Tehseen Noorani

Tehseen Noorani

Tehseen Noorani is a visiting scholar in the Anthropology department at the New School in New York. For the past two years he has been a post-doctoral researcher at Hopkins, spearheading a qualitative research project looking at participants’ experiences in the pilot psilocybin-assisted smoking cessation trial. He has also been undertaking a comparative ethnography of psychedelics use across 3 sites: clinical research, the underground scene, and traditional healing practices, which can be found at: www.authorityresearch.net/encountering-psychedelics

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Jeremy Wolff

Jeremy Wolff is a writer, artist, and has been an observer of the psychedelic community since 1995.

He contributed the seminal "
Thots on Pot" a synthesis of three years' work, to The Pot Book, edited by his wife Julie Holland. 

Jeremy Wolff's travel writing and
photography, from Asia, Cuba, Eastern Europe and Russia, have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Metropolis, and Travel & Leisure. His photo collages, inspired by David Hockney, were on the covers of Newsweek, Harper’s and Fortune magazines, and he made iconic album covers for Spin Doctors, Soul Asylum, They Might Be Giants, Yellowman, and the Knitting Factory. His current work includes the macro-photography series, "Spying on the Real World."  

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Psyposia How Cannabis Reflects the Future

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Psyposia How Cannabis Reflects the Future

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The Pot Book Thots on Pot

Frank Gerratana

Frank Gerratana is an intellectual property and patent attorney and progressive activist in Boston.

In between his day-to-day work in intellectual property law, Frank represents a variety of non-profit and civil liberties organizations on a pro bono basis and volunteers for progressive political causes. He has a law degree from American University, Washington College of Law and a B.S. and M.S. from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

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Fish & Richardson

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Psymposia Drug policy in a post prohibition world

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Psymposia Drug policy in a post prohibition world

 

Efrem Nulman

Efrem Nulman PhD was formerly the Senior University Dean of Students and is currently Director of Health and Substance Use at Yeshiva University.

He is a lecturer at Columbia's school of social work and an adjunct associate professor at Wurzweiler school of social work. Nulman earned his masters and doctoral degrees at Yeshiva.

He has treated, taught, and trained professionals and graduate students in substance use and specializes in evidence based treatments, motivational interviewing, harm reduction, and substitution therapies. He was an early innovator, working with skilled physicians, in utilizing "problem" substances or variations to minimize harm. 

In addition to treating college and graduate students, one of his great joys is to consult on substance use matters with myriad classic rockers and musicians, as well as for a variety of non profit agencies/organizations. 

He's currently senior consultant for health and substance use at Wellness Enterprise in New York City. 

Duli Wilkins

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Psychedelic Stories
Psymposia Ghetto Shamanism

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Psychedelic Stories
Psymposia Ghetto Shamanism

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I go by the acronym D.U.L.I. which stands for

Divine Universal Loving Intelligence!

I was born in Boston and grew up in the inner city of Roxbury.

I come from a very interesting family.

My aunt was a cartoonist for the local Black Panther newspaper in Roxbury! My father had a love for Jazz music, and played the alto saxophone. He actually got a chance to play with the famous Pharaoh Sanders once and attended the famous Woodstock concert where he witnessed Jimi Hendrix mesmerize the crowd!

From a young age my father and mother inspired me to view the world through magical lenses! Which planted a seed of interest into the "unknown", the esoteric, the metaphysical or unconventional realities. Through the blessings of my parents I was introduced to the mystic traditions. From Sufism, Hinduism, Taoism, Buddhism, esoteric Christianity, Yoga, Tai Chi, Qi Gong, Ayurvedic medicine, etc. I later learned through an intense spiritual reading, that my father's side of the family has a long lineage of Shaman healers.

My real interest and calling towards Shamanism and psychedelics came in my mid twenties. I was coined the name "The Ghetto Shaman" when I started a stalled car on the street with my chi energy! I lifted the hood of the car and put my two fingers on the battery which actually charged the battery and got the car started! That's when people starting calling me "Ghetto Shaman"!

