Dr Ben Sessa; MDMA: Trauma, Addictions and The Future of Medicine

This is a special members' event featuring a warm, nourishing homecooked meal, a talk by Dr Ben Sessa and a chance for you to meet and connect with other members of the Psychedelic Society.

Dr Ben Sessa is a consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist working in adult addictions and with survivors of trauma. He is interested in the developmental trajectory from child maltreatment to adult mental disorders and addictions. Since 2009 he has administered and received legal doses of LSD, psilocybin, MDMA, DMT and Ketamine as senior research fellow at Bristol and Imperial College London Universities and is currently conducting the UK's first clinical study with MDMA-assisted therapy for the treatment of alcohol use disorder. He has authored peer-reviewed articles in the mainstream medical press and written several books, including 'The Psychedelic Renaissance' (2012 & 2017), 'Psychedelic Drug Treatments' (2016) and 'To Fathom Hell or Soar Angelic' (2015). Alongside his supervisor, David Nutt, Ben lobbies for a change to drug prohibition policies that increase the harms of drug use and stifle opportunities for psychedelic research. He is co-founder and former Director of Breaking Convention. 


This is a special event for members. If you are interested in becoming a member of the Psychedelic Society, you can do so by following this link. Becoming a member is a powerful way to be part of the creation of a more kind and compassionate world. Membership is as little as £5 a month and in return we'll gift you discounts off of our events and invitations to our special members' only events, such as this one.

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