Upcoming Events & Webinars
The PAC “Industry Presents Series” Sponsored by Numinus: Psychedelic Therapy for Eating Disorders
The use of psychedelics, combined with psychotherapy, may be very effective in addressing hard to treat eating disorders. We will review relevant research, along with medical, legal and safety frameworks for psychedelic assisted therapy for treat eating disorders. We will also explore the therapeutic potential of altered states of consciousness and how psychedelic therapy could be integrated into conventional eating disorder therapy models.
June 15, 2023RSVP for this event
Past Events & Webinars
May PAC Networking Event
As a leader in the Psychedelic movement in Canada, the PAC embodies years of experience, knowledge and connections through our dedicated Board members, whose diverse backgrounds range from decrim, harm reduction, psychedelic integration and retreat curation.
Join three of our Board Members - Peter Gulka, Richard Kay & Jay Katz - along with fellow community members to dig into all facets of the psychedelic industry. Meet others from your local area, ask questions, interact and most of all have some fun!
Bring yourself, your curiosity and your open hearted connection to others to co-create a space where we all can thrive and learn from each other.
Hope to see you there!
May 25, 2023Watch the recordingTranscript
American Revolution 2.0: Decrim in North America
What Can We Learn from American Successes?
Canada has been leading the world in terms of governmental acknowledgement of psychedelics, though Australia and US jurisdictions are quickly making progress. Join the PAC to hear from US advocates for psychedelic access from the states of Colorado, Oregon and Washington. Oregon has legal access to psilocybin, Colorado has passed laws to come into effect in 2 years' time and Washington currently has a bill before state legislatures. What lessons can we learn and what advice can they give us?
March 23, 2023Watch the recordingTranscript
Thank You Plant Medicine Celebration and PAC Networking Event
Join us for a special interactive networking event where we celebrate "Thank You Plant Medicine Day" where you'll have the opportunity to meet one of the co-founders of TYPM and connect with our Board and incredible community, made up of people from across Canada who are passionate about psychedelic and plant medicines.
February 23, 2023Watch the recordingTranscript
Ayahuasca on the Global Front: News, Updates, Trials and Steps Forward
The legal framework with Ayahuasca has changed immensely in the past two years around the world. In Europe, Italy and France have scheduled Ayahuasca as a controlled substance.
Most recently, Jose Campos, an Indigenous medicine facilitator from Peru is facing trial for bringing Ayahuasca into Mexico for healing ceremonies and has been imprisoned since being detained on March 9, 2022. This occurred after the Mexican government assigned the Marines as the head of the Customs agency. Since Jose Campos's detainment, 7 other individuals have also been imprisoned for carrying Ayahuasca into Mexico, 3 of whom are also Indigenous. This important trial will set precedence for the rest of the individuals in custody, as well as the direction of legality of Ayahuasca in Mexico.
With these recent changes and charges, Natalia Rebollo, head attorney for Jose Campos' trial, as well as the coordinator of the Ayahuasca Defense Fund, a program of ICEERS (International Center for Ethnobotanical Education, Research, and Service), along with her colleague Jerónimo Mazarrasa, the Social Innovation Coordinator from ICEERS will be joining Salimeh Tabrizi, founding board member of the Psychedelic Association of Canada to discuss the most recent news on the legal cases of Ayahuasca as well as informing our community about the changes and steps forward.
February 17, 2023Watch the recordingTranscript
The State of Psychedelic Law 2023
2022 was a monumental year for positive action on Psychedelics in Canada.
Find out what Canada has done to become one of the leading nations in the world for (still too slowly for many) opening itself to accessible psychedelics.
Listen to top Psychedelics lawyers from across Canada discuss Marc Goldrub's newly released report: 2023, The State of Psychedelic Law.
January 26, 2023Watch the recordingTranscript
Alberta's New Psychedelic Therapy Regulations
Alberta has just become the first province to publish a regulation on psychedelics use in a therapeutic setting. Does their acknowledgment of the inevitability of psychedelic therapy as a healthcare modality outweigh the criticisms the new requirements have received from many within Alberta's psychedelic community?