From my personal experience I can testify to the tremendous benefits that shamanism and psychedelics (teaching plants/fungi) can offer to Black people and the world at large!

Though I came from a very uplifting family, I still witnessed many injustices, such as police brutality, gang violence and substance abuse growing up within my neighborhood! Thus I became a very angry, self destructive teenager.

Through my psychedelics journeys, especially with the psilocybin mushroom, a lot of the pain that I was carry around subconsciously...I was finally able to "let go."

So I personally see the power and numerous benefits that psychedelics and shamanism can offer to the world at know large! It's time for healing and it's time to reconnect and honor nature/Mama Earth! Hotep!

Jonathan Thompson

Jonathan Thompson is the creator and blogger for psychedelicparenting.org. He is also the Co-Founder and Operations Director for the Ethnobotanical Stewardship Council.

Jonathan brings to this work 15 years of learning from plant medicines, meditation, and contemplative prayer. He has a BS in anthropology from Michigan State University. Jonathan and his wife Nicole are raising three children in a home consciously inspired by the lessons of ayahuasca and other plant medicines.

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David Nickles

David Nickles

David Nickles is a moderator for the DMT-Nexus community and editor of The Nexian (The DMT-Nexus' journal).

He has been involved in a number of psychedelic harm reduction and education projects including Kosmicare, The Open Hyperspace Traveler, and TLConscious.

He has presented on scientific and social aspects of psychedelics across the US and internationally. David is currently working with a group of underground researchers on the Nexus' Collaborative Research Project, which seeks to meticulously index and expand morphological, taxonomic, and phytochemical knowledge of the plants used in ayahuasca brews and other entheogenic preparations.

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Clint Canal

Clint Canal, PhD is a Research Assistant Professor at Northeastern University with extensive experience in molecular and behavioral neuropharmacology. His areas of focus include the function of serotonin systems, drug discovery targeting serotonin systems to treat psychiatric disorders, the neurobiology of psychiatric disorders and pharmacology.

Clint received his B.S in Psychology from the University of Florida and Doctorate in Neuroscience in 2006 from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Clint is a member of the
 Society for Neuroscience and the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics. Dr. Canal will be discussing the mechanisms of action of hallucinogenic drugs: from ketamine to lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD).

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Northeastern

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Psymposia Psychedelic Neuroscience

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Psymposia Psychedelic Neuroscience

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The serotonin 2C receptor potently modulates the head-twitch response in mice induced by a phenethylamine hallucinogen

 

Lex Pelger

Lex Pelger is the host of Psymposia, drug writer, and scientist. Based in Brooklyn, his current project - "People of the Cannabinoids" is a graphic novel about cannabis that focuses on the intricacies of the human endocannabinoid system. Lex writes about psychoactives & sexuality - including a recent article titled: The War on Weed is a War on the Elderly. 


 

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Ladybud The War on Weed is a War on the Elderly

Joshua Wickerham

Joshua Wickerham is chief advisor to the Ethnobotanical Stewardship Council (ESC), a nonprofit devoted to transforming lives by assuring the sustainability and safe use of traditional medicinal plants.

For more than ten years, he has worked in China, Southeast Asia, Europe, and North and South America with government, corporate and nonprofit partners to advance sustainable development, offering research and advisory services such as stakeholder engagement, sustainability strategy design, organizational governance, and implementation of access and benefit sharing for.

Recent clients include Botanical DimensionsMAPSUNEPWorld Wildlife FoundationUNCTADDotEco, and the ISEAL Alliance and its members (which include standards like Fairtrade, FSC, Rainforest Alliance and others). Joshua has a Bachelor's degree in History from the University of Michigan and Masters in International Relations and Pacific Studies from the University of California San Diego and speaks and reads Mandarin Chinese, Spanish, and Thai. In his spare time, Joshua tends an Urban Micro Garden at his home in Thailand and explores historical Chinese ethnopharmacology.

