MAPS Canada hosts many events throughout the year, including webinars featuring leading experts from around the world, and our monthly Journal Club series featuring presentations and Q&As with psychedelic science researchers. Find out more about our upcoming events or watch past events!

UPCOMING EVENTS

MAPS CANADA JOURNAL CLUB

A free online event where academics discuss their latest research in psychedelics.

June 2, 2022 - 5:30 PM EDT

Speakers: Dr. Adrian Hase, Université de Fribourg Department of Medicine and Arsenii Prozorov, University of Montreal

FREE

About Dr. Hase’s research

Psycholinguistic analysis of psychedelic substance experience reports
We compared the linguistic effects oxf different psychedelic substances (Ayahuasca & DMT, ketamine, LSD, MDMA, psilocybin mushrooms) and antidepressant drugs by comparing psycholinguistic variables based on 2947 Erowid reports about recreational use experiences with these substances. The outcomes were word category frequencies derived from LIWC2015 and semantic similarity to the OAV scale and Hood’s M scale derived from latent semantic analysis. We found distinct effect profiles between different psychedelic substance report groups and a contrast between psychedelic and antidepressant substance reports. The presentation will elucidate the precise nature of these differences.

About Dr. Hase
Originally from Northern Germany, I obtained a BSc Psychology (2013) and a Research Master (MSc, 2015) in Behavioral and Social Sciences at University of Groningen, Netherlands. I wrote my doctoral dissertation at the University of Essex (UK) about the biopsychosocial model of challenge and threat in motivated performance situations (2019) before working my first postdoc job at SWPS University in Poznan, Poland. Since 2020, I have been working in the lab of Prof. Gregor Hasler at the University of Fribourg (Switzerland), where I research stress-related disorders from a biopsychosocial perspective. As I am very interested in psychedelic substances and their therapeutic potential for clinical psychological problems, I was excited to start a side project with Prof. Hasler and other colleagues on the linguistic differences between different groups of psychedelic substance reports.

ABOUT MAPS CANADA JOURNAL CLUB
The MAPS Canada Journal Club is a monthly event for the academic discussion of psychedelic studies, founded by students at the University of Toronto, McMaster University, and Queen’s University. Our goal is to democratize psychedelic science and make information accessible to people from all backgrounds.

WHEN: 8:00 pm ET, the second-to-last Thursday of each month
WHERE: Meetings are held on Zoom
WHO: Anyone with an interest in psychedelic science and research, anywhere in the world, is welcome to attend.
WHAT: Each Journal Club session is one hour to ninety minutes long, and features typically two speakers (15 – 20 minutes each) followed by an open Q + A.

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Episode 3: Improving Access to Psychedelics as Medicine

June 22, 2022 - 5:00 PM PDT

Speakers: Dr. Valorie Masuda, Dr. Pamela Kryskow, Dr. Shannon Dames, Dr. Lindsay Farrell, Roots to Thrive

Moderator: Scott Bernstein

$20 or by donation

Please join us for the third in MAPS Canada’s exciting, new four-part webinar series featuring leaders in psychedelic medicine, research, and drug policy from Canada and around the world.

We’ll be discussing how current Canadian policies affect access to psychedelic medicine, and how together we can drive change to create an equitable, safe, and rights-based system for psychedelics in Canada.

Episode 3: IMPROVING ACCESS TO PSYCHEDELICS AS MEDICINE
MAPS Canada has partnered with the groundbreaking Roots To Thrive Community of Practice based in Nanaimo, BC, on and in partnership with the Coast Salish Territory of the Snuneymuxw First Nation and Vancouver Island University. We’ll discuss its innovative model and programs, and the results being reported by patients.

SPEAKERS:
Dr. Lindsay Farrell
Dr. Shannon Dames
Dr. Valorie Masuda
Dr. Pamela Kryskow

MODERATOR:
Scott Bernstein, Executive Director, MAPS Canada

FULL WEBINAR AND SERIES INFORMATION HERE

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Episode 4: The Future Of Canadian Legal Regulation Of Psychedelics After The War On Drugs

July 20, 2022 - 5:00 PM PDT

Speakers: Zara Snapp, Institutio Ria; Steve Rolles, Transform; Ismail Lourida, MAPS

$20 or by donation

Please join us for the fourth in MAPS Canada’s exciting, new four-part webinar series featuring leaders in psychedelic medicine, research, and drug policy from Canada and around the world.

We’ll be discussing how current Canadian policies affect access to psychedelic medicine, and how together we can drive change to create an equitable, safe, and rights-based system for psychedelics in Canada.

EPISODE 4: The Future Of Canadian Legal Regulation Of Psychedelics After The War On Drugs
The War on Drugs has failed and cost an immeasurable toll in lives, public health, and money.
Is legal regulation of drugs for all uses a sensible alternative? How does regulation differ from decriminalization? How can legal regulation improve public health and equity and promote human rights? How do we create a system of legal regulation based on equity and justice? 

Join MAPS Canada’s Executive Director and founder of the Regulation Project Scott Bernstein as he welcomes global experts Zara Snapp of Instituto Ria, Ismail Lourido Ali of MAPS, and and Steve Rolles of Transform for a conversation on the ins-and-outs of legal regulation and some possible models for regulating psychedelics.

SPEAKERS:
Zara Snapp, Institutio Ria
Steve Rolles, Transform
Ismail Lourida, MAPS

MODERATOR:
Scott Bernstein

FULL WEBINAR AND SERIES INFORMATION HERE

THE CANADIAN PSYCHEDELIC SUMMIT

Hollyhock Leadership Institute - Cortes Island, BC

August 5 - 10, 2022

Hosted by MAPS Canada and Hollyhock, the Canadian Psychedelic Summit is the first in a series of annual gatherings that will bring together leaders across sectors to explore a vision for psychedelics in our nation centered around equity and ethics.

We offer a supportive environment to have the challenging conversations facing our field. Beyond envisioning the future of psychedelics, together participants will co-create how we wish to do this work, inviting a community of shared commitments and accountability.

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