Medicine/Healing

Two movements converge in Mexico at cryptopsychedelic

*Age-standardised disability-adjusted life year (DALY) rates from Post-traumatic stress disorder by country (per 100,000 inhabitants).​

“We can do legalization and decriminalization, but we need a reparative component to these policies” … Betty Aldworth, the Executive Director of Students for Sensible Drug Policy continued with a plea for more compassion in different drug use contexts. “I see a tendency in the psychedelic use community to ignore the sociocultural realities that create extraordinary barriers to use for the people most traumatized and who could benefit most from these substances. If we don’t pay attention to those people I think we do the world a disservice.”

Their talk shined a light on issues of inequality and oppression often missing from the conversations in psychedelic science. “For me this is about MDMA-assisted psychotherapy,” Oriana said. “This medicine healed me. But when I’m advocating for it, I want to make sure that people of color who’ve experienced trauma also have access to it. And that starts with helping build young leaders in this space.” … Mike Margolies [of Psymposia] stressed the importance of personal freedom in drug use. “People need to be able to use these substances in the ways they want to use them,” he said. “Whether it’s in the FDA-approved container—whether it’s in the jungle—whether it’s Katherine Maclean’s farm—people need to have the autonomy to make those choices for themselves.” “We ultimately have to remove the threat of criminalization from drug use first,” Betty [Aldworth, the Executive Director of Students for Sensible Drug Policy] said, “before we can open up the spiritual and psychological opportunities of psychedelics to all communities. When we decriminalize not just drugs we think of as ‘good’ but also those that are highly stigmatized, we can allow everyone access to these different contexts of use and healing.” …[regarding the intersection of psychedelics and cryptocurrency] … “My concern is cryptocurrency being another medium to exploit people,” Ifetayo Harvey [of Drug Policy Alliance] confessed to me. “The New York Times recently published a story about crypto people targeting Puerto Rico as their ‘crypto-utopia’, which to me perpetuates the legacy of colonialism. I am excited about the potential of cryptocurrency, but I have reservations about the way it’s being used.”

Original Article (Psymposia):
Two movements converge in Mexico at CryptoPsychedelic
Artwork Fair Use by: Lokal_Profil

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