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Exploring the power of psychedelics to create shared, inclusive consciousness
FEATURED RESEARCH (Q3 2021)
What if psychedelics could actually change your gene expression; genetically increasing neuroplasticity in a way that reduces depression while increasing self-compassion and altering our perception of traumatic memories in a less negative way? Well… we’re starting to do the research and the results are in!
Researchers took saliva samples from a group before and after an ayahuasca journey and found a statistically significant change in the expression of the gene SIGMAR1, which is involved in how traumatic memories are stored. The sample size was too small to generalize the results, but this is the first-ever study exploring psychedelics and epigenetics (the study of how cells control gene activity without changing the DNA sequence).
Mental Health and Epigenetic Outcomes From a Six Month Naturalistic Study
Simon Ruffell, Nige Netzband, WaiFungTsang, Merlin Davies, Matthew Butler, James Rucker, Luis Fernando Tófoli, Emma Louise Dempster, Allan Young, Celia Morgan
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) presents a major public health problem for which currently available treatments are modestly effective. Participants were randomized 1:1 to receive manualized therapy with MDMA or with placebo, combined with three preparatory and nine integrative therapy sessions. The results indicate that, compared with manualized therapy with inactive placebo, MDMA-assisted therapy is highly efficacious in individuals with severe PTSD, and treatment is safe and well-tolerated, even in those with comorbidities. MDMA-assisted therapy represents a potential breakthrough treatment that merits expedited clinical evaluation.
This study is the first Phase 3 study involving MDMA and was a huge collaborative effort from the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) team and their public benefit corporation.
A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled Phase 3 study
This is a paper analyzing 31 in-depth interviews with Israelis and Palestinians that sat in Ayahuasca ceremonies together; exploring how psychedelics might contribute to processes of peacebuilding, and in particular how an intercultural context, embedded in a protracted conflict, would affect the group’s psychedelic process in a relational sense.
The interviews spotlight 3 relational themes: 1) Unity-Based Connection – collective events in which a feeling of unity and ‘oneness’ is experienced, whereby participants related to each other based upon a sense of shared humanity, and other social identities seemed to dissolve (such as national and religious identities). 2) Recognition and Difference-Based Connection – events where a strong connection was made to the other culture. These events occurred through the expression of the other culture or religion through music or prayers, which resulted in feelings of awe and reverence 3) Conflict-related revelations – events where participants revisited personal or historical traumatic elements related to the conflict, usually through visions.
Leor Roseman, Yiftach Ron
Antwan Saca, Natalie Ginsburg
Lisa Luan, Nadeem Karkabi
Rick Doblin, Robin Carhart-Harris
MEET MILLENNIAL HR DESIGN
ABOUT STEVEN HUANG
I founded Millennial HR Design to inspire a generation of leaders to interrogate systems of oppression, learn inclusive management practices, and wield privilege to create positive change.
My unique blend of experiences as an HR analytics pioneer, an actuarial analyst, a psychedelics enthusiast and an advocate for social justice and inform how I approach this work.
Currently, my focus is on leveraging the power of psychedelics to create spaces of shared consciousness so that we can re-imagine a future that belongs to all; the future that we deserve.