Rick Doblin

“The cultural integration of psychedelics won't happen overnight, and the question of young people is perhaps the most difficult involved. The first step is for people who have knowledge of these substances to share it, "coming out" about their own experiences. Drug education should be honest and present a balanced picture of risks and benefits.” 

Rick Doblin, PhD is the founder and executive director of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies(MAPS). He received his doctorate in Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, where he wrote his dissertation on the regulation of the medical uses of psychedelics and marijuana and his Master’s thesis on a survey of oncologists about smoked marijuana vs. the oral THC pill in nausea control for cancer patients. His undergraduate thesis at New College of Florida was a 25-year follow-up to the classic Good Friday Experiment, which evaluated the potential of psychedelic drugs to catalyze religious experiences. He also conducted a thirty-four year follow-up study to Timothy Leary’s Concord Prison Experiment.

Rick studied with Dr. Stanislav Grof and was among the first to be certified as a Holotropic Breathwork practitioner. His professional goal is to help develop legal contexts for the beneficial uses of psychedelics and marijuana, primarily as prescription medicines but also for personal growth for otherwise healthy people, and eventually to become a legally licensed psychedelic therapist. He founded MAPS in 1986, and currently resides in Boston with his wife and three children.

 

Dennis McKenna

Dennis McKenna

Dennis McKenna, PhD is an ethnopharmacologist and the brother of Terence McKenna. He received his Doctorate in 1984 from the University of British Columbia, where his doctoral research focused on ethnopharmacological investigations of the botany, chemistry, and pharmacology of ayahuasca and oo-koo-he, two orally-active tryptamine-based hallucinogens used by indigenous peoples in the Northwest Amazon.

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Fire Erowid

Fire Erowid

Fire Erowid is co-founder of Erowid.org and Executive Director of Erowid Center and Head Archivist. She is the site’s primary information architect, designer, and editor as well as being responsible for fundraising and budget management. Fire has many years experience studying psychoactive plants and drugs. She has written hundreds of pages of information about these materials, authored numerous articles, spoken at academic and professional conferences, and has had her work cited by newspapers, education programs, college classes, and seminars around the world.

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Earth Erowid

Earth Erowid

Earth Erowid is a founder of Erowid.org and the site's Technical Director and the Chief Software Engineer. He designs and implements the custom software systems necessary for managing the large flow of information through the site and is the lead editor responsible for scientific information published by Erowid.

Earth works in the field of psychoactive information distribution and has written extensively on the topic. He has co-authored academic posters, been published in both large and small publications, and been interviewed by major news organizations about his work.

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Katherine MacLean

Katherine MacLean

Katherine MacLean is an academically trained research scientist and meditation practitioner with a long-standing interest in the brain, consciousness and the science of well-being. As a graduate student at the University of California, Davis, Katherine was supported by a prestigious National Science Foundation research fellowship to study the effects of intensive meditation training on concentration, emotional well-being and brain function.

As a postdoctoral fellow and faculty member at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, she was one of the only scientists in the world studying psilocybin — a psychedelic chemical found naturally in certain types of mushrooms. Her groundbreaking research on psilocybin and personality change suggests that psychedelic medicines may be the key to enhancing mental health and promoting openness and creativity throughout the lifespan.

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Neşe Devenot

Neşe Devenot

Neşe Devenot is currently Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Digital Humanities at the University of Puget Sound. She received her PhD in 2015 from the Program in Comparative Literature and Literary Theory at the University of Pennsylvania, where she studied psychedelic philosophy, the literary history of chemical self-experimentation (“trip reports”), and radical poetics. I taught the class “Drug Wars: The Influence of Psychoactive Rhetoric” as a 2014-15 Critical Speaking Fellow at Penn, where I previously taught “Higher Dimensions in Literature” and “Poetic Vision and the Psychedelic Experience.” She was also a 2014-15 Andrew W. Mellon Graduate Research Fellow with the Penn Humanities Forum, where she worked on the project “‘Innumerable Fine Shades’: Psychedelics and Synesthesia in the Literary Self-Experiments of Aldous Huxley.” She's a founder of the Psychedemia interdisciplinary psychedelics conference, and the former editor of “This Week in Psychedelics,” a Reality Sandwich column that reported on psychedelic news in the media between 2011 and 2013. She's presented on psychedelics at numerous conferences in the United States, Canada, England, and Australia. She's received her bachelor’s degree in 2009 from Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, NY, where she double majored in Philosophy and Literature.

