Conference Appearance

Boom Festival - CryptoPsychedelic: The Intersections of Psychedelic Science and Blockchain Technology

Matt McKibbin, Mareesa Stertz, Joel Dietz, Liana Gillooly, & Mike Margolies


Filmed July 24, 2018 at Boom Festival, Portugal

Filmed at Boom Festival 2018


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Psychedelics have been changing the world for a long time already. Right now, cryptocurrency and blockchain are the biggest game changers. Where do these worlds intersect? How can they support safe, ethical treatment, accountability, and responsibility? Mike Margolies, Mareesa Stertz, Liana Sananda Gillooly, Matt McKibbin, and Joel Dietz attempt to answer these fundamental questions.

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How are psychedelic medicines revolutionizing mental health care? How are cryptocurrency, blockchain, and decentralization changing money and more? And where do these worlds intersect?

Join us as we explore how these communities can work together to ensure a brighter future and achieve common goals. What are the new possibilities in research, innovation, and community building? What are the potential benefits and risks associated with each technology, and what is the role of intention and context (i.e., set and setting)? How can cryptocurrency help fundraising to end harms of the drug war and advance psychedelic therapy? How can blockchain be used to support safe, ethical treatment, accountability, and responsibility? What is the appropriate role of government regulation in crypto and drugs?

How do these two powerful technologies and their respective communities mirror one another? We'll dive into issues of diversity and inclusion with respect to leadership and access to the benefits and explore what a decentralized post-prohibition world looks like.

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Matt McKibbin is Cofounder of CryptoPsychedelic and DecentraNet.


Mareesa Stertz is the producer and host of the documentary series, The Healing Powers (of Psychedelics and Other Mindful Practices).


Joel Dietz is Cofounder of Swarm, the Ethereum Silicon Valley meetup, and EtherCasts.

Liana Sananda Gillooly is Development Officer at Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) and former Outreach Manager for The Arcview Group.

Mike Margolies is Cofounder of CryptoPsychedelic, Founder of Psychedelic Seminars and Baltimore Psychedelic Society, and former Codirector of Psymposia.

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