Horizons: Perspectives on Psychedelics

Horizons: Perspectives on Psychedelics Horizons creates live and digital opportunities to examine the world of psychedelic drugs and plant medicines. Horizons is an annual forum for learning about psychedelics.
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The goal of the conference is to open a fresh dialogue on the role of psychedelics in medicine, culture, history, spirituality, and art. Speakers have included researchers from NYU, UCLA, Johns Hopkins, Purdue, the University of Zurich, and numerous writers, historians, artists, and other thought leaders.

The goal of the conference is to open a fresh dialogue on the role of psychedelics in medicine, culture, history, spirituality, and art. Speakers have included researchers from NYU, UCLA, Johns Hopkins, Purdue, the University of Zurich, and numerous writers, historians, artists, and other thought leaders.

Mission: In the 1950s and early 1960s, legal research with psychedelics spurred important discoveries in science and psychology. During the 1960s, psychedelics entered worldwide popular culture. Fueled by the wild social dogmas of the era, recreational use became commonplace. Questions about their safety, medical value, history and implications in politics and culture were unfortunately answered with numerous myths spread by both their users and the media. In recent years, a small group of dedicated researchers, scholars, and activists has orchestrated a renaissance that is re-shaping the public’s understanding of these unique substances. Horizons brings together the brightest minds and the boldest voices of this movement to share their research, insights, and dreams for the future.

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Mazatec archivist Inti Garcia Flores considers the rights of indigenous people to claim their traditional medicines as i...
02/09/2021

Mazatec archivist Inti Garcia Flores considers the rights of indigenous people to claim their traditional medicines as intellectual property under international law in a recent publication in ACS Psychopharmacology.

https://buff.ly/3jxDXyY #traditionalmedicine #indigenousmedicine #psychedelicintellectualproperty

From the Horizons 2017 archives- Nicholas Powers, Ph.D., powerful presentation "Black Masks, Rainbow Bodies: Race and Ps...
02/03/2021
Horizons 2017: NICHOLAS BYRON POWERS, Ph.D. "Black Masks, Rainbow Bodies: Race and Psychedelics"

From the Horizons 2017 archives- Nicholas Powers, Ph.D., powerful presentation "Black Masks, Rainbow Bodies: Race and Psychedelics".

“Psychedelics is a "white thing". It is a common idea. Many people of color view "tripping" as an effete practice of the privileged that the oppressed cannot afford. The sentiment is mirrored by the near invisibility of race as a topic in official, often all white, psychedelic conferences. Against white silence and black suspicion, more youth of color, some affluent and integrated are experimenting with psychotropics. Using literature, history and personal testimony, we can map how psychedelics have been interpreted by Black America. What did Malcolm X say about it? Or modern day Afro Futurists? Can the promise of ego dissolution work when black ego defenses are needed to withstand racism in America? Does the black experience re-frame as hypocritical, the grandiose, Utopian claims of the psychedelic movement? Or does it free people of color to embrace a radical humanism, where the spirit arcs across the sky of history like a rainbow?”
#psychedelicaccess #raceandpsychedelics #Blackhistorymonth #NicholasPowers #horizonsconference2017

SYNOPSIS: Psychedelics is a "white thing". It is a common idea. Many people of color view "tripping" as an effete practice of the privileged that the oppress...

We're one week away from the virtual premiere of Horizons' next film: Death, Dying, & Psychedelics. Join us on January 2...
01/21/2021

We're one week away from the virtual premiere of Horizons' next film: Death, Dying, & Psychedelics. Join us on January 28th at 7pm EST. For more information and to registration, head to https://buff.ly/3nt8lLC #psychedelicresearch #thanatology #psychedelics

Check out the  The New York Times article on Carl Hart’s new book, 'Drug Use for Grown-Ups: Chasing Liberty in the Land ...
01/13/2021
When Getting High Is a Hobby, Not a Habit