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Dorion Sagan

Dorion Sagan is an award-winning author and co-author of twenty-four books translated into eleven languages. His writings have appeared in The New York Times, The New York Times Book Review, The Skeptical Inquirer, Wired, Cabinet, Natural History, The Sciences, and other magazines. His coauthored What is Life? with Lynn Margulis, was called “A masterpiece of science writing” in Orion magazine, and included on a list of “Mind-Altering Masterpieces” by Utne Reader.

His book Into the Cool, coauthored with ecologist Eric D. Schneider, was tagged “fascinating” by Nobel Prize winning chemist and poet Roald Hoffmann, and Melvin Konner, in The New York Times wrote about Microcosmos: Four Billion Years of Microbial Evolution that “this admiring reader of Lewis Thomas, Carl Sagan and Stephen Jay Gould has seldom, if ever, seen such a luminous prose style in a work of this kind.”

A Fellow of the Lindisfarne Association, he has been a Humana Scholar at Centre College in Danville, Kentucky, and received an Educational Press Association of America Excellence in Educational Journalism Award for “The Riddle of Sex,” which appeared in The Science Teacher. His Death and Sex, a two-in-one hardcover published by Chelsea Green, won the 2010 New York Book Show in the competitive general trade nonfiction category. His current interests include philosophy and science fiction.

 

Casey Hardison

Casey Hardison is a psychedelic chemist who was arrested in 2004 while living in England for the manufacture of LSD, DMT, and 2C-B. After an eight week trial in 2005 he was convicted and sentenced to 20 years in British prison. He was released in 2013.

Casey acted as his own lawyer during the trial arguing that as long as no one was harmed he had the natural human right to engage in the personal use of psychedelics for cognitive liberty, religious, and medical purposes.

Casey is an advocate for cognitive liberty and argues that current drug laws discriminate against this natural freedom of thought. 

Read more about Casey, writings, and trial documents at the Erowid character vault.

"I want to create a world of people understand the fine line between alone and all one. We are here, this now, this is what we've got so let's celebrate, let's party, let's be nice to each other. Come on folks can't we all just get along."

 

Gabrielle Agin-Liebes

Gabrielle Agin-Liebes is a researcher in the NYU Psilocybin Cancer Anxiety Research Group. The study seeks to examine whether changes in perception and awareness prompted by psilocybin-assisted psychotherapy can improve anxiety, depression and existential distress experienced by people diagnosed with cancer.  

She is an investigator of the NYU Qualitative Interview Study, which aims to understand patient processes of sense-making and the attribution of meaning within the context of the psilocybin sessions and psychotherapy sessions using an Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis. 

Gabrielle is a MA Psychology candidate at NYU's Graduate School of Arts & Science and will be starting her doctoral training in clinical psychology at Palo Alto University in the fall. Her research focuses on the study and development of contemplative and spiritual pathways that give rise to the self-compassionate self, with and without psychedelics.

Alexandre Tannous

 

Alexandre Tannous has been active as a musician, educator, composer, and as an ethnomusicologist. He has performed a variety of musical styles including classical, jazz, rock, and non-Western music on the double bass, guitar, piano and percussion. Alexandre is also active as an ethnomusicologist.

He has conducted fieldwork for 17 years in over 40 countries around the world. His ethnomusicological research investigates issues of acculturation, community, musical identity in an urban setting, and the concepts of talent, charisma, and leadership in music. 

For the past eight years he has been researching the therapeutic and esoteric properties of sound from three different perspectives - Western scientific, Eastern philosophical, and shamanic societal beliefs. This has lead him to design a protocol of an integrated experience he calls “Sound Meditation” in which he shares the findings from his research, raising an awareness to how a specifically designed sound can have the ability to help us to disconnect from habitual patterns, and guiding people in how to disconnect from the mind in this setting while listening to the specific traditional instruments he plays.

He currently works as a sound therapist and teaches this practice.

 

Dimitri Mugianis

Dimitri Mugianis

Dimitri Mugianis is a drug policy activist, musician, Bwiti Nganga (spiritual healer) and community organizer.

