Jessica is currently completing her masters in Medical Anthropology at McGill University and is the Executive Director of the Montreal Psychedelic Society. Her master's research explores the implications involved in shifting the paradigm around psychedelic substances. She is passionate about the ethics involved in integrating psychedelic healing modalities with traditional approaches like the Twelve Step program to manage mental illness and addiction. By connecting, educating, and engaging the community, Jessica hopes to facilitate the shifting narrative around psychedelic substances.
Why are you passionate about psychedelic-assisted healing?
I have always found there to be more potential for psychedelic substances than the way my friends were using them when we were teenagers. When I began reading Terrance McKenna, I realized that what the youth in the Western world were being told about these substances did not align with the way they had been used for thousands of years.
What do you believe is your gift to the universe?
To provide a sense of community to the psychedelic world and contribute to the collective knowledge regarding psychedelic substances.
Anything else interesting you’d like to share?
If we all contribute to this movement in our own eclectic ways, this psychedelic renaissance can become something truly beautiful. This is not just a medical movement. Along with medical research and clinical trials, we need policy, community, grassroots organizations, and education platforms to come together in order to ensure that this medicine is accessible to everyone.