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 ...

The St Vincent’s Melbourne Psilocybin-Palliative Care Trial – Much behind us, but so much still ahead…

Friday 31st January 2020 was a momentous day in the history of psychedelic research in Australia, as the clinical team of St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne’s landmark trial of psilocybin-assisted therapy for anxiety and depression associated with terminal illness treated their first participant in their first drug-therapy session. That day marked just over two years after ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...