What a Long, Strange Trip it’s Been.
An evening with Dennis McKenna.
Reflections on the Ethnopharmacologic Search for Psychoactive Drugs, 1967-2017
In 1967, a landmark symposium entitled Ethnopharmacologic Search for Psychoactive Drugs was held in San Francisco, California. It was the first international, interdisciplinary group of specialists who gathered in one place to share their findings on the use of psychoactive plants in indigenous societies. Follow-up meetings were intended to be held every ten years, but the War on Drugs intervened.
In the 50 years since that first ESPD symposium, significant discoveries in ethnopharmacology have been made, and the field continues, more relevant than ever. In 2017, Dennis organized a 50th anniversary commemorative symposium in the spirit of the original, meant to focus on some of the new discoveries as well as on-going work in this field.
In this lecture, Dennis will review some of the significant discoveries in ethnopharmacology in the last 50 years, and speculate a bit on the future direction of psycho-ethnopharmacology.
Dennis will also present a short lecture on Amazonian plants before we follow with an open conversation.