Voice Diaries

From time to time, I'll stop by here with a short message to let you know how the next episode of the podcast is progressing, or if there's a new or interesting development in the field of psychedelic-assisted mental health therapy. 

Voice Diary 5: 28 May 2018

Psychedelic medicine is likely to become legal and mainstream in some parts of the world in less than a decade. One form is already legal and being practised here in South Africa. But until all forms are legal, many South Africans will continue to seek out this medicine in the underground community. In the interests of harm reduction, this Voice Diary looks at how to put a responsible medical support structure in place for those who are going to try this medicine regardless of its illegal status. It also considers how the medical community can start gearing itself up for when the medicine becomes legal. 


Voice Diary 4: 5 March 2018

Ibogaine, the potent psychedelic from west-Central Africa, opens the door for psychedelic-assisted therapy in South Africa, and sets a precedent for how psilocybin should be regulated here if the courts decide to make it legal for medical use. 

A quick guide to the Medicines Control Council of South Africa' scheduling for medicines. 

Drug scheduling in South Africa: psilocybin, the hallucinogenic compound found in magic mushrooms, is listed as a Schedule 7 substance, meaning it is an illegal drug, like heroin. Ibogaine is a Schedule 6, meaning doctors can prescribe it for medical use. 





Voice Diary 3: 8 November 2017

The audio of a PechaKucha talk which Leonie gave on 7 November in Cape Town. You can see the film version on the YouTube channel.  

Voice Diary 2: 21 October 2017

A summary of how psilocybin-assisted therapy could be introduced into the public mental health system in South Africa, should psilocybin be legalised or decriminalised here. 

Voice Diary 1: 11 October 2017

Introducing the idea of the occasional Voice Diaries, to let people know what's happening behind the scenes, and when to expect future episodes.