Check out the The New York Times article on Carl Hart’s new book, 'Drug Use for Grown-Ups: Chasing Liberty in the Land of Fear.' "[Hart] offers the information in a spirit of radical transparency because he believes that if “grown-ups” like him would talk freely about the role of drugs in their lives, we wouldn’t be in the mess we are in, a mess brought about by our ruinous drug policies, which have had such profound — and profoundly unequal — consequences for those who fall afoul of them." https://buff.ly/3bB8Not #CarlHart

In “Drug-Use for Grown-Ups,” Carl L. Hart, a drug addiction expert, argues that we misunderstand the way most people use illegal substances.

Join us January 28th for the virtual premiere of Horizons' film: Death, Dying, & Psychedelics. While much has been made ...
01/11/2021
Focus on Clinical Research | Episode 2: Death, Dying & Psychedelics — Horizons: Perspectives on Psychedelics

Join us January 28th for the virtual premiere of Horizons' film: Death, Dying, & Psychedelics. While much has been made of the potential for psychedelics to improve our lives by improving treatment of maladies like depression, addiction, and PTSD, what can they tell us about the questions that await all of us at the end of our vital journey.
Join scientists, scholars, religious leaders, and chaplains as we explore how psychedelic experiences can offer insight into the deep questions of existence and mortality, and perhaps offer a pathway to peace for those in existential distress.
Learn more & register.

Thursday, January 28, 2021 | 7-9pm EST Virtual film premiere featuring short documentary (34 minutes) produced by Horizons with live discussion and Q&A

Today in 1955, “The Doors of Perception” author Aldous Huxley took his first dose of LSD.
12/24/2020

Today in 1955, “The Doors of Perception” author Aldous Huxley took his first dose of LSD.

"There are three things human beings are afraid of: death, other people, and their own minds." - Michael Pollan Artwork ...
12/22/2020

"There are three things human beings are afraid of: death, other people, and their own minds." - Michael Pollan

Artwork by #LucaIzzo, Introspection, 2019.

Dr. Stephanie Hope is a registered nurse who has practiced since 2011 in the areas of acute care oncology, hospice, and ...
12/16/2020

Dr. Stephanie Hope is a registered nurse who has practiced since 2011 in the areas of acute care oncology, hospice, and health coaching. She is passionate about sacred medicine work and studies how traditional cultures have used sacred plants such as ayahuasca, peyote, huachuma, iboga, psilocybin mushrooms and many others for personal and communal healing.

Over the years, she has contributed research for NYU’s Psilocybin Cancer Anxiety trials, helping to reinstate the power of sacred medicine practices for treatment of depression, PTSD, addiction, and existential anxiety related to serious illness.

"I believe that nursing is uniquely positioned to bridge the worlds of traditional wisdom and modern medicine in order to safely and effectively bring these powerful healing allies to the people that they can serve, for the betterment of humanity," says Hope.

To learn more about her work and how psychedelic experiences can offer insight into the deep questions of existence and mortality, join us tomorrow from 7-9pm EST for the virtual film premiere of Death, Dying, & Psychedelics, a short documentary (34 minutes) produced by Horizons with live discussion and Q&A.

Learn more & register https://buff.ly/3nt8lLC

“What psychedelics do is foster a frame shift from feeling helpless and hopeless and that life is not worth living to se...
12/14/2020
Death, Dying, & Psychedelics — Horizons: Perspectives on Psychedelics

“What psychedelics do is foster a frame shift from feeling helpless and hopeless and that life is not worth living to seeing that we are connected to other people and we are connected to a universe that has inherent connection,” said Dr. Ira Byock, a palliative care specialist and medical officer for the Institute for Human Caring at Providence St. Joseph Health.

As psilocybin becomes ever more studied and administered in an effort to help dying patients, studies show that when used in a therapy setting, psilocybin appears to work by chemically altering brain function in a way that temporarily affects a person’s ego, or sense of self.

