On April 19th, 1943 Albert Hofmann, took the first ever trip of LSD before cycling home. On his cycle home he begun to feel the intense psychedelic effects of the drug. Decades later we celebrate this fateful day and pay homage to the effect LSD has had on society.
“To fathom hell or soar angelic, just take a pinch of psychedelic.”
60 years has gone by since the term ‘psychedelic’ first entered the English lexicon. In that relatively short period of time, the communities that have arisen around the psychedelic experience have been marred by controversy, stigma and prohibition. Early research gave way to a counter-culture that rocked the US and other parts of the western world, eventually resulting in a prohibition that wormed its way across the globe. The 1980s saw new counter-cultures arise, with similar values to previous decades and new chemicals to explore. A new psychedelic revolution began, learning many of the previous lessons and taking a more controlled approach.
Research into the psychedelic substances grew into the wide-ranging and diverse research we see today.
Many terms exist to describe the variety of psychoactive substances, including the stale and factually questionable government favourite ‘hallucinogen’, the divine manifesting ‘entheogen’ and the overly clinical ‘psychotomimetic’.
Psychedelic has come to mean much more than an experience manifested by the ingestion of a substance. It is a word that has come to represent and reflect a greater culture and community, with a common interest in exploring the boundaries of mind and what the human experience is.
The Australian Psychedelic Society is part of a global movement of fellow seekers, looking to explore the many questions around mind and the human experience.
Kalacoma are a five piece trip-hop/electronica band, blending intricate and diverse sonic elements into a sound that seeks to wake long hidden elements of our psyche. By fusing electronic and acoustic elements, they layer intricate rhythms and filmic soundscapes with soaring melodic vocals, weaving diverse influences into something hard to pin down but seamless in its execution.
Steph Tzanetis of DanceWize shares her experience in psychedelic harm reduction.
Nick Wallis of Enpsychedelia, explores Thomas Roberts’ MindApps theory.
Ash Blackwell of Students for Sensible Drug Policy Australia, discusses our right to cognitive liberty.PRISM: Psychedelic Research in Science & Medicine present a panel on psychedelic science:
Dr. Martin Williams
Dr. Monica Barratt
Dr. Stephen BrightMelissa Warner and Dr. Dean Wright will host an interactive session talking about the importance of coming out of the psychedelic closet. Learn how these substances create change in your brain and why its time for you to start spreading the message.
Closing on stories of transformation from your peers