If you’re looking to pitch in some hard-earned cash to advance drug education and bring the future of legal, well regulated, socially accepted psychedelic use ever nearer, here are three great initiatives deserving of your attention and dollars:
1) Help make the non-profit production of MDMA & psychedelics a reality!
EmmaSofia, a Norwegian non-profit, is hoping to take a big step forward in increasing the accessibility of quality-controlled psychedelics around the world. If their Indiegogo campaign proves successful, they plan to manufacture MDMA, psilocybin, and perhaps LSD for “use in medical practice, research, and other legal purposes.” With a week left in their campaign, they’ve raised $18,000 of the $300,000 start-up cost for MDMA and psilocybin.
The two researchers behind this project have contributed significantly to psychedelic research in recent years. In 2012, Pål-Ørjan Johansen and Teri Suzanne Krebs conducted a meta-analysis that showed LSD could be a viable treatment for alcoholism — I covered this research here.
These same researchers are also behind a recent population study which demonstrated that psychedelic use does not increase the risk of psychosis or other mental health conditions, refuting a myth that has persistently clung to psychedelics for decades.
EmmaSofia is “working to ensure the human rights of people who choose to use MDMA and psychedelics whether for therapeutic, spiritual, personal development, or cultural purposes.” If you want to join the 500 people that have contributed to EmmaSofia’s mission so far, check out their Indiegogo campaign!
2) Support the world’s first brain imaging study on LSD!
The Beckley Foundation is hoping to do the world’s first imaging study of the brain on LSD, research that could shed light on the substance’s medical applications and help us learn more about consciousness and how it relates to the brain.
The campaign’s initial request of £25,000 ($37,000 USD) was quickly met by supporters, so the campaign has been extended by an additional £50,000 ($74,000 USD) that will go toward a new study examining the relationship between LSD and creativity.
The use of psychedelics to catalyse creativity has received research attention in the past, most notably in a study conducted by Dr. Willis Harman in 1966. Researchers administered mescaline to a group of creatively-involved professionals that included engineers, physicists, architects, and designers. Each participant was asked to bring a problem by which they were particularly challenged. As a result of these sessions, many participants came up with fruitful leads or completed solutions that fit the necessary criteria and were later accepted for production, publication, or construction.
And recently, CNN reported that billionaires, entrepreneurs, and software developers in Silicon Valley are regularly using psychedelics for problem solving and to stimulate novel and creative thinking.
Undoubedly, re-starting modern research on psychedelics and creativity would be a significant step forward in psychedelic research, moving from the realm of strictly medical applications to learning to use psychedelics for cognitive enhancement and creative stimulation. This use of psychedelics can lead not only to solutions to specific problems, but to complete paradigm shifts in a variety of disciplines.
With 22 days to go, the Beckley Foundation’s Walacea crowdfunding campaign has raised £47,000 ($70,000 USD) of the £75,000 ($111,500 USD) it now hopes to collect. So far, 1400 people have donated to the campaign, and it seems to be gaining steam. Make a pledge to this campaign if you can!
3) Help fund a high-quality documentary about MDMA history, harm reduction, and its therapeutic uses!
Harm reduction pioneer and DanceSafe founder Emanuel Sferios is seeking funding to complete a documentary that details MDMA’s history and therapeutic uses alongside harm-reduction and education on this empathogenic drug’s effects.
This documentary has a talented team in charge, great content and interviews, and the support of MAPS, Students for Sensible Drug Policy, and the Drug Policy Alliance behind it. With 20 days remaining, Sferios and his team have raised nearly half of the $100,000 the campaign seeks to generate. Over 700 people have contributed so far to make this documentary a reality — click here to pitch in!