by | Oct 26, 2015

The Psychedelic Society of Germany wants to counterbalance the prejudicial attitude towards psycholysis (also as psycholytic, psychedelic or substance-based therapy). The central concern is the education about the controlled use of psychoactive substances like e.g. MDMA, LSD or psilocybin for the treatment of mental health problems.

Again and again it was claimed that there was no evidence for their effectiveness or that it was an outdated and outlandish idea from the 60s. In fact, the number of subjects who have undergone high-quality studies is too low to be sure that the use of psychoactive substances for therapy is effective. The lack of sufficient research, however, does not depend on the potential of this approach, but rather on the illegality and also a bad reputation of the substances that can be used. Researchers in German-speaking countries are usually too worried about their careers when they study this field. In addition, financial incentives are not available because the patents for the useful funds have long since expired.

But apart from the use of psycholysis in the psychotherapeutic context, there are applications of perceptual enhancement tools that can go beyond the treatment of mental disorders and can promote mental health. The prohibition of these special psychedelic agents has led to social aberrations and dangers, which must be countered by fact-based information on the mode of action and the proper handling.

Mission statement

1. The most important concern of the Psychedelic Society Germany is the information on the benefits and efficacy of currently banned psychedelics and entactogens like LSD, MDMA or mescaline in the context of therapy and self-exploration. This education should be carried out on the basis of personal experience and scientific research findings. The public discourse on the subject should be steered away from pathologization towards enlightenment. The research and documentation of experiences of these substances in the context described above should be promoted and published. In no way is the ill-considered and purely pleasure-oriented consumption of substances that are subject to the Narcotics Act advocated.

2. The substances that can be used for psycholysis are catalytic agents that can be used to deal with psychological conflicts in the context of psychotherapeutic treatment or the salutogenetic development of the human personality within the framework of self-reliant self-awareness, provided they are used correctly. Proper handling requires the creation of a suitable framework (set and setting) and diagnostic clarification (indications and contraindications).

3. The current use of these agents and their classification as drugs is inappropriate and misleading. Risk assessment should be based on scientific results rather than on political interests or moral attitudes. The prohibition creates an absurd situation: every person can freely acquire every substance anywhere, regardless of his or her state of health, age and without counseling and education. The criminalization of users is not likely to adequately protect their health. A (even partial) repeal of prohibition certainly can not solve all drug-related issues, but it could certainly eliminate the problems it created itself.

Note: The contents of this website partly treat health issues. They do not self-diagnose or replace professional medical or psychotherapeutic diagnoses. The contents of this page serve neither to trivialize possible negative consequences nor to glorify the uncontrolled use of psychoactive drugs. The Psychedelic Society Germany also does not call for illegal activities and dissociates itself in any way from the harmful consumption of psychedelics.

The use of psychoactive substances available on the black market poses a significant health risk and should not be promoted by the information provided. Nor should this educational work support the implementation of psychedelic underground therapies nor is the Psychedelic Society Germany accountable for the consequences of this information. People with mental disorders and acute crisis situations should consult a doctor, psychiatrist or psychotherapist to deal with their problems.

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