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    Meet up: Sydney, Central Coast, Newcastle

    SYDNEY – LAST WEEK TO BUY TICKETS James W. Jesso (CAN) 'Bad Trips: Rehabilitating from psychedelic turmoil' We are also looking for people to tell their own stories of bad or challenging trips. - Could you tell your story in 5-10minutes? - Are you comfortable telling it in front of an audience? IF YES, EMAIL: [email protected] EVENT LINK: https://www.facebook.com/events/522006121867224/ TICKETS: https://events.humanitix.com.au/james-jesso-rehabilitating-after-bad-trips
  2. The award-winning documentary, ‘From Shock to Awe’ shines light on the use of cutting-edge psychedelic medicines to treat mental illness in war veterans. The Australian Psychedelic Society (APS) is premiering the documentary across Australia with a panel of guest speakers, thanks to sponsorship from Vasudhara, Psychedelic Research in Science & Medicine (PRISM) and Aadii Mesh Foundation. BACKGROUND In 2018, an alarming report published by the Department of Veterans Affairs shows the impact of service on the mental health of veterans, with 46 percent of veterans who left the Australian Defence Force (ADF) experiencing a mental disorder within 5 years. The most common problem is anxiety, with one in three veterans saying they experienced symptoms. The other common illnesses were post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD; 18 percent), panic attacks (17 percent) and depression (12 percent). Suicide also represents a major issue, with one in five veterans experiencing suicidal thoughts, plans or attempts. For males under 30, the completed suicide rates of veterans who left service are 17 percent above the national average (graph taken from the ABC). PSYCHEDELIC MEDICINES - A NEW FRONTIER IN MENTAL HEALTH After more than 50 years of dormancy, a new psychedelic revolution is taking place. Initial studies show that psychedelic drugs, including ayahuasca (traditional amazonian brew), psilocybin (magic mushrooms) and MDMA have profound effects in alleviating mental illness. They also work in a vastly different manner to traditional psychiatric medications. Neuroscientist, Dr Dean Wright states that “Traditional psychiatric medications, such as antidepressants require daily use, have many side-effects, and are not much more efficacious than placebo. In contrast, psychedelic therapies require between one and three doses in total, with effects lasting up to four years after the final dose.” St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne and Psychedelic Research in Science & Medicine (PRISM) have launched an Australian first clinical trial using psilocybin to treat anxiety and depression associated with a terminal illness. In the USA, MDMA-therapy for PTSD has been designated a “breakthrough treatment” by the FDA. It appears imminent that these therapies will be approved as medicines. FROM SHOCK TO AWE The film follows veterans, Matt Kahl and Mike Cooley, through their challenging post-war lives, shattered by the trauma of war. It also explores the impact on their wives, Aimee and Brooke. The vets struggle with anxiety, fear, depression, anger, unable to find equilibrium with society and with their families. After confronting death multiple times, our heroes set out on a journey to treat their mental illness with Ayahuasca and MDMA. “I tried everything...all the medications, EMDR, exposure therapy, talk therapy, group therapy and the truth is, none of it worked. It was ruining my family,” says Veteran Matt Kahl. Brooke Cooley goes further stating, “Ayahuasca and MDMA saved me, my husband and my family. Had psychedelic therapy not come into our lives, not only would Mike and I be divorced, but there is a solid chance that one or both of us wouldn’t be alive.” FILM SCREENING & PANEL DISCUSSION The Australian Psychedelic Society will host the Australian premier screening of ‘From Shock to Awe’ across 5 cities. Following the film there will be a Q&A with Mitch Schultz, the film’s Transmedia Producer and Major Steve McDonald, an Australian war veteran who utilised psychedelic medicines to successfully treat his depression and PTSD. EVENT DETAILS BYRON BAY: Sunday August 18th, 2.30pm The Byron Theatre Facebook event Tickets = $30/$25 concession BRISBANE: Saturday 24th August, 1.30pm Kindler Theatre, QUT, Brisbane Facebook event. Tickets = $20-$25 ADELAIDE: Saturday 31st August, 2.30pm Mercury Theatre, 13 Morphett St, Adelaide Facebook event Tickets = $20-$25 SYDNEY: Saturday 7th September, 12.30pm Giant Dwarf, 199 Cleveland St, Redfern Facebook event Tickets = $20-$30 MELBOURNE Saturday 14th September, 12.30pm The State Library Theatrette, Melbourne Facebook event Tickets = $20-$25
  3. The Australian Psychedelic Society - Sydney will be hosting a mushroom themed event on June 30th at the Eastern Avenue Auditorium, University of Sydney. Speakers DR MARG ROSS Marg is a consultant clinical psychologist and the clinical lead in Australia's first ever psychedelic clinical trial. The trial will be based at St Vincent’s Hospital in Melbourne and it will investigate the ability of psilocybin-assisted therapy to alleviate anxiety and depression in terminally ill cancer patients. Marg will be talking about how the study will run, whilst addressing the rationale for how psilocybin works to alleviate such anxiety. DR SIMON BECK Simon was previously a senior psychiatric registrar and research assistant investigating the use of ketamine for depression. He is passionate about fungi of all kinds and runs educational events teaching mushroom identification. Simon will be discussing psilocybe mushrooms of Australia. He will go into details on how to identify various psilocybe species using habitat, climate, and morphology. This will help distinguish psilocybe mushrooms from other common look-a-likes. PSILOKROETY Psilokroety is a research scientist, who has been interested in edible mushrooms for more than 15 years. He will be presenting a workshop on the inoculation and growing requirements for oyster mushrooms. Be sure to bring your notepads! WHERE: Eastern Avenue Auditorium, University of Sydney, Camperdown. WHEN: 12pm - 5pm, Sunday 30th June TICKETS: $20 - $25 FACEBOOK EVENT WEBSITE
