Chacruna Institute and Mexican grassroots organizations join forces in a Psilocybin Symposium to discuss the medicalization and commodification of psilocybin in the US

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Press Release MEXICO CITY, Sept. 13, 2021 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — A host of scientific research and clinical trials around the world are affirming the remarkable effectiveness of psilocybin, the principal psychoactive component of “magic mushrooms,” in the treatment of a variety of medical conditions, including depression, anxiety, addiction, and PTSD. These evidence-based health benefits are contributing to the destigmatization and celebration of psilocybin mushrooms and other psychedelics in the popular culture of the Global North. However, despite this burgeoning interest, the challenges brought about by psilocybin’s growing globalization, commercialization, and medicalization is rarely addressed. Meanwhile, the realities of the Indigenous cultures that have long included sacred mushrooms in their ancestral healing practices remain almost entirely invisible. In response to these challenges, the Chacruna Institute, along with the Mexican non-profit organizations Vía Synapsis, The Mexican Psilocybin Society, and MindSurf, have joined forces to hold The International Symposium on Psilocybin: Therapeutic Potentials, Culture, and Decolonization on September 20–21, 2021. This online event is the first of its kind to offer a platform for voices that are routinely left out of the so-called “Psychedelic Renaissance,” providing decolonial perspectives on the ritual, therapeutic, scientific, cultural, and philosophical aspects of psilocybin and sacred mushrooms. This two-day, bilingual event includes prominent researchers, academics, Indigenous leaders, activists, and members of the psychedelic community, who will bring together different disciplines and local cultural knowledge to offer fresh perspectives on the most pressing issues in the global psychedelic movement, including debates few in the Global North are aware of. “This symposium opens unique avenues of research to replace the hegemonic paradigms that prevail in the psychedelic renaissance with an approach based on reciprocity, justice, and solidarity. Join us in this event that provides a space where we can open our thoughts to a diversity of mental landscapes.” –Osiris Sinuhé González Romero, Ph.D, Via Synapsis/ Chacruna…

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