Date of release: Monday, July 8, 2013

Dr David LukeThe role of psychedelic substances such as LSD in contemporary British medicine, politics, science, arts, society and culture, is the subject of a conference to be staged at the University of Greenwich.

Breaking Convention runs from Friday 12 July to Sunday 14 July at the university’s historic Greenwich Campus. It will see 130 speakers and 550 delegates from all over the world gather for an event which includes lectures, films, musical and multi-media shows.

Dr David Luke, Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the university and a founder of Breaking Convention, says: “The substances LSD, MDMA, psilocybin (found in ‘magic’ mushrooms), ketamine, ayahuasca, ibogaine and others are no longer restricted to small communities of recreational drug users. They are now back on the agenda in the UK as viable tools for treating mental health problems and for informing field of consciousness studies and spirituality.

“There is a resurgence in psychedelic research after a hiatus of about 50 years. Yale, Harvard and Oxford are all getting in on it and now, with this conference, the University of Greenwich can be at the vanguard. Hosting this is a major coup.

“As well as experts in the field of psychedelics we will be joined by Tom Lloyd, ex-police Director of Strategic Coordination at New Scotland Yard and Chief Constable of Cambridgeshire, who will tell the audience that the “War on Drugs” has failed and it is time to consider a new approach.”

Other speakers include former government drugs advisor Professor David Nutt, author Graham Hancock, whose books have sold over 5m copies worldwide, Professor Ralph Metzner, who worked on psychedelic research at Harvard University with Timothy Leary and Richard Alpert, and musician Nik Turner, formerly of space rock pioneers Hawkwind.

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