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[Film Screening] Neurons to Nirvana: Understanding Psychedelic Medicines

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Neurons to Nirvana: Understanding Psychedelic Medicines makes its San Francisco premiere this Thursday with an in-depth panel discussion will feature Virginia Wright - Development Director of MAPS, MDMA researcher Phil Wolfson, Bia Labate, Editor of "The Therapeutic Use Of Ayahuasca," and Daniel Jabbour - Founder of Psychedelic Society. This promises to be an evening of enlightenment.

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NEURONS TO NIRVANA: UNDERSTANDING PSYCHEDELIC MEDICINES is a richly-illustrated feature documentary about the resurgence of psychedelics as medicine. Through interviews with the world's foremost researchers, writers, psychologists and pioneers in psychedelic psychotherapy, the film explores five powerful psychedelic substances (LSD, Psilocybin, MDMA, Ayahuasca and Cannabis) and their previously established medicinal and psychotherapeutic potential.

== Speakers ==

Dr. Phil Wolfson is a psychiatrist in private practice in San Francisco and San Rafael, the author of Noe: A Father-Son Song of Love, Life, Illness, and Death, and the Consciousness Studies editor at Tikkun Magazine. A graduate of Brandeis University and NYU School of Medicine, he has published articles on health care, politics, psychedelic psychotherapy, and scientific studies. Phil remains committed to the exploratory path of a '60s warrior - engaged in Buddhism, friendship, and community building, mind and heart expansion, planetary consciousness, and profound democracy. He hopes love will triumph.

Virginia Wright has been working as the development director for the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelics Studies (MAPS) since October 2011. Prior to her work with MAPS, Virginia was the Principal of Wright & Associates, a firm that provided strategic planning, marketing and fundraising services to nonprofit organizations. Virginia served as the Executive Director of the Santa Cruz County Symphony, and the Development Director of the Carmel Bach Festival, and KUSP radio. Virginia was an early employee of the Global Fund for Women, and co-founded the Soviet American Performing Arts Exchange. She has participated in two international movements that have helped change the world: citizen diplomacy and the woman’s movement. She believes that ending the drug war, and basing drug policy on science, not fear, is one of the next big shifts in thinking that will bring healing and freedom to millions of people. Virginia received her MBA from Santa Clara University, and her BA from SFSU in International Relations and Russian Studies. She danced professionally in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco, and currently dances for joy.

Beatriz Caiuby Labate has a Ph.D. in Social Anthropology from the State University of Campinas (UNICAMP), Brazil. Her main areas of interest are the study of psychoactive substances, drug policy, shamanism, ritual, and religion. She is Visiting Professor at the Drug Policy Program of the Center for Economic Research and Education (CIDE) in Aguascalientes, Mexico. She is also Research Associate at the Institute of Medical Psychology, Heidelberg University, co-founder of the Nucleus for Interdisciplinary Studies of Psychoactives (NEIP), and editor of NEIP’s website ( She is author, co-author, and co-editor of twelve books, one special-edition journal, and several peer-reviewed articles. For more information, see:

Daniel Jabbour is the founder of the Psychedelic Society and its flagship San Francisco chapter. Prior to living in San Francisco, he helped organize a similar group in NYC. In college, Daniel founded a SSDP, or Students for Sensible Drug Policy chapter and has been active with SSDP ever since. He was on a Drug Policy Alliance (DPA) committee working to end NYC's marijuana arrest epidemic, and has spoken at several NORML/SAFER rallies in NYC. His previous political work also includes lobbying at the local and national level, and organizing student volunteers for a mayoral race in Hoboken, NJ. When he's not hacking on Drug Policy, he's a Lead Engineer at a San Francisco based startup, and mentors young hackers at Hack the Future.

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