer, member of the Inga people, community leader and follower of yagé spirituality since his childhood years. He lives in a rural village in Putumayo, Colombia where at present he serves as a mayor, within the constitutional framework of indigenous governance. Miguel is an indigenous rights' activist and a spokesperson for the Union of Indigenous Yage Medics of the Colombian Amazon (UMIYAC). His work is aimed at the defense of indigenous knowledge systems and strengthening territorial and political autonomy of Amazonian indigenous peoples. He also focuses on key issues such as: the role that indigenous spirituality and yagé medicine play in indigenous governance, indigenous mental health, peacebuilding and reconciliation in war-torn Colombia. Recently he has been researching and raising conscience about the devastating effects of cultural appropriation of spiritual practices on Amazonian communities. He leads UMIYAC’s technical committee.

Imika is a wisdom keeper, ancestral healer and spiritual guide of the Tubú Nation.

July 12th

The Psychedelic Economy: Conscious Capitalism

July 12, 2021 5:00 PM


Moderated by Shadd Dales, with Hilary Black, Tim Moore & Peter Rands

In her role as Chief Advocacy Officer at Canopy Growth, Hilary is responsible for driving patient advocacy efforts worldwide, executing the Company’s social purpose strategy including social justice initiatives, and co-leading the implementation of best practices for diversity & inclusion. In 1997, Hilary founded the British Columbia Compassion Club Society (BCCCS), the first medical cannabis dispensary in Canada. In addition to providing medical cannabis therapies, the BCCCS offers subsidized natural healthcare services in its Wellness Centre, dramatically improving the health and quality of life for thousands of critically and chronically ill Canadians. She has been dedicated to serving patients for over 20 years and continues to be committed to breaking down the barriers to access to medical cannabis for all Canadian patients. She championed an initiative focusing on the role of cannabis in addressing the opioid overdose crisis and other substance use disorders. Canopy Growth donated $2.5 million to the University of British Columbia, and the BC Ministry of Mental Health and Addiction donated an additional $500,000 to establish the Canopy Growth Professorship of Cannabis Science which will examine the potential utility of cannabis in addressing the opioid crisis. Mr. Rands is a qualified patent attorney in the UK and Europe with over 10 years’ experience in the pharmaceutical industry. Mr. Rands has always had a passion for pharmaceutical innovation. Mr. Rands graduated from the University of Oxford in 2003 with a first class degree in Chemistry, following which he trained and qualified as a UK and European patent attorney specializing in pharmaceuticals. Tim Moore is the CEO of Havn Life Sciences Inc. Shadd Dales is the CEO of The Dales Report.

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Perspectives on Psychedelic Therapy & Research

July 15, 2021 11:15 AM


Rachel Yehuda

Dr. Rachel Yehuda

Rachel Yehuda, Ph.D. is the Director of the Center for the Study of Psychedelic Psychotherapy and Trauma, Vice Chair for Veterans Affairs for the Psychiatry Department and a Professor of Psychiatry and Neuroscience at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai as well as the Director of Mental Health at the Bronx Veterans Affairs Medical Center and the Director of the Traumatic Stress Studies Division. Throughout her career her research has focused on the study of the enduring effects of trauma exposure, particularly PTSD, as well as associations between biological and psychological measures. She has investigated novel treatment approaches for PTSD and the biological factors that may contribute to differing treatment outcomes for the purpose of developing personalized medicine strategies for treatment matching in PTSD. This work has resulted in an approved US patent for a PTSD blood test. Recently, Dr Yehuda’s laboratory has used advances in stem cell technology to examine PTSD gene expression networks in induced neurons. The Center for Psychedelic Psychotherapy and Trauma integrates sophisticated brain imaging and molecular neuroscience in PTSD with clinical trials using MDMA assisted psychotherapy and other related medicines. She has authored more than 450 published papers, chapters, and books in the field of trauma and resilience, focusing on topics such as PTSD prevention and treatment, molecular biomarkers of stress vulnerability and resilience, and intergenerational effects of trauma and PTSD.

Psychedelic Law: A Closer Look

July 15, 2021 12:15 PM


Robert W.E. Laurie

President AD LUCEM LAW CORPORATION, Barrister & Solicitor

AD LUCEM LAW CORPORATION was founded in 2013 by Robert W.E. Laurie, an international lawyer, qualified in England and called to the British Columbia Bar. Robert’s legal practice focuses on commercial business, government, regulatory issues, plus charter and constitutional legalities surrounding cannabis and psychedelic plant medicines. Robert has seventeen years of policy development and legal practice in corporate, commercial, and administrative law, plus licensing, regulatory, and constitutional charter experience concerning medical access to cannabis and psilocybin. As a lawyer in Canada, Robert works to reform drug laws. As a consultant, he devises regulatory, government policy, and business solutions for companies operating globally in the regulated food, cannabis, and psychedelic industries. Robert serves as a board advisor to MAPS Canada, the Last Prisoner Project, and SPORE Denver. He is a legal advisor to the Heroic Hearts Project, a founder of the McKenna Academy of Natural Philosophy, and a director of the Ecuador Amazon Restoration Project. Robert has been working and advocating tirelessly as a lawyer to improve medical patient access to cannabis, psychedelics and sacred plant medicines, and facilitate the reform of drug laws to better society. Robert advised Dr. Bruce Tobin and the TheraPsil Alliance litigation team (first Section 56 CDSA medical exemption for psilocybin). He was one of the Decriminalize Nature Canada Petition drafters, part of a national campaign to decriminalize restricted plant medicines and fungi in Canada. His goal is to help provide more options for doctors and treatments for patients dealing with anxiety, depression, addiction, and PTSD. Robert is an acclaimed international speaker, presenting at conferences and events on the laws surrounding cannabis, psychedelic, and entheogenic medicines in North America, South America, Europe, Asia, and Australia.