Psychedelics have seen a resurgence in public interest – not merely among users looking for a happy high, but also among researchers who are looking into potential health benefits of this particular category of drugs.
“Psychedelics, the word itself, means mind-manifesting and mind-revealing”, explains Robin Carhart-Harris, Head of the Centre for Psychedelic Research at the Imperial College of London. “So that’s a hint into perhaps what’s special about the properties that they can make visible to consciousness aspects of our minds that otherwise we can’t see.”
In this DLD Munich 2020 panel discussion, he was joined by investor Christian Angermayer (Apeiron Investment Group), Cristiana Falcone (World Economic Forum), Anne Philippi (The New Health Club) and moderator Jörg Rohleder to chat about the implications of psychedelics on psychotherapy and society.
Carhart-Harris explained how psychedelic therapy can offer a more holistic approach to treatment. He also addressed the risks of taking psychedelics. “It would take a huge dose of it for it to be in anyway threatening to life”, he said.