March 4, 2010

Psychedelic conference set for California

A Santa Cruz, Calif.-based non-profit organization has announced plans for a three-day mid-April conference on “Psychedelic Science in the 21st Century.”

The Greys

The organization, the 24-year-old Multidisciplinary Association for Psychelelic Studies, says on its Web announcement that the conference, April 15-18 in San Jose, Calif., “will bring together international experts to present on psychedelic research and psychedelic psychotherapy topics for the largest conference dedicated solely to psychedelics in the U.S. in 17 years.

“There will be three full days of programming with concurrent tracks exploring clinical and spiritual applications, issues relevant to healthcare professionals, and social and cultural issues surrounding the therapeutic and recreational uses of psychedelics.”

Among the presenters scheduled are several luminaries, including integrative medicine specialist  Dr. Andrew Weil, psychiatrist Stanislav Grof, MAPS president and founder Rick Doblin, ecstasy (MDMA) specialist Dr. Michael Mithoefer and his wife/research assistant Annie, family specialists Alex and Allyson Grey, pharmacologist David Nichols, Zurich-based researcher Dr. Franz Vollenweider, Timothy Leary cohort Ralph Metzner, Professor Emeritus of psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, and Annie Oak, Mariavittoria Mangini and Carolyn “Mountain Girl” Garcia of the Women’s Visionary Congress.

MAPS staff

In addition, the conference will host a tribute dinner at the conference hotel on the evening of Saturday April 17 to raise funds for the conference, with guests of honor Ann and Alexander “Sasha” Shulgin. As a pharmacologist and chemist,Sasha authored the books TIHKAL and PIHKAL, as well as hundreds of other scientific papers.

Here’s Allyson Grey at the World Psychedelic Forum

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