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Psychedelics, Nature and Mental Health

 🗣 Sam Gandy (PhD ecologist and independent researcher)

⏰ Tuesday 07 May, 8PM CET (7PM GMT, 2PM EST, 11AM PST)

📍 Online (OPEN Community Platform)

There appears to be a growing disconnection between humans and their natural environments which has been linked to poor mental health and environmental destruction. A growing body of evidence suggests that usage of psychedelic substances such as psilocybin is associated with enduring increases in nature relatedness or connectedness post experience, with this encompassing an awareness of being part of the wider interconnected web of life that makes up the natural world.
How might this occur, and what are the potential implications of this at a time of growing mental health and ecological crises?
What overlap is there between how psychedelics and contact with nature affect our mental state, and how can we maximise this synergy and best use psilocybin as a catalyst of (re)connection?

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ABOUT THE SPEAKERS

Sam Gandy
Sam is a PhD ecologist, independent researcher and science communicator. He has varied experience of working within the psychedelic field, including as a past scientific assistant to the director of the Beckley Foundation and as a research assistant with the Synthesis Institute. His work has also involved science communication, including a past role as a senior science writer for Wavepaths, giving talks in association with Seed Talks and delivering fungi cultivation workshops in association with the Psychedelic Society. A lifelong nature lover, he has a research interest in the capacity of psychedelics to influence human relationships with nature, and is a collaborator with the Centre for Psychedelic Research at Imperial College London and Onaya Science. His main work focus is within the ecological field focussing on nature recovery, working as Innovation Team Leader for environmental consultancy Ecosulis. 

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