Ecstasy does not cause brain damage, new research shows

New research, led by John Halpern and published in the journal Addiction, suggests there is no evidence that ecstasy causes brain damage and the drug’s dangers have been exaggerated.

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High Society exhibition at the Wellcome Collection

There is still a month left to visit the High Society exhibition at the Wellcome Collection in London. Curated by Transform trustee and author Mike Jay, it explores the role of mind-altering drugs in history and society from the chillum pipes, made from puma bones, of 2000BC to experiments of the mid-20th century, . . . → Read More: High Society exhibition at the Wellcome Collection

Breaking Convention: A Multidisciplinary Meeting on Psychedelic Consciousness

Tickets have just gone on sale for Breaking Convention, a conference on psychedelic consciousness being held at the University of Kent at Canterbury April 2-3 2011.

The line-up looks great: four symposia with top-notch speakers (including Rick Doblin, Charles Grob and Paul Devereux, see below for full details) plus a full side programme:

  • Screenings of ‘DMT: The Spirit Molecule’ & ‘Dirty Pictures’.
  • Video presentations from Ralph Metzner and Ram Dass.
  • An Ayahuasca track, convened by Bia Labate.
  • Several tracks of seminars, debates, workshops and presentations from submitted abstracts.
  • Screenings of short psychedelic films, including ‘2012: Time For Change’, by Daniel Pinchbeck.
  • Socials and sonic succor with Ragnagrok Allstars, Bardo Thodal plus more, and visuals by the Bardo Light Show

Tickets start at £40 for early bird concessions, £60 for general admission and they are available from the website: http://breakingconvention.co.uk/

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Carsten Höller art installation features “soma”

What could be more festive than spending a night locked in an art gallery with a dozen reindeer and a fridge full of psychedelic drugs? asks the Guardian.

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