Dr. Erika Dyck
Canada Research Chair in the History of Medicine
University of Saskatchewan

Psychedelic substances fell from medical grace nearly half a century ago, but recent activity suggests that some researchers have ‘high hopes’ for their return. The psychedelic renaissance, if there is one, remains plagued by competing interpretations of effective drug regulation, ethical experimentation, and the role of spirituality in medicine. This presentation examines the political and medical history of psychedelics and considers how those past lessons might apply to the psychedelic renaissance in the age of evidence based science and drug policy.

Dr. Erika Dyck is the author of: Facing the History of Eugenics (2015); Psychedelic Psychiatry: LSD on the Canadian Prairies (2012); Managing Madness (2017); The Uses of Humans in Experiments (2016).