The Ethics of Mainstreaming Psychedelics

Mar 15, 2022

11:30am – 12:30pm CT

Recording: The Ethics of Mainstreaming Psychedelics, Mar 15, 2022

We’re at a pivotal moment in psychedelic history. The interest in psychedelics among the general population is growing exponentially. Meanwhile, hundreds of millions of dollars are pouring into psychedelic drug development, with some projecting the industry is less than five years behind cannabis. But psychedelics aren’t just any other industry. Since they’ve been used ceremonially for millennia, the industrialization of these powerful compounds brings up unique ethical considerations. What does it look like to create a psychedelic “industry” that’s truly inclusive? How can we engage in reciprocity and uphold reverence for the Indigenous stewards of psychedelic plants and fungi? And should anyone be profiting from psychedelics at all?

Programming descriptions are generated by participants and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of SXSW.

Ismail Ali

The Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies

Shelby Hartman

DoubleBlind Magazine

Sutton King

Indigenous Medicine Conservation Fund Title:

Bennet Zelner

University of Maryland, Smith School of Business

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