Raised in Detroit, he moved to NYC with his band 'Leisure Class' but Dimitri's heroin problem grew along with the band. After losing his pregnant common-law wife to the drug, he went to Amsterdam for an iboga ceremony that broke his addiction. He then found a mentor in Howard Lotsof – the father of the American ibogaine movement – and Dimitri traveled to Gabon several times to be initiated into the iboga religion of the Bwiti. He co-founded the 'Universalist Bwiti Society” and performed over 600 ibogaine treatments – mostly for addiction & mostly illegal.

He beat federal charges from a DEA sting that used a paid informant seeking treatment and then had a documentary made about his work called 'Dangerous with Love' as well as stories by NPR, This American Life, VICE, the NYTimes & a cover feature in the Village Voice.

He also co-founded VOCAL (Voices of Community Advocates and Leaders) and is currently is the Nganga-in-residence for drug users at New York Harm Reduction Educators (NYHRE) – an East Harlem needle exchange.

He hopes to soon be taking ibogaine to Afghanistan.

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Kilindi Iyi

Kilindi Iyi is the head instructor and technical advisor of Tamerrian Martial Art Institute.  A world traveler and mycologist, Kilindi has presented on the subject of psilocybin as far north as Norway and as far south as Australia. His exploration and research talks about and centers on the high dose of psilocybin magic mushrooms.  Kilindi shares information gleaned from many experiences with dosages in the 20 thru 30 dried gram range Kilindi brings decades worth of traveling in novel states of consciousness to share, coupled with the skills of master cultivator of exotic mushrooms lends a power and authenticity to his presentations. Kilindi remains a student teacher and advocate for the hallucinogenic experience.
 

Audio

Psymposia Psilocybin For The People
Psychedelic Stories High Dose Mushrooms & A Trip to Australia

Video

Psymposia Psilocybin For The People
Psychedelic Stories High Dose Mushrooms & A Trip to Australia

Africa, Transhumanism & The Magic Mushroom

Breaking Convention High-Dose Mushrooms: Beyond the Threshold

Chris Kilham

Chris Kilham is a medicine hunter, author and educator. The founder of Medicine Hunter Inc., Chris has conducted medicinal research in over 40 countries.

Chris's latest book, The Ayahuasca Test Pilots Handbook: The Essential Guide to Ayahuasca Journeying provides a comprehensive guide to the world of ayahuasca shamanism, healing, and spirituality. His other books include The Five Tibetans and Psyche Delicacies: Coffee, Chocolate, Chiles, Kava, and Cannabis, and Why They're Good for You. Richard Branson features Chris in his book, Screw Business as Usual.

As Explorer in Residence for Naturex of Avignon, France, Chris conducts medicinal plant research for the largest botanical extraction company in the world. He is also the Sustainability Ambassador of the Naturex Foundation, which funds community development projects in various countries. Chris works with companies to develop and popularize traditional plant-based food and medicinal products into market successes. These include kava, maca, rhodiola, schisandra, tamanu oil, cat’s claw, dragon’s blood, ayahuasca, and dozens of other plants. Chris lectures extensively on holistic health and botanical medicines, throughout the United States and the European Union, Hong Kong, Thailand, Dubai, Australia, Peru, Vanuatu and many other countries.

 

Neal Goldsmith

Neal M. Goldsmith, Ph.D. is a NYC-based psychotherapist specializing in psychospiritual development. He is public speaker and writer on psychedelic psychotherapy, innovation and change, and the post-modern future of society. He also curates and hosts innovative workshops, salons, and conferences, and is the author of Psychedelic Healing: The Promise of Entheogens for Psychotherapy and Spiritual Development. Neal is the host of the annual Horizon's Perspectives on Psychedelics Conference in New York City. 
 

Ryan LeCompte

Ryan LeCompte is a former United States Marine Infantryman (MOS 0311), a husband and father of two. He founded the Veterans for Entheogenic Therapy (VET), a nonprofit dedicated to spreading awareness about alternative medicines for the treatment of PTSD from combat and sexual trauma. He holds a bachelor degree in psychology and is an M.A. candidate enrolled in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology at the Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado.