Britta Love

Britta Wollman Love is a writer and activist who is passionate about drugs and sex, believing that cognitive liberty and sexual freedom are fundamental human rights. 

As a graduate of the London School of Economics she wrote her dissertation on sex work in the UK.  Her more recent research is grounded in humanity's rich history of embodied spirituality: where intentional sexuality and psychoactive plant medicines are fully integrated into healing and spiritual practice. 

She is currently enrolled at Goddard College completing a master’s degree in Consciousness Studies.  Britta is based in NYC where she writes The Daily Transmission blog on sex, drugs and consciousness and advocates for the ibogaine movement and the Sex Worker's Outreach Project.

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The Daily Transmission blog

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Psymposia From Hookers & Dealers To Therapists & Guides

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Psymposia From Hookers & Dealers To Therapists & Guides
 

 

Tony Macie

Tony Macie is a retired Sergeant of the U.S. Army. He spent 15 long months in Iraq during the surge in 2006 and 2007. When he returned home from the war he was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) resulting from his experiences during combat and while 
transitioning out of the military.

His symptoms of PTSD became "treatment-resistant" after the medication and psychotherapy that the Veterans Affairs provided was ineffective. He began to search for alternative treatment methods, and that's when he heard about the trial of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy to treat PTSD. After being accepted as a participant and receiving the treatment, he's proud to say that he's no longer on medications, and able to more fully live life, and his 
relationship with PTSD has changed completely.

Oliver Williams

Oliver Williams has been involved in neo-Reichian, body-centered and emotionally focused work since suffering a profound personal crisis in 1972.

He came to the US to do primal therapy, and has continued this trajectory since 1992 with breathwork and medicine work. Oliver has studied  with Stanislav Grof in his Transpersonal Training program between 1994 and 1996, and has offered breathwork in groups and private sessions in NYC.

Oliver's twenty-year, regularly scheduled group program in New Jersey offers individuals the opportunity to experience non-ordinary states of consciousness unmediated by medicines. Breathwork, a powerful tool of integration for unresolved medicine-work experiences,  also reliably demonstrates that we have everything we need when we step out of the shower in the morning.

Before retiring from the commercial world Oliver worked as an illustrator and map-maker for The NY Times, Newsweek, The New Yorker and other publications and book publishers. Since retiring he has devoted time to being present for others as they engage with work through and let go their difficulties.

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Psymposia To Breathe or Not to Breathe: a talk on Holotropic Breathwork

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Psymposia To Breathe or Not to Breathe: a talk on Holotropic Breathwork

Breathwork facilitator Oliver Williams explains how MDMA works

John Roberts

John Roberts is a lecturer and PhD Candidate in the History Department at UMass-Amherst. He specializes in Modern Latin American History, with a concentration on drug trafficking, violence, land issues, environmental history, peasants, and coca in the Andes and globally. His Masters Thesis examined the setting, implementation and effects of a U.N. led program to reduce coca growing among peasants in Bolivia. In his dissertation, he plans to re-evaluate the misunderstood relationship between cocaine,  paramilitaries and IDPs in Colombia. 

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Psymposia Trying To Grab Smoke: Peering Into The Past & Present To Predict The Post-Prohibition Fate Of Latin America

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Psymposia Trying To Grab Smoke: Peering Into The Past & Present To Predict The Post-Prohibition Fate Of Latin America

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Kyle Buller

Kyle Buller earned his BA in Integral Psychology from Burlington College in Burlington, Vermont. During his time at Burlington College, Kyle explored and researched the potential healing benefits of "non-ordinary" states of consciousness, specifically regarding psychedelic psychotherapy and shamanism. Kyle also has been practicing and studying Holotropic Breathwork for the past four years. Recently, Kyle has been working in the mental health field, and works with at-risk teenagers in crisis, and people experiencing their first psychotic break.

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Setting Sun Transpersonal Breathwork & Wellness

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