Join leaders from the Psychedelics community in Alberta as they examine the much-discussed new Alberta regulations on psychedelic therapy, taking effect in January, 2023.
January 19, 2023Watch the recordingTranscript
Courtroom Drama: Therapsil - Taking the Government to Court to get Psychedelic Access for Patients
In a case reminiscent of David and Goliath, Therapsil, represented by lawyer Paul Lewin, is going to the Supreme Court on behalf of their clients to ensure vital access to psychedelic medicine for end of life patients.
Noted Canadian lawyer Paul Lewin has won many cases challenging drug laws in courts across Canada. His latest action is suing the government of Canada on behalf of Therapsil and its clients, to give end-of-life patients access to psilocybin without having to access this medicine through the many layered red tape of the Canadian government.
Also joining in this important conversation is Therapsil's Spencer Hawkswell and Human Rights Lawyer John Conroy (who also has many victories at the Supreme Court of Canada). Together they will update us on the progress of the groundbreaking case to get access to psilocybin for all Canadians.
Join us to show your solidarity with making psychedelic medicine a legal right for all in Canada!
November 24, 2022Watch the recordingTranscript
War Stories: Heroes Ethan Nadelmann and Deborah Small Ending the War on Drugs
Heroes Ethan Nadelmann and Deborah Small: Ending the War on Drugs?
Join Frontline heroes in the battle to end the War on Drugs – Ethan Nadelmann and Deborah Small.
Find out the consequences of one of the most ill-conceived policies of the modern age.
Learn about efforts and successes in the campaign to finally end the War on Drugs.
November 10, 2022Watch the recordingTranscript
Coming Out of the Psychedelic Closet
Coming Out of the Psychedelic Closet
An intimate discussion on the importance of storytelling in the cultural evolution of psychedelic access
We're all powerful storytellers with unique tales to tell, but how impactful can one story be?
Board member Dr. Pamela Kryskow sits down with Chief Storyteller and former PAC Executive Director, Cory Firth to discuss a new project that brings to light the significance of psychedelic storytelling at a time when it might be needed most.
November 3, 2022Watch the recordingTranscript
Women Lead the Way - Psychedelic Success Stories
Women Lead the Way - Psychedelic Success Stories
Meet the dynamic women leading the charge to make psychedelics understood and accessible across Canada. Hear about how women are making a difference and be inspired!
This informative and engaging event will be hosted by PAC's own Board Member, Francesca D'Ambrosio.
She will be speaking with some of the female leaders in the psychedelic sector:
Dr. Shannon Dames
Dr. Emma Hapke
& Erika Dyck
Join us to celebrate these amazing women and their "psychedelic success stories".
October 27, 2022Watch the recordingTranscript
Women Elders in Psychedelics: Science and Spirituality in Self-Discovery and Self-Care.
The internationalization of Ayahuasca and the current interest in entheogens and psychedelics for treatment and self-discovery bring challenges to professionals and participants alike. While licensed ritual use, research and clinical efforts are moving forward, there seems to be little knowledge available for the community at large regarding the experiences, and the potential awakening precipitated by non-ordinary states of consciousness (NOSC).
This presentation discuses the “maps” necessary for depth inner exploration, for these journeys require a broader cartography of the self and the unseen, transpersonal realms. We will address how in NOSC each person’s experience is unique, why issues such as boundaries, identities and ethics need specific attention, and how to wisely manage care of one’s body, soul, and spirit during the process of self-discovery.
October 6, 2022Watch the recordingTranscript
Exploring Legal Pathways - Accessing Psilocybin in Oregon: The Parallels with Canada
June 30, 2022Watch the recordingTranscript
Interactive Networking Event
with our incredible community, made up of people from across Canada who are passionate about psychedelic and plant medicines.
- Meet others from across the country involved in all facets of the psychedelic and plant medicine space.
