Melbourne adds its voice to #PsychedelicsBecause
Tuesday April 19th is Bicycle Day, a day celebrated by people across the world as the anniversary of the discovery of psychedelic effects from ingesting LSD. Albert Hofmann is the Swiss chemist who discovered the effects in 1943 after noticing interesting effects three days earlier when he accidentally came into contact with the chemical.
LSD has had a turbulent life. After some success in research fields and a subsequent spread into countercultures , it was prohibited in the US in 1968 and much of the world soon after. Research has again begun to bloom into the possible clinical applications of LSD. The Multi-Disciplinary Association of Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) has been at the forefront of research in the US and has assisted organisations in their own endeavours across the world, including Australia’s Psychedelic Research In Science and Medicine (PRISM).
The Beckley Foundation and Imperial College in the UK have released findings of some collaborative research they have been undertaking. Their findings have been reported across the globe and surged calls for a re-think of psychedelics. You can read about their research here.
On Friday April 8th, Melbourne’s student, academic and psychedelic communities came together for the Melbourne Psychedelic Research Seminar and Dinner, part of a series of events across the world to support raising funds for MAPS’ purchase of one kilogram of pharmaceutical grade MDMA for their Phase 3 trials of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Melbourne adds its voice to the #PsychedelicsBecause campaign, to raise awareness about the potential of LSD and other psychedelics in a variety of purposes ranging from the therapeutic to the spiritual/mystical elements.