Strychnine

What is strychnine and why do people seem to believe that it is in so many different plants and drugs? Has that ever been true? If so, why, when and where? Keeper Trout takes a fun spin through the wacky world of drug deceptions, real and imaginary, in hopes of setting some rumours to rest ...

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 ...

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 ...

The causal relevance of psychedelic experiences to therapeutic benefits

Increasing evidence suggests that psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy can durably reduce symptoms of anxiety, depression, and addiction. Despite increasing enthusiasm about this treatment modality, including “Breakthrough Therapy” designations and talk of a “new paradigm” in psychiatry, fundamental questions remain unresolved. First, it is unclear whether psychedelic administration has a genuine causal effect on symptomatology, given problems concerning ...

The alchemical life

I am thinking about the dreams of plants in order to enter into an intimate relationship with them and create a possibility for them to express their fears, delights and needs. Dreams are a series of thoughts, images and sensations occurring during the sleep of plants. My talk will involve presenting my collected images and ...

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 ...

Encrypted communications, digitally mediated drug trading and psychedelics

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 ...