Alexander Lekhtman

Alexander Lekhtman

Alex Lekhtman is a drug policy writer for Psymposia. He's also a musician based in NYC hoping to change the world through the power of both ledger lines and legislation.

Young People of Color As Leaders in The Movement To End the War on Drugs

How do you center the needs and perspectives of people of color in your activism—not because you want to fill a quota, but because the success of your work depends on it?

Considerations for Engaging with Amazonian Ancestral Practices, People, and Places

If we truly believe in the positive transformational power of visionary plant experiences, we must support each other to make real social change happen, less this transformation stagnates at the individual level.

I Was Recorded During A 5-MeO DMT Ceremony Without My Consent

I was told that a video of me was recorded without my consent, and I could view it after some rest.

He said to me “all women secretly want to be raped”

Jay brought up the Me Too Movement and called it “hysteria” – I asked him if he has ever been raped. He had not.

Shipibo Women Healers on the Challenges and Opportunities of the Ayahuasca Boom

After the murder of a Peruvian healer in 2018, traditional healers, local political figures, and nonprofit allies gathered to address the complexities that come with the influx of foreigners seeking ayahuasca in the Amazon.

Third Wave staff quits, writes open letter, over work environment created by founder Paul Austin

Eight staff have quit The Third Wave and issued an open statement.

MDMA Expanded Access is almost here. What’s it all about?

The Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) submitted their MDMA PTSD expanded access protocol to the FDA on January 14, 2019.

This is what psychedelic mainstreaming looks like…in Arizona

As psychedelic medicalization and the potential profits of a “virgin market” loom large, new organizations are increasingly looking to gain legitimacy within the field. Mainstreaming means the doors of this field are being thrown wide open.

Will MDMA-assisted psychotherapy be covered by health insurance?

Until MDMA-assisted psychotherapy is proven without a doubt to reduce long-term costs, many insurance companies do not have an incentive to cover it.

How will MDMA be rescheduled in the future? You may be disappointed.

What does MDMA rescheduling mean for the recreational user? If you are under the impression that MDMA is on its way to being rescheduled, across the board, you may be disappointed.