While still on active duty, he served with his fellow combat Marines returning from Iraq and Afghanistan with PTSD, yet observed that they risked being labeled “failure to adapt” and/or discharged if they talked about their problems. The heart-ache became more personal when he found one of his brothers, a fellow infantryman, Sgt. Jorge Leon-Alcivar who clearly suffered from PTSD, in his barracks room the morning after he took his own life.  Shortly thereafter, Ryan decided to retire from the military in order to help his brothers and sisters from outside the confines of military structure. He began by volunteering hours in the waiting rooms of VA clinics talking to and assisting vets waiting for treatment. He started collecting information on the prescription medications being given to veterans diagnosed with PTSD, and found the same kind of cocktails being prescribed to almost every one of them. (Anti-depression, sedating anxiolitics, and heavy barbiturates for sleeping. ) Ryan explains, "These drugs seem to shut out experiences associated with trauma by numbing them. This came across to me to be not only exacerbating the symptoms, but creating new ones. It went against the values and virtues that we as veterans came to embody, one of them being courage and commitment." Shortly thereafter, he began his search for alternative treatment options not being used by the VA.  

Recently, Ryan has taken a group of vets to Peru to experience ayahuasca ceremonies and plans future excursions for healing. 

Ryan is also the principal investor of a MAPS-sponsored IRB-approved observational study that will look at the effects of Ayahuasca-assisted psychotherapy on chronic, treatment-resistant PTSD in veterans.

Jack Cole

Jack A. Cole is an American drug policy reform activist and retired police officer. On March 16, 2002, along with four other police officers, Cole founded Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (or LEAP), a non-profit organization composed of former and current police officers, government agents and other law enforcement agents who oppose the current War on Drugs.

He has taught courses to police recruits and veteran officers on ethics, integrity, moral decision-making, and the detrimental effects of racial profiling. As Executive Director of LEAP during its first 8 years and now as its board chair, he has presented papers at international conferences and spoken on drug policy reform in the Parliaments of Canada, Denmark, the European Union, and New Zealand, as well as presenting 1800 times to professional, civic, educational, political, and religious groups in 35 countries and across the United States.

Jack spent 6 years as a road trooper in Troop B (Northern NJ) and 20 years as a detective. He spent 14 years in the Narcotic Bureau--mainly undercover. Jack's investigations included billion dollar international heroin and cocaine trafficking organizations. When Jack refused to do any more work in narcotics, he was assigned to run the Fugitive Unit for 2 years. He then ran the Missing Persons Unit/ Child Sexual Exploitation Unit for three years. During his last year Jack ran the Alcohol Beverage Control Unit.

Sabrina Fendrick

Sabrina Fendrick is the Director of Government Affairs with the Berkley Patients Group. In the past she had been with NORML, the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, for over six years.

In 2010, Sabrina founded the NORML Women’s Alliance, and formerly worked as the Director of Women’s Outreach where she developed female-focused awareness campaigns to educate and empower women to speak out on behalf of reform. She has been quoted in several national and international news publications, including the Associated Press, Fortune Magazine, the Washington Post, and the London Times.  

She is a member of the Students for Sensible Drug Policy Advisory Council, and serves on the Advisory Board for the Marijuana Majority.
 

Links

Berkley Patients Group
NOMRL Woman's Alliance

Interviews

Ladybud Lady Business: Sabrina Fendrick

Audio

Cannabis Radio News - NORML ‘Better Business Bureau’ for the marijuana industry.

Psymposia Higher Thoughts: A Perspective On The Cannabis Experience

Video

Psymposia Higher Thoughts: A Perspective On The Cannabis Experience

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Twig Harper

Twig Harper

Twig Harper is a folk technologist who investigates psychedelics and other mechanical methods that facilitate awareness. His space in Baltimore houses a sensory deprivation tank business, an esoteric library, meeting space, therapy rooms, and more. Twig has been researching and developing a buccal absorbed Salvia divinorum blend that can be as strong as vaporized extracts but has a slower onset and longer duration.

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Peter Addy

Peter Addy PhD, is profoundly interested in the relationships that people develop with psychoactive substances. As a postdoctoral associate in a psychopharmacology lab he gave people drugs, including salvinorin A, THC, and ketamine. As a psychology resident at a substance abuse treatment unit he helped people who wanted to stop using drugs.

He recently traveled to Mexico with a non-profit group studying personal and cultural relationships with psychedelic plants among indigenous people, and he is developing a private psychotherapy practice in the New Haven area.