OCD helps with timetable building. Yep. - Tactical Ninja
Apr. 15th, 2013
11:09 am - OCD helps with timetable building. Yep.
Right now I'm batching. This is probably a good thing because otherwise I'd be driving Dr Wheel a bit nuts with my last minute excitement and preparations. This morning I made my timetable for the conference, complete with colour-coding for "Must attend", "Would like to attend" and "Grab the notes".
Talks that I will be at because they look really interesting and useful
Love and Transcendence: Transformative Themes From Patients' Experiences in the NYU Psilocybin Cancer Anxiety Study - how magic mushrooms are helping people come to terms with their mortality.
Q&A Session: “Understanding the Shadow” - Ann Shulgin talks about how drugs can help people come to terms with the negative aspects of their personality.
The Psychedelic Apprentice - the next generation of therapists are likely to have psychedelics available in their toolkit. What should we be teaching them about this?
2C-B: Subjective Effects and Potential Clinical Uses .
Scientific Problem Solving with Psychedelics - you know how LSD is held partly responsible for the development of the internet? Research into how those processes actually work.
Beyond Fear: MDMA and Emotion - why is MDMA so damn good at making people feel safe?
Repositioning Psychedelics in the Public Mind - how to get some mature communication going about psychedelics.
Communicating the Unspeakable: Linguistic Phenomena in the Psychedelic Sphere - how people explain their drug experiences, and what that says about consciousness.
Notes on Progress in the New Zealand Ibogaine Study - yep, Ibogaine as a potential aid to addiction therapy, right here in Unzud.
State of the Stone 2013: Drugs of the Future, Now - the Erowids talk about trying to keep up with the explosion of new substances, and the need for effective transmission of real information about them.
Why People Climb Mountains - the neuroscience of risk-taking and how it relates to drug use.
Quantitative Analysis of Narrative Reports of Psychedelic Drugs - mostly useful for my own planned research.
A Phenomenologically Grounded Ethnographic Study of the Life-World of Ecstasy Users - someone taking ecstasy use as part of a normal life seriously. Nice. Could be awesome, could be wanky. I'll find out.
Talks that I will make it to if I can
Uses of Psychedelics in Shamanism and Psychotherapy
Ayahuasca Admixture Plants: An Uninvestigated Folk Pharmacopoeia
Psilocybin in the Treatment of Smoking Addiction: Psychological Mechanisms and Participant Account
The Essence of Psychedelic Therapy
MAPS’ Drug Development Strategy: MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy for PTSD
An Analysis of the Working Alliance in MDMA-Assisted Therapy
From the Johns Hopkins Psilocybin Findings to the Reconstruction of Religion
Clinical Perspectives in Preparing and Managing High Dose Psilocybin Sessions: Insights from Johns Hopkins
Psychedelic Psychotherapy: Insights from 25 Years of Research
The Neural Correlates of Altered Consciousness: From Hypnosis and Meditation to Drug-Based Changes
Psilocybin-Facilitated Treatment for Addiction: Smoking Cessation
In Search of Entheogenic Molecules: Phytochemical Analysis from the DMT-Nexus
Talks that I will grab the notes of
Johns Hopkins Psilocybin Research Project: Studies of Mystical Experience and Meditation in Healthy Volunteers
Learning from Listening: Qualitative Data in MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy Research
I'm also going to spend Thursday at this workshop - Psychedelic horizons beyond psychotherapy:
"In addition to their psychotherapeutic uses, experimental evidence shows that psychedelics deepen daily life and enrich most academic fields. As popular use still is 99% of all experiences, it is important to be aware of the effects of rising religious use, microdosing, problem–solving, self-help groups, effects on education and popular culture. Entheogenic uses promote spiritual growth including heightened senses of significance, meaningfulness, and sacredness. Personality growth promotes altruism and open mindedness. Future leads propose advances through microdosing, developing a Multistate Theory —even exploring previously unknown mindbody states that may contain unusual, rare and even undiscovered human abilities."
Because I'm a bit concerned about the way that drug use is currently pathologised, and also about the recent focus on medical uses for substances in order to give them legitimacy. While I understand that this is the paradigm we currently live in, and that proving a medical use for a substance is a way of changing its classification under the law (most classifications cite medical uses and risks of harm as their basis), that still delegitimises all use that is not for a specific medical purpose.
There have been some exceptions made for substances that have long traditional religious uses, but that still discounts the validity of other uses. My question is, why do we have to prove some 'higher purpose' in order for drug use to be recognised as legitimate? Why are fun, life enhancement, community building, or changes to creativity and problem-solving processes not valid reasons for using drugs as part of a normal, healthy life?
I fear that the current focus on legitimising drug use through medicine still buys into the view that drugs are for people who have something wrong with them, and that the only valid use of a drug is to fix a problem. This perpetuates the view that anyone who chooses to use a drug is somehow flawed, and that makes it very easy to continue to stigmatise drug users and to ignore what I consider to be valid choices, and valid reasons to use drugs. I resent the implication that doing something because it's fun is a character flaw, and frankly, I think it's stupid to assume that enjoyment isn't a legitimate pursuit.
So, um, yeah. I could rant for a while about that but I think you get the picture. So I'm going to the workshop. Hopefully I won't be disappointed. Either way, I'll get to meet people and that is always a good thing. There is also a marketplace - I am very curious as to what a marketplace for a conference relating to psychedelic substances looks like - and a dinner and show on the Saturday. I R EXCITE! (cos you couldn't tell, eh?)
Today, I'm going to see if I can extract some money from my bank. And also do the finishing on the Brainfart parts, so they won't get damaged as I fiddle around making it bigger. Wish me luck!