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Santiago Alonso González

Speaker Bio

Santiago Alonso González graduated business school at the University Anahuac, Mexico  City in 2015. He has served the Wixárika Nation over the past 10 years with legal and spiritual matters. In the years of 2013-2016 he also assisted them in the renovation of their sacred sites, alters, and holy places. Now, Santiago serves as a main translator and bridge between the Wixárika Nation and the modern world on behalf of this project and the preservation of land, medicine, and culture in Wirikuta.

ICPR 2024 Abstract

The (de)colonization of psychedelics

Theoretical Background and Rationale: Traditional contexts of psychedelic use have often been attenuated simultaneous to the wider social uptake of these substances in the west. Many scholars, practitioners, and indigenous medicine holders have stressed the necessity to preserve traditional insights and contexts even as their medicines have taken on new forms. As the psychedelic industry develops, many are wary that new legal, economic, and social paradigms could eclipse or undermine traditional uses.

  1. Research Question and Hypothesis: This panel will ask what constitutes colonizing practices of psychedelics and what are their effects? We hypothesize that certain constraints and conditions exist that have evolved out of generations of psychedelic use that cannot be separated from certain formal and unquantifiable elements of community and ecology without remainder.  

  2. Methods and Analysis: Through investigating various forms of use, we look at charges of appropriation and epistemicide, and the monetization of traditional ecological knowledge to the latter’s detriment, through ethnographic, case-based methods, and reviews of contemporary and historical literature.

  3. Main Findings: Integrated ways forward include a moratorium on patents, declaring these substances and their derivatives global patrimony; allocating profits to preserve indigenous land (e.g., preserving the home of peyote in Mexico from silver mining), and retaining certain ritualistic elements that emerged historically with psychedelics.

  4. Conclusion: Indiscriminate decontextualization of psychedelic substances from their contexts – biological, ecological, psychological, and social – runs the risk of undermining the wellspring which makes them efficacious, rendering them as one more tool in the pharmaceutical lineup.

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© 2007-2024 ICPR by OPEN Foundation, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
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