The inaugural Portland Psychedelic Conference 2018 features both local and visiting psychedelic science scholars speaking on the therapeutic and medicinal uses of psychedelics.

The keynote speaker is psychedelic luminary Dennis McKenna, PhD, who will talk about the international and interdisciplinary research findings in psycho-ethnopharmacology (interdisciplinary study of medicines and toxins used in indigenous societies). This conference offers continuing education credits for both mental health professionals and licensed naturopaths and is open to the general public as well.

In the 1950s and 60s, psychedelics garnered extensive international scientific interest, producing thousands of published studies and hundreds of conferences around the world. The movement was comprised of a diverse interdisciplinary and international academic community investigating psychedelics for their aid in recovery from mood disorders, addiction, and other conditions.

With Nixon’s war on drugs, psychedelic research quietly retreated to the shadows. However, research continued and countless numbers of people continued pioneering the use of psychedelics  for healing and recovery from trauma, addiction, depression, anxiety, and other disorders.

Thanks to the tireless efforts of leaders in the psychedelic renaissance, the psychedelic sciences are making a strong comeback. Clinical trials, documentaries, published studies, and numerous psychedelic conferences around the world herald the return of psychedelics as agents of healing and transformation. The latest book from esteemed and renowned journalist Michael Pollan, How to Change Your Mind, has further legitimized these sciences in mainstream consciousness.

The inaugural Portland Psychedelic Conference 2018 celebrates the psychedelic science renaissance by showcasing some of our local thought leaders on the topic in the fields of mental health, medicine, and law. We also bring  Johns Hopkins researcher Dr. Albert Garcia and psychedelic luminary Dennis McKenna, PhD as the keynote speaker.

This one-day conference offers continuing education credits for both mental health professionals and licensed naturopaths and is open to the general public as well.

Come celebrate Portland as one of the more active leaders in the global psychedelic renaissance and help lay the foundation for one of the west coast’s most preeminent conferences.

Produced and presented by the Portland Psychedelic Society, a project of PEERS 501c3.