  4. Come join the Australian Psychedelic Society - Melbourne for an evening of expert talks on LSD, including a look at the past few years of Bicycle Day and psychedelic advocacy in Melbourne. WHAT IS BICYCLE DAY? Bicycle Day celebrates the first day in which LSD was purposefully ingested - April 19th, 1943. On this day, the chemist, Albert Hofmann ingested what he thought to be a small dose, before riding his bicycle home. Since this day, LSD has forged an influential place in the history of Western culture. SPEAKERS ASH BLACKWELL will emcee for the evening. Ash has been a grass-roots drug law reform campaigner for nearly a decade. He joined the Drug Law Reform Party in 2013 when it was founded and ran as a candidate for the seat of Wills in 2016. He was the founding Vice-President of Students for Sensible Drug Policy Australia and has co-hosted the weekly radio show Enpsychedelia on 3CR community radio since 2015. Ash has a passion for human rights and harm reduction and has been highly involved in several grass roots activities, including; the campaign for pill testing, the High Alert campaign against sniffer dogs, the Victoria Street Drug Solutions residents group campaign for the Supervised Injecting Room. He has also worked with the New Nicotine Alliance and Legalise Vaping Australia to provide a safer alternative for smokers. DR PRASH works in the psychiatry department of a major metropolitan hospital. His primary intellectual and research interest is in the therapeutic use of psychedelics and their potential role in psychotherapy. He sits on the clinical advisory board of The Australian Psychedelic Society and some of you may know Prash from the research discussion group Psychonauts Onymous, which brought together individuals professionally or intellectually connected to the psychedelic paradigm. When not pontificating on the topic at talks and conferences, he is actively seeking your money, or that of your philanthropist grandparents, to help get psychedelic research off the ground in Australia. JENNY VALENTISH is the author of the Walkley-nominated research-memoir hybrid, Woman of Substances, which investigates the female experience of drugs and alcohol. It will be published in the UK and US in 2018. Jenny is a consultant for Australia’s National Drug & Alcohol Research Centre, an ambassador for Monash University’s Brain & Mental Health Laboratory, and a board member of SMART Recovery Australia. She regularly updates her Facebook page with related stories. GREG KASARIK is a psychedelic activist and mystic. Described by The Age newspaper as, "a drug user who is probably too honest for his own good", Greg Kasarik is a drug law reform advocate, who is open and honest about his use of Enthogens for spiritual and religious purposes. Since 2010, he has been campaigning for the Victorian Government to provide regulated access to "Transcendent Compounds" for these purposes and as part of this campaign, he has completed a 28 day Hunger Strike and publicly taken LSD four times on the steps of the Victorian parliament house, after having announced his intentions to all members of the Victorian Parliament. On the fifth occasion, on Bicycle Day, 2016, Greg was arrested and charged with LSD possession. In January of 2017, after being unsuccessful in having the matter referred to the Victorian Supreme Court under the Victorian Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act (2006), Greg pleaded guilty and the charges were dismissed. He immediately announced to the court that he was once more in possession of LSD and was escorted from the court and immediately re-arrested on charges of LSD possession. At his latest court appearance in early May, Greg successfully argued the legal aspects of the case for referral to the Supreme Court, but was unsuccessful in obtaining referral, because the matter was not considered important enough for a referral. Since then, Greg has continued to lobby the Government and politicians for implementation of sensible drug policy. Greg is also the founder of the post-dogmatic” spiritual movement, “Community of Infinite Colour”, which is based on the realisation that with greater understanding, comes less certainty about what can be “known”. He openly admits that he “doesn’t have a clue what is going on” and encourages others to engage with their own spiritual journey, that engages with both their lived experience and the realities of the universe that they happen to inhabit. CAM DUFFY Cameron has an interest in the science and art of health, human optimization, and peak experiences. He currently works as a practicing counsellor in the field of dual diagnosis assessment and treatment. His research background includes the philosophy of transpersonal experiences and associated paradigms. Cameron is also passionate about issues relating to human rights and cognitive liberty. WHERE 11A Hope Street, Brunswick WHEN 6pm-9pm, Thursday 18th April TICKETS $20 - Eventbrite FACEBOOK
  5. Dasein

    Bicycle Day - Sydney

    Yay, Looking forward to it!
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