Joe C
by on August 8, 2019
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Psychedelic Studies should be an area of study at all major universities. This is an academic frontier that we have only begun to explore. Psychedelic studies is a uniquely interconnected topic in that it brings together diverse areas of life and academia in a meaningful way.  Psychedelics and psychedelicness are far too interesting to not have the best and brightest minds working in this area of study. Psychedelics are the future and if universities truly want to prepare students for the future they should provide an opportunity to study a topic that has unparalleled potential for growth. Here are some questions a student in psychedelic studies could spend time researching and thinking about.

  1. What are the philosophical implications of the psychedelic experience?
  2. What is the neurobiological basis of the psychedelic experience?
  3. What is the history of the psychedelics, and how have psychedelics historically influenced different areas of human life?
  4. What is the role of psychedelics in living a holistically healthy lifestyle?
  5. How do shamans facilitate the psychedelic experience, and what are effective and ethical shamanic methods?
  6. Who are important historical and contemporary figures in psychedelic culture?
  7. What is the relationship between psychedelics and religion?
  8. What is the relationship between psychedelics and eastern mysticism?
  9. What is the influence of psychedelics on art and music?
  10. What is the etymology and history of the word psychedelic?
  11. What books have been written about the psychedelics experience?
  12. What are risks and possible negative effects of psychedelics? How can risks best be managed?
  13. What is the nature of entities encountered through psychedelics?
  14. What is the nature of the glossolalia experience?
  15. What do psychedelics teach us about sexuality?
  16. Can psychedelic states be achieved through nondrug means and to what extent?
  17. What are the effects of psychedelics combined with sensory deprivation?
  18. What are the main experiential differences between different specific psychedelics?
  19. How can psychedelics be used to treat addiction and what is the proper protocol?
  20. How can psychedelics be used to treat social anxiety?
  21. How can psychedelics be used to treat depression?
  22. How do psychedelics change our understanding of mental illness?
  23. How should psychedelics be used recreationally and what is the best practice? What is the most effective way to have fun on psychedelics?
  24. What differentiates recreational use of psychedelics from recreational use of more destructive drugs such as opiates or cocaine?
  25. How can psychedelics be abused or used in a destructive way?
  26. How do psychedelics change our understanding of death?
  27. What are political implications of psychedelic thinking?
  28. What are the sociological implications of psychedelics?
  29. Are psychedelics at all relevant to fields such as mathematics and theoretical physics?
  30. Since psychedelics are so multi-disciplinary, can they help us find connections between fields of study typically considered distinct but linked by psychedelics?
  31. How can psychedelics be used to benefit the entire world and not just people lucky enough to have access to them?
  32. How do psychedelics affect our relationship to nature?
  33. What is the relationship between schizophrenia and the psychedelic experience?
  34. What are the effects of psychedelics on people with autism?
  35. Is it possible to know that someone is on a specific psychedelic based on their mannerisms and energy? Can these physical signs be quantified and explained logically?
  36. What is effective and ethical protocol for dealing with a bad trip that is already in progress? How can we help someone having a terrifying experience?
  37. How can we help people deal with trauma from bad trips?
  38. What differentiates bad trips which are useful and informative from those which are traumatic?
  39. What are the economics of the psychedelic business? What investment opportunities are available?
  40. What is the science of proper nutrition leading up to and during a psychedelic experience?
  41. Which psychedelics are safe to combine, and which are not?
  42. What are the effects of combining psychedelics with alcohol or other non-psychedelic drugs?
  43. What are best practices for psychedelic microdosing? For which types of activities is psychedelic microdosing practical?
  44. Are there people who should never use psychedelics?
  45. How does psychedelic use correlate with use of other non-psychedelic drugs? Does alcohol consumption decrease when psychedelic use increases?
  46. Does gender or sexuality fundamentally change the nature of the psychedelic experience? Is there a difference between what men typically experience on psychedelics and what women typically experience? How can we understand and characterize this difference?
  47. What are differences between natural and synthetic psychedelics?
  48. Are non-classical hallucinogens such as dissociatives(ketamine, pcp) and deliriants(datura) in any way psychedelic? How can we understand these drugs in relation to classical psychedelics?
  49. Are plants sentient and do psychedelic experiences on plant-based psychedelics have any relation to the consciousness of the plant itself? In any sense, is the psilocybin experience what it is like to be a mushroom?
  50. How can psychedelics be used to enhance social dancing?
  51. Which psychedelics are more conducive to social interaction? In any context can psychedelics be used in place of alcohol as a social lubricant?
  52. What is the most extreme case of the psychedelic experience? How far out is it possible to go and how can we understand this experience?
  53. How can we classify and understand different types of psychedelics experiences within a single framework?
  54. How should psychedelics be regulated?
  55. How can psychedelics be used for personal development / biohacking?
  56. How can psychedelics be used to enhance sex? Which psychedelics are most useful for this?
  57. What is purpose of a Bachelor's in Psychedelic Studies and what are the possible careers?
  58. What is the purpose of a Master's in Psychedelic Studies and what are the possible careers?
  59. What is the purpose of a PHD in Psychedelic Studies and what are the possible careers?
  60. Are actual psychedelic experiences a requirement to obtain a degree in psychedelic studies?
  61. How can we integrate psychedelics into the existing medical and mental health communities and what obstacles will we face?
  62. Who are the opponents of psychedelic legalization and what are their motivations?
  63. How does psychedelic culture transcend psychedelic drugs?
  64. Are psychedelics ever performance enhancing and in what ways?
  65. Do psychedelics reveal a transcendental cosmic perfection that overrides the usual good/bad dichotomy that fundamentally characterizes human life? Is there a sense in which the universe is perfect, and all problems are reconciled? Is the ultimate level of healing to realize that there are no problems at all?