Beyond Wonderland: Memories, dreams, and reflections
Updated: Nov 11, 2021
Psychedelics really are changing the world, but not necessarily in the way you might think.
During the 2021 Wonderland conference in Miami, Mike Tyson said that psychedelics (especially 5-MEO-DMT) got him feeling kindness and compassion to the point where he became a totally new person. He said, "if everyone saw what I saw, the world would be a better place."
That is what the hippies in the 60s were trying to tell us, and they were right.
The psychedelics sector has expanded tremendously over the past 18 months. We have seen growth in the number of scientific papers that have been published, and a lot of money being invested in drug development and clinical protocols.
Usually we focus on how psychedelics change individual minds. But now we're seeing how psychedelics are really changing what it means to be human.
At Wonderland I witnessed the vision for Lucid Humanity come to life in all its glory: from small community cultural hubs to capitalist wealth redistribution to reparations and reconciliation.
I can't thank the founders of Microdose enough for the opportunity to attend as a scholarship award recipient.
Here are a few of my takeaways:
The intersection between psychedelics and tech sparks interest in several interesting domains including precision medicine. We're also going to see more in the way of therapeutic tools and toys for a new tomorrow.
Psychedelics are showing promise for chronic pain relief!
A multitude of treatment protocols are under way, corresponding with the wealth of molecules being brought to market. Suspicion of big pharma remains, but enough big pharma people are taking the red pill and it is even possible that we may see radical changes to health care systems within a few generations.
Drug policy reform is happening, albeit slowly, with Europe, Canada, and Israel several steps ahead and the rest of the world friendly at least to the "plant-based" medicines.
Psychedelics are already being used in corporations for leadership, culture change, creativity, performance, and the like. Now we're seeing deeper changes. Those who want to play by the old roles are getting squeezed out a little. The new rules emphasize equity, justice, and ethics.
That's it for now. I'll have more fine-grained analyses of the lectures in the upcoming weeks. Stay happy and hang tight--we're almost there!