Mind Altering Science: Andrew Sewell – Psychofarmacologisch onderzoek aan Yale University

Human psychopharmacology--the experimental administration of mind-altering drugs to human subjects--is an essential tool for characterizing the relationship between brain structure, neurochemistry, and symptomatology. This talk will summarize the last twenty years of completed, ongoing, and planned research at Yale on the drugs ketamine, delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), cannabidiol, [...]

23 October 2010|

Mind Altering Science: Stephen Whitmarsh – A Fully Emerged Neuroscience Expedition into the Shamanic Ayahuasca Experience

In 2009 we traveled to the Peruvian Jungle to participate in ayahuasca ceremonies with renowned Shipibo shaman Don Guillermo Arévalo. Our research goal was to investigate the neural correlates of the psycho-therapeutic and spiritual development during the shamanic ‘journey’. In addition we further developed the researcher/co-researcher protocol which [...]

23 October 2010|

(Hoe) werken psychedelica?

From psychology to pharmacology and back: in this lecture, we discuss both subjectively and ’objectively’ what it means to be tripping. Two prominent scientists offer an overview of the actual research regarding psychedelics, clinical health care trials and neural mechanisms.

19 April 2010|

Afkicken met iboga

At Thursday 19 February 2009 OPEN organized an informative meeting about Iboga and ibogaïne at the University of Amsterdam. The documentary ‘Ibogaine – Rite of Passage’ was shown, which was followed by a lecture of the director Ben de Loenen. After this, several experts debated the use of [...]

19 February 2009|

Ayahuasca and Anthropology: Amazonian Shamanism & Western Science

In this lecture at the University of Amsterdam on Monday December 17th 2007, Arno Adelaars introduced ayahuasca to those unfamiliar with the substance, after which Jeremy Narby filled the rest of the time. He spoke about ayahuasca and his experiences with the Ashaninca in the Peruvian Amazon. [...]

17 December 2007|