Oxford Psychedelic Society
Welcome to the Psychedelic Society of the University of Oxford. We organise talks and events on medical research and public policy in psychopharmacology and psychedelic culture. Everyone is welcome! ♥
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Welcome to OPS!
Welcome message from our psychedelic president:
I’m so glad you’re here! A big welcome from all of us at Oxford Psychedelic Society; we provide a space for discussion and education on psychedelics, believing strongly in their huge potential for personal healing, growth and exploration. Not only do we organise super exciting talks and lectures where you can learn about some of the newest research on psychedelics, but we’ve also created a beautiful open-minded community where you can have the conversations you’ve always wanted but never found a place for in Oxford. Whether you’re a student or local resident, we want you to come and enjoy our events! Make sure you’re signed up to our mailing list so you don’t miss out on our newsletter, and stay up to date with us and our events on Facebook. I hope to see you in person soon at our events!
With infinite love,
Clara, OPS President 🍄✌
As founders and representatives of psychedelic societies across the globe, we assert that people have a basic liberty and freedom to responsibly use psychedelic substances: for healing, for growth, for fun, and for personal, collective and spiritual exploration.
We work to secure these rights in collaboration with allies within social, political and scientific institutions.
We support changes to existing national and international laws and governmental policies which would decriminalize and reschedule psychedelics, allowing for proper research and safe regulated access, to stop pushing people into clandestine practices and the risks of the black market and the penal system.
We resolve to change the cultural dialogue surrounding psychedelic substances to accurately reflect what is known, and steer it towards more productive and compassionate conclusions through education and information.
Like mushrooms emerging after the rain, the global network of psychedelic societies is rising up as a public forum and voice for all the people who appreciate psychedelics.
Things we do
We organise talks about the effects of psychedelia, medical applications and policy. We had the honour of hosting exciting speakers in the past:
James Fadiman, "Psychedelic Microdosing"David Nutt, "The New Psychedelic Revolution" [Video]Andy Letcher, "Magic mushrooms: past, present and future"Guy Goodwin, "A New Age for Psychedelic Drugs" [Video] Raphaël Millière, "Psychedelic science and consciousness"Robin Carhart-Harris, "Psychedelics, brain mechanisms, therapeutic potential"Dr Ben Sessa: MDMA as a treatment for PTSD [Video]
Throughout the academic year, we organise social events such as social gatherings and movie nights. Everyone is welcome!
Our biggest social event yet took place in June 2019. We organised the first OddBall, an alternative to the traditional college ball. A visionary summer celebration of the wondrous, the paradoxical, even the totally impossible. We had a fantastic day at the Isis Farmhouse, with art, workshops, fantastic costumes, and music. OddBall is a feast for the senses in the spirit of psychedelia, offering an opportunity to step out of everyday time and into an alternate world of possibilities. For more info see theoddball.org.uk.
Show your OPS love! We have psychedelic T-shirts, sweatshirts, buttons and posters. Our merchandise is proudly designed by one of the UK's most famous psychedelic artist Pinky Vision. We usually sell them after our events, and have a subset available in our webshop. Do get in touch if you're interested!
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Prof Guy Goodwin
Guy Goodwin is a professor at the Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford. His research interests include, among many others, the therapeutic potential of psychedelic drugs.
Check out this video of Prof Guy Goodwin talking about how LSD was discovered, why it became illegal and how psilocybin can help treat depression: "Psychedelic Drugs in Psychiatry".
Pinky Vision is a UK-based psychedelic artist, and we couldn't be more thrilled to have him as honorary member! He describes his art as "a surreal world where psychedelic skulls grin at radiating suns, apples go electric and owls get high". Most of the psychedelic art around OPS such as lecture posters and our amazing merchandise are designed by him. Learn about his art on his webpage pinkyvision.com.
Our previous psychedelic president Raven
OddBall Launch Party @ The Bullingdon
Summer Solstice celebrations at Stonehenge
Prof David Nutt with OPS swag
Ken & Lucian representing OPS ♡
△▽△ OddBall △▽△
As a student-run society, we rely on donations for ensuring the continued organisation of talks, events, and spreading of our message within the wider community.
If you like what we do and would like to support us, please consider donating to us via PayPal or BTC.