JACKCHARLES ALLOCCA PHD

JACKCHARLES ALLOCCA PHD

JACKCHARLES ALLOCCA PHD

THROUGH HELL TO FIND HEAVEN. PHARMACOLOGY, THERAPEUTICS AND THE FUTURE OF SALVIA DIVINORUM

Salvia Divinorum (Salvia) is not a typical entheogen. It is known to cause distress, be panicogenic and most users only report using it once. However, the traditional prescribers of Salvia, the Mazatec of Mexico have been using it for millennia, and still strongly believe in the medicinal properties of this mysterious plant. Salvinorin A, the most researched among dozens of active psychotropic compounds present in Salvia, is truly exceptional, and the most selective and potent natural small molecule currently known. Recent studies have highlighted that Salvia and Salvinorin A can offer tangible benefits for depression and addiction. Moreover, committed users report growing past the overwhelming distress and describe how Salvia provides them with a gateway to the divine. I will characterize how one of the most counterintuitive of entheogenic experience can harness the power of self-healing in the brain, as well as powerful channels for mystical growth. I will also review how the pharmaceutical establishment has been observing Salvia closely, and with little publicity has been working on a variety of strategies to capture its secrets.

DR JACKCHARLES ALLOCCA is a Neuroscience Research Fellow in the Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics at The University of Melbourne. He hold a BSc in Pharmacology from King’s College London and a PhD in Neuroscience from The University of Melbourne. His research focus is on sleep science, artificial intelligence, psychedelic pharmacology and correlates of consciousness via electrical brain activity. He started his career working in pharmaceutical research investigating the effects of psychotropic and psychedelic substances on sleep mechanics. Since leaving industry he travelled over 50 countries, investigating the traditional and modern use of psychedelic medicines across South America, Polynesia and Papua New Guinea. He is also the inventor of "Somnivore", a machine learning platform for the automated classification of states of consciousness, deployed towards sleep research.