Sidney Smith Hall, Room 2102
University of Toronto
January 20th, 2018

Join us for a symposium with six speakers presenting their latest findings on microdosing and different states of consciousness, including Jim Fadiman*, Sophia Korb, John Vervaeke, Dan Greig, Rotem Petranker and Thomas Anderson. * Jim Fadiman will join us by webcam. The speaker profile is now available!

earlybird and student tickets are now available

A psychedelic renaissance has been unfolding over the last 20 years. Hundreds of scientific papers have been published on the cognitive, behavioural and therapeutic effects of LSD, MDMA, psilocybin and Ayahuasca. The majority of these studies use high doses, which tend to elicit ‘mystical experiences’ fairly reliably. It is the occurrence of such experiences that happen to be predictive of lasting positive outcomes from the use of psychedelics in therapeutic settings. However, there is another method for psychedelic use that is relatively unexplored; microdosing.

Microdosing refers to the use of psychedelics in sub-perceptual doses (meaning the effects aren’t explicitly noticeable) for cognitive and performance enhancing purposes. This is said to enhance creativity, insight, cognitive flexibility and improve mood. This symposium will bring academics together to begin an exploration of the phenomenon of microdosing, how it might work, and the relationship that the proclaimed benefits bear to the mystical experience inducing qualities that psychedelics are so well known for. Featuring a diverse array of speakers from data-driven perspectives to philosophical and theoretical foundations, join us to learn about the full range of psychedelic experiences from microdosing to mystical experiences.


About the organizers:
This symposium is the result of collaboration between:
Toronto Psychedelic Society is a community of academics, artists, health professionals, students and anyone interested in psychedelics.

Psychedelic Speakers is a project of the Toronto Psychedelic Society, bringing important voices from the psychedelic community into the mainstream by webinar. Videos of our events can be found on Youtube.

Students for a Sensible Drug Policy is a grassroots network comprised of youth and students who are concerned about the negative impact our drug policies have on individuals and communities. We work on local, national and international levels to promote sensible drug policy, increase harm red reduction awareness, and disseminate evidence-based educational resources.

Psychedelic Science Interest Group: We are a team of early career psychiatrists and PhD students in doing research on the benefits and drawbacks of microdosing psychedelics in the community.  Contact:

Symposia organizers take a harm reduction approach to promote accurate information, education, and safety. We do not encourage or condone the purchase, sale, transfer, or use of any illegal substances; nor partaking in any unlawful activities related to illegal substances. Please do not bring, buy, sell, transfer, or arrive on any illegal substances, or swap information on how to acquire them at any of our events.