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Neuroscience students launch Psychedelic Society

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The society hopes to promote positive research into psychedelic drugs.

Illegal hallucinogenic drugs such as LSD, magic mushrooms and DMT have become increasingly researched amongst the scientific community in the past decade. Government grants have been issued in the UK to study such compounds, in hope to ease the mental health burden in the UK. Traditional pharmaceutical antidepressants, such as SSRI’s, fail to work for up to half of individuals. For the individuals who do respond, various side effects are common. With antidepressant medications seeing a 48% increase in the past decade in Scotland, the need for innovative treatments is paramount.

Dr Adrian James from The Royal College of Psychiatrists has recently stated that coronavirus will worsen the UK’s mental health problems: “It is probably the biggest hit to mental health since the second world war.” Neuroscience students at the University of Glasgow have launched a Psychedelic Society to raise awareness about the potential for psychedelics to treat various mental health conditions such as depression, PTSD, anorexia, and addiction.

The Psychedelic Society are inspired by previous acts of social change that have occurred at the University of Glasgow. The University’s Climate Action Society contributed to the University’s plan of divestment from fossil fuels in 2013, with full divestment estimated to occur by 2024. Students at the University of Glasgow Psychedelic Society are hopeful that the University will also see the urgency to study psychedelic medicine and hope that they can make social change through providing students and staff with general education surrounding the therapeutic potential of psychedelics, in addition to the scheduling status of these substances.

Psychedelics are Schedule 1 controlled substances, which not only makes them illegal but makes scientific research extremely difficult. The University of Glasgow’s Psychedelic Society is hopeful that they can make changes to the current scheduling which would make research easier and help those who are in desperate need. With ecological scientists such as Dr Sam Gandy showing that psychedelics can also increase nature-relatedness – which could, in turn, increase positive environmental behaviour – psychedelics offer hope for the current climate crisis.

The society is inspired by political scientist Erica Chenoweth from Harvard University, who found that past historical acts of change occur when around 3.5% of the population are in active participation. The society is hopeful that others will engage to help lower the scheduling of psychedelics, which could help research and ultimately save the lives of those who have not benefited from other mental health treatments.

Professor Davit Nutt, a former advisory committee of the misuse of drugs was famously sacked for stating that ecstasy and LSD are less harmful than drugs such as alcohol, has been invited to talk as part of the society’s psychedelic science event. Professor David Nutt, who is now chair of Drug Science and deputy head of the Imperial College London’s Centre for Psychedelic Research, is also hopeful that psychedelics could help those suffering from mental health illness, which has been proven from clinical trials. Professor Nutt stated: “The results were quite remarkable, possibly the most powerful single-intervention impact in depression there’s ever been, half participants were depression-free at one week and about a third were depression-free at three months.”

Psychedelic Research Centers are launching around the world, and UK leading institutions such as Imperial College London, have a dedicated Centre for Psychedelic Research and have made a significant contribution to psychedelic science and mental health in recent years. Students at the University of Glasgow’s Psychedelic Society are hopeful that Scotland’s universities will follow, to pave the way for the healing potential of psychedelics.


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Lorna Webb

I wholeheartedly welcome this. Having suffered from depression since the age of 5 and having used anti-depressants while in and out of therapy, I would be more than happy to put myself forward as a volunteer for a case study.


I would like to take part in any studies as a volunteer


I’d be interested in volunteering for trails to support my community and country

David Paterson

Any updates?, I would be very interested in taking part if the option becomes available.

Patrick mills

I suffer from PTSD and anxiety disorders and would be willing to take part in any studies I have taken LSD psilocybin and MDMA in the past but as recreational I am now interested in medical side dealing with helping with depression

Lynn Gilgannon

I’d volunteer in a heartbeat. 54 year old chronic depression amongst othe things

Caoimhe Rooney

I want to volunteering for this study.

Staci Millar

I want to volunteer for this study, I have bipolar and bpd and I’m also in recovery too. 35 and no medication works , they wear off after a couple of months on them, then you refrain to that numb feeling, it’s horrible. Not to mention all the side effects of certain medications too.

Eamonn Mellon

I would like to take part in the studies

Violet Kirk

I would like to volunteer as a participant in these studies. I have suffered with my mental health since the age of 15. I am now in my 40s. I recently started microdosing (in my second week).

Brian Mackie

Really interested in volunteering. Suffered from clinical depression since I was 17 years old. I am 50 now and have been on SSRI’s for 15 years. Also hadca stroke this year and have been reading a lot of positive research about the benefits of psilocybin and neuroplasticity.

Mark Temple

I am desperate to get help with my long term depression and anxiety issues. Medication and talking therapies have not been particularly effective. I’m a 58 year old former chartered physiotherapist who had to retire due to mental health reasons. I’m keen to volunteer for any trials. Thank you

Jackie Finnen

Wow, where to start? One could suggest I have a Kaleidoscopic vision, stories, as deep as the ocean and I truly understand, to the depths of my soul, how I’m so over the moon, doesn’t matter if this sound krypton, orhing to do Keith the hallucinations I once got but more the Reason I KNOW THIS IS THE ANSWER… They saved me (age 12 -14) when I was at the pit of hell, they helped me see and do more positive things that I never thought possible. Probably too much but it’s hard to keep it all condensed. I’d like to maybe speak more privately to someone just to even explain why this is a miracle drug and why even if declared safe…sorry to say they won’t market it…like any other drug that actually works… sorry.