LSD, Psilocybin, MDMA, Ayahuasca and Cannabis. For so long these powerful psychedelic substances have been seen as harmful or self-indulgent. But recent clinical trials by well-respected researchers have been treating a range of afflictions, including PTSD, addictions and psychological stresses suffered by late-stage terminal cancer patients. Could their use be a rational and valuable addition to therapeutic practice? Could they play a role in helping to alleviate human suffering? Strictly focusing on the science and medicinal properties, and through interviews with the world’s foremost researchers, writers, psychologists and pioneers in psychedelic psychotherapy, the film explores the history and medicinal potential of the famous five.
Director Oliver Hockenhull in attendance
Oliver is an artist, screenwriter, communication theorist, stand-up philosopher, essayist and lecturer who works in film, video, hyper media installations, writing, and design. He taught at Northwestern University in Chicago and has presented at Universities in Canada, the US, and Europe. His films are visionary meals, spiced by an intimate, poetic, and enlightening perspective into the complexity of issues and subjects under examination. He has concentrated on pivotal subjects; an early film essay about political discourse and activism, the social and intellectual import of the eminent writer, Aldous Huxley, an experimental film essay on evolution that features Richard Dawkins (and the gorillas of the London Zoo), and an essay on the built environment and the binary code. Neurons to Nirvana is his latest film.