Psychedelics & Mental Health: Are They The Future of Treatment?

Psychedelics & Mental Health: Are They The Future of Treatment?

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University of Cambridge



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Join us for an enlightening talk with expert Dr Jonathan Iliff

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In this talk and Q&A led by NHS Doctor Jonathan Iliff we journey through the past, present and future use of psychedelic drugs to treat mental illness. Dr Iliff will journey through the history of experimentation by psychiatrists in over 40,000 patients: from the euphoric elitism of the 1940’s, to the crashing comedown of the effective ban on research in the 1970’s.

We will also discuss…

How psychedelics produce their effects in the brain

How people might benefit from consuming compounds such as psilocybin and LSD

Will psychedelics ever be prescribed on the NHS for mental health conditions?

So are psychedelics the future of mental health? If they are - what will that look like? And if not - then what is? Want answers? Then come on in. Let’s explore some marvellous things.

Talk Starts at 7.30pm, come down early and grab a drink!

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Dr Jonathan Iliff is a medical doctor in the NHS, with a background in neuroscience and mental health.

Jonathan has been an associate researcher with the psychedelic research group attached to King's College, was the founder and chair of the UCL Society for the Application of Psychedelics and has worked with prominent figures in the field, including writing a comprehensive review with Professor David Nutt.

His research focused on the use of psychedelic compounds, like LSD and psilocybin - the active ingredient in magic mushrooms - in the treatment of mental health disorders. Today his focus is clinical - focussing on helping with people, and their problems in the here and now.

Jonathan is in his element talking about taboo subjects such as psychedelic drugs, mental health and the brain. He believes that in our modern, comfortable world our greatest pains are mental - what a buddhist might suitably call 'suffering'. His mission is to stoke conversation about health and mental health, change attitudes that persist in even the most tolerant parts of our society, and encourage innovation like the use of psychedelic drugs that aim to improve the lives of the billions of people that suffer directly and indirectly from mental health disorders.

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