- Share your personal experiences and create new friendships with like-minded and like-hearted new friends.
- Network with others who may be interested to learn about your professional services or businesses.
To get the MOST from this special event, you'll want to be sure to join us that day from a quiet environment (with your microphone and video on) so that you can interact easily with your hosts and other participants.
Join us live on April 28, 2022 and participate in the conversation!
April 28, 2022Watch the recordingTranscript
Jeff Sorensen - Breath Work
Join Jeffrey C Sorensen of breathARMY in discussing the valuable role breathwork can play alongside psychedelic therapies and the similarities between these two modalities in how they impact brain function.
Jeff will provide a brief history and description of techniques that can be useful and complementary in psychedelic therapy.
Jeff will also guide us in a relaxing yet revitalizing breathing session.
April 7, 2022Watch the recordingTranscript
Psychedelic Advances in the Treatment of Alcohol Use Disorder
MEAI (5-Methoxy-2-aminoindane) is a psychoactive molecule, exerting a euphoric alcohol-like experience & a reduced desire to consume alcohol. It shows a high safety profile in preclinical studies and a promising efficacy.
MEAI is believed to break the vicious binge-drinking cycle at the decision point to drink more alcohol, by potentially innervating neural pathways such as 5-HT1A that lead to “sensible behaviour”.
In this informational and education session, Adjunct Professor Mark Haden, VP of Business Development for Clearmind will discuss the history of MEAI and its classification as a psychedelic, the clinical trial pathway required for the molecule MEAI to become a treatment, and some of the preclinical data.
February 16, 2022Watch the recordingTranscript
Men's Work, Trauma Resolution & Psychedelics
Unprocessed trauma is the most significant yet often misunderstood roadblock to health and embodied wellness, underlying the vast majority of mental health, physical health, and addiction issues. In this webinar, we will cover the physiology of trauma—from how it shapes neural networks to its impact on our broader physiology, relationships, and society.
You’ll learn how to better understand trauma in your own body and life, how to support others, the impact of having an emotionally safe space with other men, and the power of psychedelics to help resolve traumas of all types.
If you’re on a healing journey, a therapist, an integration coach, a healthcare worker, a parent, or simply wish to grasp the vital relationship between trauma, psychedelics, and health, this webinar is for you.
January 25, 2022Watch the recordingTranscript
How mushrooms can save the world
Join our Executive Director Cory Firth as he sits down with special guests Dr. Pamela Kryskow and Paul Stamets for an intimate Q&A centered on the medicinal use of mushrooms in North America and how fungi can help the overall health of people and the planet.
December 9, 2021Watch the recordingTranscript
As interest in psychedelics has spiked in recent years, many people are referring to this boom as a “psychedelic renaissance”. Although psychedelics may have the potential to be an effective therapy for a variety of ailments, it is in everyone’s best interest to incorporate strategies for safe use, managed use, abstinence, non-judgement, and addressing conditions of use along with the use itself. This is where harm reduction, a set of practical strategies and ideas, comes in.
Join us for an informational webinar focused on understanding harm reduction and how it’s principals may be directly applied to psychedelic practices and therapy today! Our panel of professional nurses are ready to share their passion for harm reduction, why it is vital moving forward, and the current challenges with implementation.
December 1, 2021Watch the recordingTranscript
Trauma Resolution & Psychedelics
Certified Relational Somatic Therapist, Sasha Cuff will cover the physiology of trauma, how it impacts our physiology, relationships and society at large.
November 24, 2021Watch the recordingTranscript
Investments in the Psychedelic Industry
Join Sonia Stringer, Pam Kryskow and special guest Brom Rector to learn how to analyze psychedelics companies from an impact, ethical and financial perspective. We will discuss:
- An overview of investment and business opportunities in psychedelics
- How to evaluate if a company is a good investment (or not)
- How to critically evaluate if their medical and patent claims are realistic
- How to critically evaluate if they are improving the world in the spirit of these medicines
- How the best business models in psychedelics are also the most ethical
- What "the next wave" of psychedelic companies will look like
- Resources to assist you in your psychedelic investing journey
September 29, 2021Watch the recordingTranscript
First Responders and PTSD
First responders are there on the worst days or moments of our lives; they are there when we need them most. But, when our worst day becomes a first responder's worst and darkest moment over and over again, who is there for them? These experiences may unconsciously become a first responder's occupation stress injury or PTSD.
