Monday 6th March - 06:00 PM GMT
The Debate: The psychedelic revolution
A new mental health renaissance?
For decades psychedelics were derided as dangerous recreational drugs, now many claim they have the potential to revolutionise the treatment of mental health. On March 6th a lineup of leading experts join us for a programme of online events exploring the truth about therapeutic psychedelics.
With hundreds of clinical trials taking place the psychedelic therapeutic market is predicted to be over ten billion within the decade. It has been widely thought that psychedelics are effective at treating mental health because of the way they change brain chemistry. But studies from King's College London and Johns Hopkins suggest this is an error, showing that it's the psychedelic experience that aids mental wellbeing, not the physical brain changes.
Should we stop focussing on brain chemistry as the solution to mental health? What is it about psychedelic experience that can aid mental well being and will psychedelics live up to their promise and usher in a mental health renaissance? Or, is the hype bubble about to burst and should we look elsewhere for the silver bullet to the mental health crisis of our age?
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Prolific psychedlics expert
Matthew Johnson is one of the world’s most published scientists in the field of psychedelics with prior appearances on the Lex Friedman Podcast, 60 Minutes and National Geographic
Investigative science reporter
Shayla Love is a freelance reporter with extensive investigations into mental health, pharmaceuticals and neuroscience.
Cross party drug policy expert
Kevin Sabet is the only person to have served both Democrats and Republicans as a Drug Control Policy Advisor and is the founder of Smart Approaches to Marijuana.
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