Next Event | 7th October 2018 | London
Tripping out to stay sane: Psychedelics and mental health – Dr David Luke
Prior to the reactionary media hysteria and the subsequent government backlash at the end of the 1960s, a wealth of serious scientific research was conducted into the therapeutic and medical benefits of powerful psychoactive drugs.
By the beginning of the 1970s, however, almost all therapeutic applications and scientific human research with such drugs had been curtailed and their use criminalised.
In the following years, this potentially beneficial side to hallucinogens became largely forgotten. Only during the last decade or so has this research gradually been resumed to the point where we might now even speak of a renaissance of research into psychedelic medicines.
Psychedelic research renaissance
Use of psychedelics for enhancing mental health
The role of mystical experience in wellbeing
The future of psychedelic medicine
About Dr. David Luke
Dr. David Luke is Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Greenwich where he has been teaching an undergraduate course on the Psychology of Exceptional Human Experience.
His research focuses on transpersonal experiences, anomalous phenomena and altered states of consciousness, especially via psychedelics, having published more than 100 academic papers in this area, including nine books, most recently Otherworlds: Psychedelics and Exceptional Human Experience (2017).
When he is not running clinical drug trials with LSD or observing apparent
weather control with Mexican shamans, David is director of the Ecology, Cosmos and Consciousness salon at the Institute of Ecotechnics, London, and is a co-founder and director of Breaking Convention: International Conference on Psychedelic Consciousness.
He has given over 200 invited public lectures and conference presentations, won both teaching and research awards, organized numerous festivals, conferences, seminars, retreats, expeditions and pilgrimages, and has studied techniques of consciousness alteration from South America to India, from the perspective of scientists, shamans, and Shivaites. He lives life on the edge, of Sussex.