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Support for legislative changes to allow access to treatment procedures that utilize psychedelics.
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DO YOU FEEL THERE ARE BARRIERS LIMITING THE RESEARCH AND UTILIZATION OF PSYCHEDELICS IN MEDICINE? WOULD YOU LIKE TO SUPPORT THE CLASSIFICATION OF PSYCHEDELICS AS ACCESSIBLE FOR MEDICAL PRACTISE? WILL YOU SUPPORT OUR ACTIVITIES FOCUSED ON LEGISLATIVE CHANGES TO MAKE PSYCHEDELIC-ASSISTED TREATMENT AVAILABLE?

To this day, psychedelics are classified as banned substances with no medical use, even though their therapeutic potential is very promising.

Today’s Czech legislation is not consistent with a smooth addition of psychedelics into therapy practise.

By donating to the PSYRES foundation, you support the steps necessary for legislative change, which will lead to access to this form of treatment and progress in the public’s view of psychedelics’ significance and potential.

Among the activities we focus on, there is legal analysis, legislative proposals, and discussions with legislators.

We believe that with you, our efforts will bring significant changes in this area.

Changes in legislation supporting the availability of treatment

Existing global results of scientific studies show an overwhelming potential of psychedelics in treating mental disorders and improving quality of life. 

Psychedelic research was intensively progressing in the 1960s. Even back then, scientists tried to examine the potential of psychedelics as a means of treatment for many different diagnoses. They focused on ways psychedelics could be utilized in the treatment of people addicted to alcohol, for patients with post-traumatic stress disorder, for treatment of anxiety and depression in patients with terminal illness, and for many others. It seemed that psychedelic research was on the way to fulfill the promises and expectations. However, tumultuous social developments during that time brought many problems, which later showed to be fatal for this field of scientific discovery.

The declaration of the “War on Drugs” in 1971 by the American president Nixon not only brought a complete ban on the use of most psychoactive substances, but it also meant the withdrawal of much of the prospective research. That was done with regards to no relevant data which would suggest a need for such legislation. The UN classified psychoactive substances, which included all psychedelics, as drugs with no medical use. The Czechoslovakian Republic implemented these recommendations into its legislation system, although it was one of the latest countries to cancel their psychedelic research itself in 1974.

Psychedelics can be found on the list of banned substances with no medical use to this day, even though their therapeutic potential is more than promising.

Today’s Czech legislation is not consistent with a smooth addition of psychedelics into therapy practise. We believe, however, that our patient and persistent efforts are bringing positive changes in this field as well.

By donating to the PSYRES foundation, you are supporting the steps necessary for legislative changes, which will lead to access to this form of treatment and progress in the public’s view of psychedelics’ significance and potential.

Among the activities we focus on, there is legal analysis, legislative proposals, and discussions with legislators. Moreover, our aim is to organise educational events.

Your donation will help reach the following goals:

  • Support of activities aiming to gain the ON ECOSOC status (advisor status), which will allow us to bring the topic of the potential medical use of psychedelics to UN assemblies (for example: the Commission for Narcotic Drugs; CND).
  • Support of expert legislative, political, and economic analysis in the field of psychedelics (for example: economic impact of psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy, the UN 1961 Convention analysis, monitoring of global legislative changes in favour of adding psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy to the healthcare system, etc.).
  • Support of organising events with government representatives, experts (researchers, doctors, lawyers, members of medical associations, representatives of state departments, and institutions, etc.), and legislative change sympathizers.

Support for the involvement of Czech researchers in activities connected to the legalization of treatments utilizing psychedelics in institutions in the European Union. 

The size of the budget will depend on the activities.

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