The key is to offer the drugs under controlled conditions. In Horizon's upcoming film Death, Dying, and Psychedelics -- scientists, scholars, religious leaders, and chaplains explore how psychedelic experiences can offer insight into the deep questions of existence and mortality, and perhaps offer a pathway to peace for those in existential distress.

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Join us Thursday for Horizons' upcoming film Death, Dying, & Psychedelics premiering December 17.

Learn more & register https://buff.ly/3nt8lLC

Thursday, December 17, 2020 | 7-9pm EST Virtual film premiere featuring short documentary (34 minutes) produced by Horizons with live discussion and Q&A

Join us December 17th for the virtual premiere of Horizons' next film: Death, Dying, & Psychedelics. While much has been...
12/11/2020

Join us December 17th for the virtual premiere of Horizons' next film: Death, Dying, & Psychedelics. While much has been made of the potential for psychedelics to improve our lives by improving treatment of maladies like depression, addiction, and PTSD, what can they tell us about the questions that await all of us at the end of our vital journey

Learn more & register. https://buff.ly/3nt8lLC

Dr. Tafur has been an Integrative Medicine activist throughout his medical career, while in medical school at the Univer...
12/10/2020

Dr. Tafur has been an Integrative Medicine activist throughout his medical career, while in medical school at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine, and during his Family Medicine Residency at UCLA. In his book The Fellowship of the River: A Medical Doctor’s Exploration into Traditional Amazonian Plant Medicine, Dr. Tafur develops a breakthrough understanding of how psychoactive plants interact with the complex network that connects our minds and hearts to our physical anatomy.

Tafur is also part of the Modern Spirit, a nonprofit group dedicated to demonstrating the value of spiritual healing in modern health care. The Modern Spirit Epigenetics Project, one of the group's initiatives, is trying to kickstart research on MDMA treatment for PTSD.

“It's important that the access is increased and that there's some level of reverence given to the therapeutic protocols,” Tafur said.

Read more about how he’s working to bring a medical perspective to spiritual healing practices.

https://buff.ly/3pT4nhl

Join Anthony P. Bossis, Ph.D. of the NYU School of Medicine and Charles S. Grob, M.D. of the Lunquist Institute and UCLA...
12/09/2020

Join Anthony P. Bossis, Ph.D. of the NYU School of Medicine and Charles S. Grob, M.D. of the Lunquist Institute and UCLA for an exploration of the history, state of the art, and future of psychedelics in the treatment of end-of-life anxiety and palliative care. Live, fully interactive virtual class with limited size with 4.0 CE/CME credits available for most medical and mental health professionals.December 11, 1-6pm EST.

Learn more & register https://buff.ly/2JM0D0S

On December 11th, join Anthony P. Bossis, Ph.D. of the NYU School of Medicine and Charles S. Grob, M.D. of the Lunquist ...
12/07/2020

On December 11th, join Anthony P. Bossis, Ph.D. of the NYU School of Medicine and Charles S. Grob, M.D. of the Lunquist Institute and UCLA for Horizons next class exploring the history, state of the art, and future of psychedelics in the treatment of end-of-life anxiety and palliative care. Live, fully interactive virtual class with limited size with 4.0 CE/CME credits available for most medical and mental health professionals.

Learn more & register

Recent research at Johns Hopkins Medical Centre and New York University indicates that treatment of end-of-life distress...
12/04/2020

Recent research at Johns Hopkins Medical Centre and New York University indicates that treatment of end-of-life distress with psilocybin-assisted psychotherapy is not only safe and effective but also led to immediate, substantial and sustained decreases in depression, death anxiety, cancer-related demoralization and hopelessness.

Researchers acknowledge that it’s not clear how psilocybin reduces a person’s anxiety about mortality, not simply during the trip but for weeks and months following. “It’s a bit of a mystery,” says Charles Grob, a psychiatrist and researcher at Harbor-U.C.L.A. Medical Center.

