People ask me why I do this the way that I do. The most straightforward answer is that I am in a unique position living within two communities which allowed me to see an important need that no one was filling.
I am a member of what some people might call the "Party Community". We go to Burning Man every year and spin fire. We get together for other unique community events like Bicycle Day and we embrace musical and artistic expression of all kinds. We also are just a microcosm of the greater world community. We have members who suffer from Depression, Anxiety, PTSD and other crippling disorders and many in this community turn to medicines that actually many still consider to be street drugs. Turning to these medicines without the proper medical oversight can lead to many more problems.
Additionally, my formal education is focused on mental health. I am seeing that current mainstream approaches to treatment simply don't work for a large percentage of people. There are alternative approaches, many of which were being studied decades ago, that showed great promise but fell out of favor because and were made illegal to research.
Due in great part to the tremendous societal impact of untreated or under-treated mental health issues, we are seeing a resurgence of private sector-funded studies, following government guidelines, advancing alternative medicinal approaches involving substances like MDMA, LSD, Psilocybin, Marijuana, and other psychedelic and dissociative substances that when properly applied and coupled with psychotherapy are showing unprecedented promise for people that are suffering.
So I'm part of a community that needs help, where many people are ostracized for turning to substances that another community is actively pursuing as solutions. My goal is to connect these communities thru events where everyone is welcome and comfortable, where people can get educated, and together both communities will build awareness and get people the help they need. It’s as simple as that.