Martha Allitt – Let’s Talk About Psychedelics
We are in the midst of a psychedelic renaissance. As the therapeutic potentials of psychedelics have emerged in the Western media, we are beginning to reconcile years of stigma and prohibition laws. However, the hype around these exciting new medicines has led to a discrepancy of information – with media glamorisation far outweighing the shadow sides that could emerge from the mainstreaming of psychedelics. Psychedelics can be unpredictable and the romanticisation of these compounds, – without harm-reduction or risk awareness – brings grave dangers. Despite the rhetoric, these substances aren’t guaranteed to make you more liberal. Psychedelics are non-specific amplifiers with the potential to inflate pre-existing narcissism and thirst for power. We need to question the authenticity of those holding psychedelic space, or distributing these compounds. Are they driven by desire to manifest positive change? Or are they fueling their ego, or profiteering from the growing margins of the psychedelic industry? This talk will expose the dark underbelly of potential outcomes from our ongoing psychedelic movement, from the monopolisation and domination over psychedelics within the capitalist framework, through to the exploitation of ecological resources which threaten the very existence of plants that give us the compounds.