Join Dr. Pam Kryskow and 4 first responders: Mia, Carl, Scott and Amy as they discuss how psychedelics initiated and accelerated their road to recovery from the deep-seated occupational stress injury of PTSD.
September 22, 2021Watch the recordingTranscript
Canadian Psychedelic History Lesson with Erika Dyck
Join us as we dive into a historical look at Canada's psychedelic past, and look forward to the future of psychedelics, are we in a renaissance or flashback?
This event examines some of the historical Canadian trials with LSD, while it remained a legal substance, and considers how the drug and its supporters dealt with challenges, first from the medical community and later from political and moral authorities concerned about the abusive characteristics of the drug.
Our esteemed guest Erika Dyck is a Professor and a Canada Research Chair in the History of Health & Social Justice. She is the author of several books and is currently co-editing 'A Global History of Psychedelics' (under contract with MIT Press). Erika is also a Board Member of Chacruna Institute for Psychedelic Plants and Associate Director of Chacruna Canada.
July 14, 2021Watch the recordingTranscript
Frequencies for the Amazon
Join us for a live medicine concert and chat with sacred music artists using their voices to help raise money to protect the Amazon and give back to its Indigenous communities.
We'll be chatting about plant medicines, their creative process, and of course lots of beautiful music!
All funds raised for this event will be donated to the Rainforest Trust and local Indigenous communities in the Amazon. Donors from our community will be matching donations to amplify the impact so please donate if you can. Featuring East Forest, Yaima, Ixchel Prisma, Jerry Walsh, Little Whale, Chris Rodman, and Lindsay Thompson. More musicians to come... The event will be hosted by Pascal Tremblay from the CPA board.
June 30, 2021Watch the recordingTranscript
Decolonizing Minds: Education & Conversation
Join Canadian Psychedelic Association's Board Member, Jazmin Pirozek and Indigenous Advisor, Andrew Judge in a conversation about our human prehistory and the history of Canada as a country
Learn about Treaties and unceded territories, as well as the importance of the land in regard to autonomy.
Learn the importance of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's 94 Calls to Action and how we all can contribute to healing as a nation.
June 16, 2021Watch the recordingTranscript
Accessing Psychedelics in Canada: Exploring the Legal Pathways - Part 2
We are pleased to have our three lawyers who are well versed in the law, and psychedelics in Canada, return for another lively discussion about where we are at in Canada with making psychedelics and plant medicines legally accessible, and where it might go in the next few years. Last event our panel of legal advisors were so full of information and eager to share what they knew – which was a lot – we didn’t have time for your questions. We really want to hear from you – what is important to you to get clarity on? What do you wish to ask our illustrious panel? Let’s get started right away – we are open to receive your question(s) here ahead of June 2nd : email@example.com
June 2, 2021Watch the recordingTranscript
Healing Trauma with Psychedelics
Join Canadian Psychedelic Association board member and host Trevor Millar as he sits down with his friend and colleague Dr. Gabor Maté for an intimate discussion on trauma, psychedelics, and the state of the world.
May 12, 2021Watch the recordingTranscript
Music and psychedelics - Part 1
Music! Humanity's muse. Nietzsche once said that "Without music, life would be a mistake."
Music has the power to make us laugh, cry, dance, and ponder deep philosophical questions. It moves our soul, heart, and body as nothing else can, and sometimes, all at once. Music connects humanity across culture and time. Sounds can reach deep down into us and help move trauma around and engage our cells in a symphony of healing and insights across our emotional, logical, and spiritual bodies.
