Psychedelic Science 2023

Psychedelic Science 2023

The largest psychedelic conference in history

My Experience

The Psychedelic Science 2023 conference was an immersive and enlightening experience for me. As soon as I entered the Colorado Convention Center, I was met with an atmosphere charged with the energy and anticipation of thousands of attendees, each there with the shared goal of exploring and understanding the world of psychedelics.

What I Learned

Throughout the five-day conference, I attended numerous lectures, panels, and workshops led by experts in the field. I was particularly struck by the presentation by A Conversation with Amanda Feilding and Rick Doblin, Ph.D., who spoke about conducting landmark studies with brain imaging. The insights I gained from this session alone have fundamentally shifted my understanding of LSD, MDMA, DMT and Psilocybin.

Another highlight was the workshop on Psychedelics as THe Great Disrupters: Reconstructing the Future of Mental Healthcare, led by Dr. Ben Sessa. The hands-on experience and the opportunity to interact directly with experts and fellow attendees provided invaluable practical knowledge that I will certainly apply in my life, family, friends, and mental health in general.

Program Highlights

  • Panels, workshops, and lectures from leaders in psychedelic research, education, policy, business, culture, and communities

  • Pre- and post-conference workshops

  • Exhibit hall and an interactive installation space featuring artists, musicians, and vendors from around the world​

Featured Speakers

  • Aaron Rodgers: Green Bay Packers Quarterback, NFL MVP, Super Bowl Champion

  • Michael Pollan: Author, Co-Founder of the Berkeley Center for the Science of Psychedelics

  • John Mackey: Co-founder and Former CEO of Whole Foods Market, Co-creator and CEO of Love.Life

  • Sasha Cohen: Two-time United States Olympian and Olympic Silver Medalist

  • Lieutenant Diane M. Goldstein (Ret.): Executive Director of Law Enforcement Action Partnership

  • Paul Stamets: Famed mycologist, Founder and Chief Science Officer at Fungi Perfecti

  • And more than 300 scientists, celebrities, therapists, healers, researchers​

Featured Therapy and Practitioner Speakers

  • Dr. Julie Holland: Psychiatrist, Author, Medical Advisor

  • Dr. Rachel Yehuda: Vice-Chair and Professor of Psychiatry, Director, Center for Psychedelic Psychotherapy and Trauma Research

  • Dr. Carl Hart: Columbia University Irving Medical Center Ziff Professor Of Psychology

  • Chelsea Rose Pires: Therapist and Executive Director of Zendo Project

  • Danielle M. Herrera: Harm Reduction & Psychedelic Psychotherapist​

Featured Sessions

  • Creating Standards of Care and Accreditation for Psychedelic Practitioners

  • Embedding Health Equity Principles into Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy and Education

  • Building Community-Oriented Therapy Practices

  • The State of Ketamine-Assisted Therapy

  • Considering Psychedelic Therapy for Adolescents​