In Death, Dying, and Psychedelics scientists, scholars, religious leaders, and chaplains explore how psychedelic experiences can offer insight into the deep questions of existence and mortality, and perhaps offer a pathway to peace for those in existential distress.

Learn more & register https://buff.ly/3nt8lLC

12/03/2020
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Tonight is the virtual premiere of Focus on Clinical Research, Episode 1: The Johns Hopkins Story, featuring a short documentary produced by Horizons with live discussion and Q&A.

How did psychedelics, not so long ago cast into the wilderness by the medical community, so quickly return to one of America’s most prestigious research institutions and graduate to the pages of the field's premier journals?

Join us as we learn the stories of the scientists at Johns Hopkins Center for Psychedelic & Consciousness Research who re-opened the doors, and the new generation of researchers working to explore the potential of psychedelics in science and medicine.

Learn more & register https://buff.ly/301DXyR

12/02/2020
TIM FERRISS SOCIAL_2

Psychedelic research is expanding in new and exciting directions. Every day, scientists all over the world are exploring different psychedelic substances, their effects on the brain, and how they might help improve mental health. Focus on Clinical Research, Episode 1: The Johns Hopkins Story, a Horizons film featuring Tim Ferriss looks at how psychedelics, not so long ago cast into the wilderness by the medical community, have quickly returned to America’s most prestigious research institutions.

Register and learn more https://buff.ly/301DXyR

Psychologist Anthony Bossis has conducted FDA-approved research to understand how, through a single psilocybin-induced m...
12/01/2020

Psychologist Anthony Bossis has conducted FDA-approved research to understand how, through a single psilocybin-induced mystical experience, end-of-life existential despair, anxiety and depression might be alleviated or even transformed into acceptance and enhanced wellbeing. Join him and Charles S. Grob, M.D. of the Lundquist Institute and UCLA for an exploration of the history, state of the art, and future of psychedelics in the treatment of end-of-life anxiety and palliative care.

Learn more & register https://buff.ly/3fgLq3m

11/30/2020
NATALIE GUKASYAN SOCIAL 2

Clinical research is the last step to taking what is being discovered and experimented with in a laboratory and applying it to the real world. To learn more about how scientists have managed to bring psychedelic research back to America’s most prestigious research institutions and graduate to the pages of its premier journals, join us for the premiere of Focus on Clinical Research, Episode 1: The Johns Hopkins Story, a Horizons Film.

Thursday, December 3, 7-9 pm EST. Register here: https://buff.ly/301DXyR

11/28/2020
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This Thursday is the virtual premiere of Focus on Clinical Research, Episode 1: The Johns Hopkins Story, featuring a short documentary produced by Horizons with live discussion and Q&A.

How did psychedelics, not so long ago cast into the wilderness by the medical community, so quickly return to one of America’s most prestigious research institutions and graduate to the pages of the field's premier journals?

Join us as we learn the stories of the scientists at Johns Hopkins Center for Psychedelic & Consciousness Research who re-opened the doors, and the new generation of researchers working to explore the potential of psychedelics in science and medicine.

Learn more & register https://buff.ly/301DXyR

11/27/2020
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Featuring Mr. Steven Benally, President of Azee’ Bee Nahagha of Dine Nation, National Council of Native American Churches, and Board Director of the Indigenous Peyote Conservation Initiative and other ecologists, therapists, and activists, Horizons short documentary - Nature, Summer, & Psychedelics - is now available for streaming. Join us in witnessing personal and global transformation as these leaders explore the great outdoors and the depths within.

Watch now https://buff.ly/2UIpAMO

"'If you think you're enlightened, go spend a week with your family."  – Ram Dass
11/26/2020

"'If you think you're enlightened, go spend a week with your family." – Ram Dass

Palliative care specialists believe that the use of psychedelics can go a long way towards providing what they term a “g...
11/25/2020

Palliative care specialists believe that the use of psychedelics can go a long way towards providing what they term a “good death” - one that implies a positive experience, free of end-of-life pain, stress and remorse.