The latest scientific literature is promising when it comes to pairing psychedelic therapy with music to help us feel better. Data and research papers are increasingly digging deep into the science behind the breakthroughs possible. Indigenous cultures are way ahead in that department and have understood the healing powers of sound for a very long time as music is a core element of plant medicine ceremonies and other spiritual practices.
Join us as we explore the fascinating world of music, sound therapy, and psychedelics in a series of webinars on the subject. In the first episode, we will talk about some of the science behind sounds and their ability to affect our cells and body, using sound and psychedelics in a therapeutic context, the emotional language of music, music in a shamanic context with plant medicines, and lots more. And of course, there will be live music!
May 5, 2021Watch the recordingTranscript
Psychedelic Business Ethics - Starting the Conversation
The genesis of the Canadian Psychedelic Association (CPA) grew from discussions held by dedicated members of the psychedelic community on the ethical scalability of the psychedelic renaissance—now it is time to bring that conversation to the next level!
Are you involved with a psychedelic business in Canada? Are you curious about the ethical development of this industry? Do you want to offer your personal vision of where you see it going? Then please join us as we ask questions to spark conversations centred around ethical business practices, reciprocation, regulation, building a sustainable framework, and discuss the paths forward as this movement towards mainstreaming psychedelic therapies gains momentum. We are here to engage the community on this important topic and to support the courageous trailblazers in this modern psychedelic sphere who want to help as many people as possible, guided by a vision and principles that go beyond business as usual.
March 24, 2021Watch the recordingTranscript
Rocket ship from rock bottom
Join hosts and CPA board members Jazmin Pirozek and Trevor Millar as they deep-dive into the transformation that’s possible once someone hits their rock-bottom.
Rocket ship from rock bottom is a new CPA web series that highlights stories of ordinary Canadians who have used plant medicines and other transformational techniques to turn their lives around when everything seemed lost.
This week we’ll hear from two Canadian men as they share their stories of rock-bottom and the radical change that came afterward. Meet Steve Sobczak from Winnipeg and Allen Pencoff from Kenora in this inaugural episode of Rocket ship from rock bottom.
Have your own rocket ship from a rock-bottom story which involves a plant medicine or psychedelic substance that you’d like to share with the world? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, with subject: "Rocket ship” to share your story, and maybe we’ll feature you on an upcoming episode. Thanks!
March 17, 2021Watch the recordingTranscript
Accessing Psychedelics in Canada: Exploring the Legal Pathways
From the conversation around psychedelics, their efficacy, the potential benefits and possible concerns, plus the ever-increasing number of people publicly talking about their own experiences, you might think that in Canada our drug policies and laws have changed and that psychedelics are now legally available. Actually, that is not the case!
Join us for a lively discussion about where we are at in Canada with making psychedelics and plant medicines legally accessible, and where it might go in the next few years. What are the opportunities, and what should we be wary of? Is the incremental approach the way to go, or something more strident? We are pleased to have four lawyers who are well versed in the law, and psychedelics in Canada review the options.
February 10, 2021Watch the recordingTranscript
Decolonizing Drug Decriminalization Policy
Join Carlos Plazola and Larry Norris, the leaders of the US Decriminalization Nature movement, Pete Fry, city councillor in Vancouver, and Trevor Millar and Salimeh Tabrizi of the Canadian Psychedelic Association for an inspiring conversation on the recent successful wins in the US, the updates in Canada, including Mayor Stewart's recent motion to decriminalize all drugs in Vancouver and the lessons learned so far.
November 25, 2020Watch the recordingTranscript
Revolutionizing Mental Health - Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy
Psychedelic-assisted therapy is finding its way back into mainstream medicine. A psychedelic like medicine is being used by health care providers to address depression and PTSD. Roots To Thrive Ketamine-Assisted Therapy is a 3-month program that builds resiliency through an intentional community of practice, paired with ketamine-assisted therapy. This new mental health model places the community at the centre of the healing process. Furthermore, it is affordable, accessible, its impacts are far-reaching. On the webinar you will learn about Roots To Thrive Ketamine Assisted Therapy, the first of its kind in a Health Authority, led by a multi-disciplinary team of patient partners, therapists, MDs, RNs, an Indigenous Elder, and somatic energy experts.
