August update

Posted Wed 16th Aug 2017, 4:20pm

Welcome to the August update (following a break in July).

1. Psychedelic Experience Weekends

The Psychedelic Society's Psychedelic Experience Weekends allow you to explore the transformative potential of psychedelics in a safe and legal environment. The profound experiences of unity and interconnectedness reliably brought about by strong psychedelic trips can help people to live lives of greater love, compassion and joy.

Some participants have little or no prior experience with psychedelics, whilst others may be relatively experienced yet are attracted by the group setting, and/or the idea of taking psychedelics in an intentional way at a potentially higher dose than before.

The next Experience Weekends will take place on:

  • 8-10 Sep (full)
  • 29 Sep - 1 Oct
  • 27-29 Oct (Psychedelic Experience Weekend for Women)
  • 3-5 Nov

Read more and apply on the Experience Weekends page

2. Upcoming events

Nothing happening near you? Then organise something! Anyone is now free to list events on the Psychedelic Society website, which we can help to publicise. Just suggesting a discussion on a topic of interest to you in a public space can be a good start.

3. #FindTheOthers

Psychedelic people are everywhere. But how do we find each other?

Our new #FindTheOthers campaign allows you to message Psychedelic Society members near you. View a map of Psychedelic Society members across the UK

4. Calling all digital creatives!

Calling all digital creatives (designers, developers, illustrators, video producers): Would you like to work with other talented people to produce quality digital content on psychedelics to be shared through the Psychedelic Society’s social media channels? Apply to join the Psychedelic Society's new digital-creatives group.

5. Merch

We now have a shop on our Facebook page where you can order t-shirts, hoodies and bags emblazoned with the Psychedelic Society logo.

6. Research

A couple of studies that would welcome your participation:

7. What’s hot on Facebook

Remember, you can suggest content for our social media channels via our website

8. Appreciate our work? Become a Supporter!

Appreciate our work? Become a Supporter by making a regular monthly donation to receive invitations to exclusive supporters-only events, priority booking to our more popular events, access to the supporters-only email group and the chance to influence the strategic direction of the Society.

With love,
Stephen and the Psychedelic Society team

June update

Posted Tue 6th Jun 2017, 9:43am

Welcome to the June update!

1. New logo

Following the competition some months ago, we're delighted to release our new logo. Thanks to Robert Aherne for the concept, and Josh Millgate for working with us to refine it. It features:

  • An eye, to symbolise awakening
  • A core of a phenethylamine molecule, as a tip to science and the scientific method
  • A repeated hexagon motif, to suggest “all in one and one in all”

Stickers, badges and t-shirts coming soon!

2. Thursday’s election

The UK General Election takes place this Thursday. The Conservative government has shown little appetite for the decriminalisation or legal regulation of psychedelics, in fact, it seems determined to continue the so-called ‘war on (some people who use some) drugs’.

We believe the best hope for drug law reform in the near future lies in voting tactically to support a Progressive Alliance. Visit the site to find out how to vote and campaign tactically in your area.

3. Psychedelic Experience Weekends

The Psychedelic Society's Psychedelic Experience Weekends allow you to explore the transformative potential of psychedelics in a safe and legal environment. The profound experiences of unity and interconnectedness reliably brought about by strong psychedelic trips can help people to live lives of greater love, compassion and joy.

Some participants have little or no prior experience with psychedelics, whilst others may be relatively experienced yet are attracted by the group setting, and/or the idea of taking psychedelics in an intentional way at a potentially high dose.

The next Experience Weekends will take place on:

  • 14-16 July
  • 29 Sep - 1 Oct
  • 27-29 Oct (Psychedelic Experience Weekend for Women)
  • 3-5 Nov

Read more and apply on the Experience Weekends page.

4. Upcoming events

Nothing happening near you? Then consider organising something! Anyone is now free to list events on the Psychedelic Society website. Just suggesting a discussion on a topic of interest to you in a public space can be a good start.

5. Research

We've been asked to share a few studies which would welcome your participation:

6. What’s hot on Facebook

Remember, you can suggest content for our social media channels via our website.

7. Appreciate our work? Become a Supporter!

Appreciate our work? Become a Supporter by making a regular monthly donation to receive invitations to exclusive supporters-only events, priority booking to our more popular events, access to the supporters-only email group and the chance to influence the strategic direction of the Society.

With love,
Stephen and the Psychedelic Society team

May update

Posted Mon 1st May 2017, 9:45am

Welcome to the May update!

1. Upcoming events

2. Other events

The Psychedelic Society's local groups are now functioning as independent organisations, and we won’t be seeking to set up new local groups. Rather, anyone is now free to list events on the Psychedelic Society website, which we’ll then help to publicise.

  • If there’s not been a local group in your area so far, you might want to list an initial exploratory meetup in a café or other public place.
  • If you do already have a local group in your area, you’re still welcome to list events - there’s no requirement for events to be attached to a local group.
  • If you don’t have time to be involved in organising events regularly, but you have a great idea for a one-off event, that’s fine - there’s no expectation to organise regularly.

Upcoming events listed by others:

3. Data from petition to relegalise magic mushrooms

To see if there’s something cool you can do with it, we’ve made it possible to bulk download data (first name and last name initial, reason for signing, date signed) in CSV format from our petition to relegalise the supply and possession of psilocybin ('magic') mushrooms.

Visit https://psychedelicsociety.org.uk/petitions/relegalise-mushrooms.csv, adding ?q=SEARCH_TERM to the end, e.g.

Keep an eye out for details of the first Psychedelic Society Hack Day!