In a study conducted by Johns Hopkins University, a participant describes his experience:

"I now have the distinct sense that there's so much more, so many different states of being. I have the sense that death is not the end but part of a process, a way of moving into a different sphere, a different way of being." @open_democracy

After just one psychedelic therapeutic session there is evidence of deep and enduring transformation. Patients gain new perspectives that may help to provide more levity in how they navigate and experience life and view death.

Join Anthony P. Bossis, Ph.D. of the NYU School of Medicine and Charles S. Grob, M.D. of the Lundquist Institute and UCLA for an exploration of the history, state of the art, and future of psychedelics in the treatment of end-of-life anxiety and palliative care.

December 11, 1-6pm EST

Learn more & register https://buff.ly/3fgLq3m

Natalie Gukasyan, a psychiatrist and post-doctoral research fellow at Johns Hopkins Center for Psychedelic & Consciousne...
11/24/2020

Natalie Gukasyan, a psychiatrist and post-doctoral research fellow at Johns Hopkins Center for Psychedelic & Consciousness Research, has been leading much of the research on psychedelics and anorexia, a less studied field full of breakthroughs.

“There’s a lot of overlap between the symptoms of anorexia nervosa and some of the other conditions that psilocybin has shown some early efficacy for. With anxiety disorders, with OCD, addiction, you can tie a lot of what people experience in anorexia to those kinds of symptoms – rumination, being very fused with what’s going on in their head, be it anxious thoughts about food, addictions or behavioral patterns that they find themselves locked in that they can’t really break free from. So that’s one possible reason it might work; maybe there’s a lot more similarity between anorexia and other sorts of mental illnesses.” Dr. Gukasyan

Horizons upcoming film, Focus on Clinical Research, Episode 1: The Johns Hopkins Story, highlights the work of Dr Gukasyan and the new generation of researchers working to explore the potential of psychedelics in science and medicine.

Virtual premiere Thursday, December 3rd. Register here https://buff.ly/301DXyR

In November 1963, as Aldous Huxley lay dying from cancer, he asked his wife, Laura, to give him LSD. The results were re...
11/22/2020

In November 1963, as Aldous Huxley lay dying from cancer, he asked his wife, Laura, to give him LSD. The results were recorded in a letter from Laura to Huxley’s brother where he expresses relief and demonstrates acceptance for the fact he was dying. Featured photo of Aldous Huxley in1936 by Cecil Beaton.

Death, Dying, and Psychedelics, a Horizons film premiering December 17th, explores how psychedelic experiences can offer insight into the deep questions of existence and mortality, and perhaps offer a pathway to peace for those in existential distress.

Learn more and register https://buff.ly/3nt8lLC

After LSD’s discovery in 1943, it became the subject of thousands of experiments and research papers. These photos accom...
11/20/2020

After LSD’s discovery in 1943, it became the subject of thousands of experiments and research papers. These photos accompanied a fascinating article in the March 15, 1963 issue of Life Magazine showing housewife Barbara Dunlap joining a group of volunteers trying LSD for the first time in a psychiatric experiment administered by Dr. Madison Presnell of Leary's International Federation for Internal Freedom (IFIF).

LSD was outlawed in the United States in 1968.

Photography by John Loengard

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they pulled out all the stops this weekend - again!
have 1 extra ticket for the weekend conference $100 pm me if interested
have 1 extra ticket for the weekend conference $140 pm me if interested
We are still in need of housing for some of our presenter-angel-geniuses - who dedicate their lives to making our world safely and effectively psychedelic again. Have an extra bedroom near the Cooper Union? Please open your home and heart - and spend some private, quality time with one (or more) of the very top researchers and leading-edge theorists working in psychedelics today. Thank you!