November 16, 2020Watch the recordingTranscript
Cannabis, Cancer and Organic Cultivation
Join us in this timely conversation with Drs. Sunil Aggarwal and Leanna Standish from the Advanced Integrative Medicine Institute of Seattle, as well as herbalists and cultivators Kelly Dunn and Josh Sarvis, founders of the DEM Pure Organic Cannabis Certification and Dragonfly Earth Medicine for an in-depth look at how Cannabis and the endocannabinoid system support our health and well-being.
October 8, 2020Watch the recordingTranscript
Iboga and personal transformation - an MD's inquiry
An intimate conversation between Dr. Pamela Kryskow and three Canadians who have benefited from this treatment for their problematic substance use. Each of these women have very diverse backgrounds, yet all share the commonality of having been dependant on opioids and having found freedom through plant medicine and its highly potent capacity for healing. Join us live and participate in the conversation!
August 27, 2020Watch the recordingTranscript
Overcoming problematic substance use with ibogaine
Hear three personal stories of recovery from problematic opiods use facilitated by the powerful healing plant medicine ibogaine. Come join us and ask questions to our panel and chat with the community!
August 14, 2020Watch the recordingTranscript
The War on Drugs: the Origin and the Impact
A conversation with a diverse panel on the war on drugs. How have we gotten here? What is the future explored from multiple perspectives.
July 31, 2020Watch the recordingTranscript
National Canadian psychedelic town hall
Join volunteers and psychedelic societies in Canada for a collaboration and planning session. Get plugged into the movement and take action!
July 27, 2020Watch the recordingTranscript
Decrim: The psychedelics decriminalization movement in North America
Join Carlos Plazola and Larry Norris, the leaders of the US Decriminalization Nature movement and Trevor Millar and Salimeh Tabrizi of the Canadian Psychedelic Association for an inspiring conversation on the successful Decriminalization Nature Movement in the US. In Denver, Colorado, as well as Oakland, and Santa Cruz, California history was made by decriminalizing psilocybin mushrooms and all federal Schedule I psychedelics. Now nearly 100 cities are considering decriminalization. What will be next for the decrim movement? Will cities such as Chicago, Portland and Dallas be next? What does the Decriminalization Nature Movement in Canada look like and what is the latest news?
June 17, 2020Watch the recordingTranscript
An intimate conversation on mental health, addiction, and psychedelic plant medicines with Adrianne Robson and Trevor Millar
Join Adrianne Robson from the DOSED movie and Trevor Millar of the Canadian Psychedelic Association for an intimate conversation on mental health, addiction, and the healing power of psychedelic plant medicines. Adrianne's journey was documented in the award-winning film DOSED. What has happened since the film? How can plant medicine help with addiction and mental health? What is Adrianne's message to the estimated 50% of Canadians who will suffer from mental illness?* As well, hear more about the CPA and the national decriminalization campaign we have started. Tune in LIVE on Zoom, where Adrianne and Trevor will be fielding questions from the worldwide community. We look forward to seeing you there!
May 14, 2020Watch the recordingTranscript
Stepping into a New Reality: Psychedelic Wisdom
Connect with leaders in the psychedelic community as they share their perspectives on living in these times of global change and uncertainty. In this time of great uncertainty and isolation, it is important that we come together to put our current situation in perspective and to explore what lessons that can be drawn. Slowing things down and connecting with the deeper layers of our lives. What can psychedelics teach us in these times? What is the way forward? How do we align ourselves to the teachings that are increasingly needed in the world? It’s crucial that we take this opportunity to align ourselves with the teaching of the virus. Psychedelics are wonderful healing agents which encourage perspective and guidance.
April 15, 2020Watch the recordingTranscript
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