The Elephant in the Room: The Need to Address Race in Psychedelic Research

Earlier this year, I was awarded a Perspectives Scholarship by MAPS to attend the Psychedelic Science 2017 conference (, and to help deliver a Community Forum called “White Allies and Anti-Racist Practice in the Psychedelic Community.” I was honored to do this, as I believe that psychedelic research has the potential to heal trauma and create positive social change in the world. From my experience at the conference, I also saw that more work has to be done to ensure that systemic patterns of oppression, including racism, stop being reproduced in the psychedelic research community.

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