Psychedelic Mystical Experiences with Dr Sam Gandy

  • Thu 2nd Feb 2023, 7pm – 9pm UK time (UTC +00:00)
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Mystical or peak experiences are commonly considered as being among the most profound and meaningful events of a person’s life. 

While these experiences may occur spontaneously rarely, psychedelics have become well known for their capacity to reliably occasion them. Research has revealed the importance of these experiences in predicting long-term positive outcomes in people who undergo them. 

Work has also highlighted a range of different factors that may act to either block or support the occurrence of these experiences under psychedelics. Set and setting, drug dosage and type, trait absorption, states of surrender and acceptance, music, meditation, and nature-based settings may all be conducive to the occurrence of mystical experiences under psychedelics. However such experiences require sensitive and tender handling to be beneficially integrated, and certain practices may help bolster the benefits one may experience in the wake of them.

Join Dr Sam Gandy as he digs deeper into predicting and potentiating factors of having a peak experience under psychedelics.


Dr Sam Gandy

Sam Gandy PhD is an ecologist and research collaborator at Imperial College London, with a lifelong fascination with nature and wildlife. He has been fortunate enough to conduct field research in various parts of the world, reaching as far as Texas, the Peruvian Amazon and Ethiopia, as well some locations a little closer to home. He has worked previously as Scientific Assistant for the Beckley Foundation, which actively seeks to investigate the effects of psychoactive substances on the brain and consciousness in order to harness their potential benefits. Currently, Sam is working with the Psychedelic Research team at Imperial to uncover the capacity of psychedelics to (re)connect our increasingly disconnected species to nature, for the potential betterment of humanity and the biosphere at large. Sam currently works at the Synthesis Institute designing individually tailored nature-based practices for people undergoing psilocybin therapy for depression.



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