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ETHNOPHARMACOLOGIC SEARCH FOR PSYCHOACTIVE DRUGS II:  50 Years of Research (1967 – 2017)

A three day anniversary conference with 16 international specialists

An international group of specialists will gather to share their perspectives on the last 50 years of research, and assess the current and possible futures for research in ethnopsychopharmacology. Tyringham Initiative and Symbio Life Sciences under direction of Dennis McKenna, are organizing a follow-up conference to the 1967 symposium this June.

In 1967, a landmark symposium entitled Ethnopharmacologic Search for Psychoactive Drugs was held in San Francisco, California, sponsored by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and U. S. Public Health Service. It was the first international, interdisciplinary group of specialists – from ethnobotanists to neuroscientists – to gather in one place and share their findings on a topic that was gaining widespread interest:  The use of psychoactive plants in indigenous societies. Follow-up meetings were intended to be held every ten years, but political winds shifted, the War on Drugs intervened, psychedelic substances were banned and demonized, research went underground.  2017 marks the 50th anniversary of that seminal symposium. Since 1967 and in spite of the prohibitions, much good research has been accomplished by scientists and medical professionals, in particular the last decade where hundreds of approved clinical trials around the world using psychedelics for treatment of depression, addiction, PTSD, and numerous other conditions have shown very positive therapeutic effects.

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