Oakland Hosts A Scientific Conference On Psychedelic Drugs

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This is where to hear about cutting edge research on psilocybins as a treatment for depression, or an old man’s incomprehensible description of the ego death that occurs after dropping acid 50 times. Via the Daily Californian, Neha Kulsh writes:

This past weekend, the Psychedelic Science 2013 Conference, co-hosted by the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), took over two floors of the Oakland Marriott City Center. Recreational drug users and academics alike networked at a conference that UC Berkeley professor of molecular and cell biology David Presti deemed “extraordinary.”

The headlining act of Sunday was easily Earth and Fire Erowid. Erowid, the nonprofit dedicated to educating users on psychoactive drugs and plants, also manages the site EcstasyData.org. Users can anonymously submit ecstasy (in tablet or powder form) to the DEA-licensed laboratory for testing. EcstasyData then publishes the findings on the website along with photos.

The conference’s main focus, however, was the use of psychedelics to alleviate pain for major ailments like PTSD and nicotine addiction. “Having been a close witness to the evolution of research in this area over the last 20 years, it is tremendously exciting to see the momentum grow as the contemporary field of psychedelic science truly begins to take off,” Presti said.

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