11:00am - 11:30am
A Double-Edged Sword? Potential Risks Associated with Key Benefits of Psychedelic Treatments
Drawing from a large body of evidence across both first and second waves of psychedelic psychiatry, this talk will outline a number of benefits of psychedelic treatment, argue for a set of possible risks associated with each benefit, and describe a large controlled clinical trial wherein the speaker is currently exploring these issues. Among others, these benefits (and risks) include: the veridicality of psychedelic experience and its enduring authority over time (and the risk of delusion proneness); the propensity for new perspectives and flexible thinking (and the risk of conspiratorial and non-critical thinking); the ability to access repressed memories (and the risk of false memories); enhanced prosocial attitudes (and the risk of increased partisan or tribal positions); increased environmentalism (and the risk of anxious fatalism); and connection to a higher power or purpose (and the risk of ‘spiritual bypassing’). The speaker will also suggest clinical methods to mitigate these possible risks.