Martin Malec, MSc
Czech Psychedelic Society
Reintroducing formal psychedelics education to university
No Czech university offered any course or entire field of study related to psychedelics, although great psychedelic pioneers (Stan Grof, Milan Hausner and others) were of Czech origin and several conferences and hundreds of research papers related to LSD were done in the 1950s-1970s. Reintroducing psychedelics as a field of study to new students of medicine, psychiatry, or psychology is an important step to return psychedelic research and practice to academia and mainstream science. Czech Psychedelic Society developed a syllabus of a two-semester course on psychedelics taught by dozens of experts and managed to include it into the curriculum of 3rd Medical Faculty of Charles’ University in Prague. With an outstanding students’ feedback the second run has just stared in Fall 2019 and the Department of Psychiatry proudly advertises the course in their PR website for new applicants. New generation of students can now receive the state-of-the-art understanding of psychedelics and their risks and potential and begin immediately developing their research career or prepare for the inevitable – psychedelics-assisted psychotherapy once the clinical trials are over.
Obtained Master of Psychology in 2013 at Masaryk University in Brno, co-established Czech Psychedelic Society in 2015 and a member of the statutory board and executive board. Interested in the unique characteristics of salvinorin A, an atypical psychedelic. Author of the first vision to reintroduce psychedelics studies to a Czech university and author of this first draft of the syllabus, dream that came true two years later.