4. What’s hot on Facebook

5. Appreciate our work? Become a Supporter!

Appreciate our work? Become a Supporter by making a regular monthly donation to receive invitations to exclusive supporters-only events, priority booking to our more popular events, access to the supporters-only email group and the chance to influence the strategic direction of the Society.

With love,
Stephen and the Psychedelic Society team

April update

Posted Mon 3rd Apr 2017, 11:07am

Welcome to the April update!

1. Psychedelic Experience Weekends

The Psychedelic Society's Psychedelic Experience Weekends allow you to explore the transformative potential of psychedelics in a safe and legal environment. The psychedelic used at the weekends is the psilocybin-containing truffle. The weekends take place in the Netherlands, where psilocybin truffles are legal, in groups of 10-15.

We’re now holding Experience Weekends every month. The May and June weekends will take place on 5-7 May and 16-18 June.

You can read more and apply here . If you are accepted onto the programme, you will be sent details of future weekends as soon as dates are confirmed.

2. Upcoming events

Anyone can now submit events for the Psychedelic Society website and newsletter via the new events page, and there’s plenty going on over the coming weeks!

3. Breaking Convention 2017: 4th International Conference on Psychedelic Consciousness

This summer, on the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love, the largest psychedelic research conference in Europe returns to the University of Greenwich.

Hosting approximately 150 interdisciplinary presentations over three days, across four simultaneous academic tracks, Breaking Convention is one of the biggest psychedelic meetings in the world. The conference features more than a dozen interactive workshops, a visionary art exhibition, installation gallery, psychedelic film festival, theatre and performance programme, evening banquet, and celebrations every night at the SU bar. Contributions come from the fields of cutting-edge neuroscience, clinical psychology and psychiatry, pharmacology, sociology and criminology, policy analysis, anthropology, archaeology, ethnobotany, music, art, history, literature, theology, mysticism, indigenous perspectives, parapsychology, and much else besides.

Read more on breakingconvention.co.uk or get tickets via Eventbrite (early bird tickets are already sold out!)

4. Psychedelic Survey

The psychedelic research team at Imperial College London has launched a major new survey to discover the effects of the use of psychedelic substances.

If you plan on taking a psychedelic drug in the next two months, then you can sign up. You will be sent a link to a survey at five time points, before and after your experience. The completion time of the survey varies, but none take longer than 40 minutes and one takes only 5 minutes. You can complete each survey in your own time and pace. All data will remain anonymous, and will be stored securely and encrypted.

5. Signed blotter art

How would you like to own a sheet of blotter art signed by one of this generation's outstanding psychedelic scientists?

Robin Carhart-Harris has kindly signed a number of sheets of blotter art gifted to us by blotterart.co.uk, and we are conducting a sealed-bid auction of the sheets to raise funds for The Psychedelic Society.

We will be accepting bids for each sheet via email (bids@psychedelicsociety.org.uk) until the end of April, at which point they will go to the highest bidder.

6. MIT Disobedience Award

The MIT Media Lab is now accepting nominations for the first ever Disobedience Award, which carries a $250,000 cash prize. This award will go to a person or group engaged in "an extraordinary example of disobedience for the benefit of society".

Anyone can nominate an organisation, and we're honoured to have been told that people have been nominating The Psychedelic Society! If you appreciate our work and believe it's impacting society in positive ways, you’re welcome to nominate us too.

7. What’s hot on Facebook

8. Appreciate our work? Become a Supporter!

Appreciate our work? Become a Supporter by making a regular monthly donation to receive invitations to first exclusive supporters-only events (like Tuesday's reception with with Imperial psychedelic scientist Leor Roseman), priority booking to our more popular events, access to the supporters-only email group and the chance to influence the strategic direction of the Society.

With love,
Stephen and the Psychedelic Society team

March update

Posted Tue 7th Mar 2017, 3:02pm

Welcome to the March update!

1. Psychedelic Experience Weekends

We are now running Psychedelic Experience Weekends almost every month. Some feedback from recent weekends:

"I felt so comfortable, accepted and loved for the whole weekend."
"I felt completely safe and comfortable, the facilitators were fantastic, kind, loving, interesting and humble."
"It was the most profound experience of my life."
"[The experience was] profound beyond words."
"Incredible venue, exquisite food, and the structure of the weekend was so lovingly thought out."

The March and April Experience Weekends are confirmed for 17-19 March (1 space remaining) and 7-9 April (a few spaces remaining). We will confirm dates for May, June and July soon. You can read more and apply here; if you are accepted onto the programme, you will be sent details of future weekends as soon as dates are confirmed.

2. Upcoming events
3. What’s hot on Facebook
  • LSD could make you smarter, happier and healthier. Should we all try it?: "Far from being harmful, they found, hallucinogens can help sick people: They helped alcoholics drink less; terminal patients eased more gently into death. And it’s not just the infirm who are helped by the drugs. Psychedelics can make the healthy healthier, too."
  • People use drugs, get over it: "Deciding to use substances like tobacco, alcohol, marijuana or heroin does not make people less human. It reflects the fact that they are human. But what might make the rest of us less human is our insistence on creating environments that force people who use substances to be more dejected, debased, desperate, and in danger than anyone should be."
  • Magic mushrooms found at Buckingham Palace

4. Imperial College London survey

Are you - or do you know someone who is - planning to have a psychedelic experience? Would you like to contribute to research into the effects of these compounds? Imperial College London are looking for people willing to share their experience/s in an anonymous online survey.

5. Appreciate our work? Become a Supporter!

Appreciate our work? Become a Supporter by making a regular monthly donation to soon receive an invitation to our first exclusive supporters-only event with Imperial psychedelic scientist Leor Roseman, priority booking to our more popular events, access to the supporters-only email group and the chance to influence the strategic direction of the Society.

With love,
Stefana and the Psychedelic Society team