Encrypted communications, digitally mediated drug trading and psychedelics
– Dr Monica Barratt

In 2011, the first darknet market or cryptomarket for illegal drugs (Silk Road) began trading. It marked a key innovation in digitally mediated drug trading, where buyers could purchase illegal drugs, including psychedelics, from an array of vendors with quality rankings, using anonymised browsers and currencies. Completing a purchase on a darknet market requires a ...

Every nectar needs a vessel to hold it. The greater the vessel, the more potent the nectar can be.

As we go through rites of passage, initiations, plant medicine inductions, we are strengthening our capacity and crafting the vessel of our being. In this way we are capable of holding finer and finer nectar. Vision, wisdom, resilience, power, all has a home in which to reside. Every culture has somewhere in its lineage rites ...

New World Technology and Old World Wisdom: Use of virtual reality in facilitating movement through phases of psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy

This talk explores VR scenarios designed to promote movement through phases of psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy, and discusses a novel protocol that utilizes unique features of VR as the moderator of the psychedelic journey. The protocol was developed by Enosis Therapeutics- focussed on combining new world technology with old-world wisdom. The unique therapeutic approach of treatment that ...

Philosophical issues in psychedelic research: A review of emerging themes

Serotonergic (or “classic”) psychedelics have struck many researchers as raising significant philosophical questions that, until recently, were largely unexplored by academic philosophers. In this talk, based on collaborative work with Jaipreet Mattu (University of Western Ontario), I will give an overview of four emerging lines of research at the intersection of academic philosophy and psychedelic ...

A New Trip: towards a path of representation, inclusion and safety in the psychedelic movement

Psychedelics have moved to the forefront of global mainstream consciousness and research continues to show their efficacy and promise in treating trauma, depression, anxiety and a variety of other conditions. However, despite this focus and excitement, psychedelic research – and the movement more broadly - has a long history of excluding marginalised communities, and dismissing ...

Ayahuasca: A Complex Elixir With Variable Effects

While researching the therapeutic potential of ayahuasca from a Psychiatry perspective, I have realized that ayahuasca is a highly variable plant medicine that has variable effects depending on how it is brewed. This presentation explains the implications of these variations for the subjective experience of people attending ayahuasca ceremonies, where legally permitted. Most indigenous Amazonian ...

DanceWize: Trip sitting and psychedelic harm reduction

The principles for psychedelic support (otherwise known as ‘trip sitting’) that are promoted by international groups like MAPS Zendo Project and Kosmicare Association, as well as Australia’s DanceWize program, focus on set and setting. Psychedelic support in music event settings is different from psychedelic assisted psychotherapy (PAP) in many ways. For example, with PAP a ...

Between Sex and Death – A Journey in the Mycosphere

The scent of the prized Périgord truffle is somewhere 'between sex and death', according to one Australian forager. This fungus vies with Iranian caviar as one of the most expensive foods in the world. Australia’s costly culinary predilections have driven a significant European truffle-growing industry since the 1990s. Throughout history, fungi have confounded with their ...