Mind Altering Science conference

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ABOUT THE OPEN FOUNDATION

The OPEN Foundation (Stichting OPEN in Dutch) is an interdisciplinary organization that aims to stimulate research into all aspects of the psychedelic experience. By organizing lectures, conferences and other informative meetings at universities, the goal of OPEN is to draw the attention of researchers towards this promising scientific subject. We want to spread honest information on both the potential and the risks of psychedelics, and hope to decrease the taboo that still surrounds the study of psychedelics. Besides, OPEN functions as a central node in an ever increasing network of national and international experts in the field of psychedelic research. A central focus in the coming years will be the facilitation and funding of psychedelic research in the Netherlands. In short: our aim is to lower the threshold for researching – and applying – the psychedelic potential.

ABOUT PSYCHEDELIC RESEARCH

The discovery of psychedelic substances as LSD and psilocybin in the early 20th century made a big impact on the scientific community. By 1965 over 2000 papers had been published describing results of over 40.000 patients successfully treated for e.g. anxiety disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorders, depression and alcoholism. However, when most psychedelic substances were made illegal in 1966, these same therapists and scientists were forced to abandon their research. Psychedelic research came to an end as quickly as it had come to life.

The lack of control groups, proper subject screening and follow-up studies made it hard to draw any hard, scientific conclusions. However, the tide has turned, thanks to the efforts of organizations like MAPS, the Beckley Foundation and the Heffter Research Institute. Since the beginning of the 1990’s, psychedelic research has been carried out in accordance with contemporary scientific standards. Although the results of these studies look promising and many scientists working with these substances believe psychedelics to have a great potential, the subfield of psychedelic science has remained quite unknown to the general scientific audience.