What we're about

Psychedelics and the Future of Psychiatry initially started as a Journal Club of sorts, open to the public to learn in a group environment about cutting edge research on psychedelic medicine.

Over time we have branched out as reading research has been surprisingly limiting. What is needed both in the medical field and in society in general, is a greater understanding for not only psychedelic medicine and the navigation of non-ordinary states of consciousness, but rather to introduce the public, both professional and lay individuals alike to the fact that these realms exist and they seem to hold great potential for deep healing and growth for all of humanity.

Thus, we now engage in a combination of readings, movie screenings, lectures, and anything else that seems relevant to non-ordinary states. We pair the subject matter with a short 20-30 min overview of the material and still engage in a group conversation to learn together what it means and how it might be applicable in helping those struggling with mental illness, as well as how it might play a role in our daily lives.

While we strive to keep the conversations fairly academic, it is our goal to create a platform that anyone can participate in regardless of your education level, as these topics are really ones of what it means to be human and we as humans all have valid points of view that need to be considered.

So please join us, either in person, or virtually, and let your voice be heard in this conversation. If enough voices chime in, then the hope is that our collective "Yop!" will spread and we will be able to enlighten more of society together.

Upcoming events (1)

A Discussion on Microdosing - Take 2

Trilogy Behavioral Health

Hey Everybody, Let's try this again. We had this Meetup scheduled for January, but the Polar Vortex made us reschedule. This may be somewhat serendipitous though as within that time a new book on the subject was published: The Science of Microdosing Psychedelics by Dr. Torsten Passie. You can buy a copy here, sadly I don't have a PDF to share as it's brand new: https://www.amazon.com/Science-Microdosing-Psychedelics-Torsten-Passie/dp/099280888X/ I just got my copy in the mail today and will try to read as much as I can before we meet. Here is the text from the original January meetup announcement: It's been too long and it's time for another discussion about something psychedelic. After much debate because it has been so requested, we are going to start this year strong with a chat about micro-dosing. I don't have a formal research article for you to read because... well.. there really aren't any at this point. There is Jim Fadiman's "Search" and there are studies in humans under way, but there is very little we know at this point. For those not familiar, here's a popular press article on the subject: https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/scientists-are-starting-to-test-claims-about-microdosing/ We will start with a brief overview of what has been reported but after that we will jump into our round table talk, so bring your questions and we will see if we can come to any new conclusions as a group. Looking forward to seeing everyone there, Matt AAAAAnd of course if you do find value in the Meetup and the things we are trying to do, please consider taking some time to help out financially or otherwise. Every little bit helps. To Donate with Cryptocurrency: https://gocps.net/65tlsmdtxa84ngxmlea3dkz7f/ To Donate with Debit/Credit Card: https://secure.meetup.com/Psychedelics-And-The-Future-Of-Psychiatry/contribute/ To help out in some other way that does not involve money: https://goo.gl/forms/SCSctmW546nOqhxB3 Lastly, I am looking for an intern to help with scheduling these events as well as helping out with a number of other activities in the psychedelic space in Chicago, If you are interested, or know someone who is, please reach out to me directly and I can share more info. - Matt

Past events (47)

Bonus Event: General Discussion About Psychedelics

Chicago Public Library - Harold Washington Library Center, Chicago, IL 60605

Photos (118)

Find us also at