Plants as Psychoactives and Medicines: Touring Allen Centennial Gardens

On a sunny, fall day in Wisconsin, the “Psychedelic Pasts, Presents, and Futures” Borghesi-Mellon working group teamed up with the Allen Centennial Gardens to host an event where participants were exposed to the role of plants as the basis of psychoactives and medicines. Specifically, those who attended were given the opportunity to learn about and interact with tobacco, poppies, catnip, cannabis, salvia, morning glory, castor bean, wormwood, and numerous medicinal plants in the Hmong Garden. The event was facilitated by Dr. Lucas Richert, Amanda Pratt, and Reba Luiken, and each specific plant was overseen by a faculty member, staff member, or graduate student who offered educational information on the plant, including Reba Luiken (Allen Centennial Gardens), Ryan Dostal (Horticulture), Shelby Ellison (Horticulture), Lucas Richert  (Pharmacy), JJ Strange (History), and Isaac Zaman (Horticulture).

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Call for Contributing Editors at Points

Points has opened applications for five new Contributing Editors to join the team.

Contributing Editors are required to conceptualise and author eight blog posts per year, between 750-1500 words on matters regarding drug and alcohol history and/or contemporary drug and alcohol cultures. For this, each Contributing Editor receives an annual honorarium of USD 500.00.

Points would like to take this opportunity to expand the diversity of content shared on the blog, and encourage that applications for Contributing Editors are from individuals who are able to write informed posts which specifically address drug and alcohol histories/cultures of one of the geographical regions outlined below:

  1. Africa
  2. America, specifically regarding Native American/Native Indian drug or alcohol cultures
  3. Australasia
  4. East Asia
  5. Europe (including UK or Ireland).
  6. Middle East
  7. South Asia

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Call for Papers: ‘Regulating Reproduction in the History of Pharmaceuticals and Drugs’

History of Pharmacy and Pharmaceuticals, the official journal of the American Institute of the History of Pharmacy (AIHP), is pleased to announce a call for papers for a special issue: “Regulating Reproduction in the History of Pharmaceuticals and Drugs.” Guest editors for the special issue will be Dr. Kelly O’Donnell of Yale University and Dr. Lauren MacIvor Thompson of Kennesaw State University.

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Psychedelic Pasts, Presents & Futures Roundtable

The University of Wisconsin-Madison’s School of Pharmacy is hosting a Roundtable on September 27, 2022 as part of their “Psychedelic Pasts, Presents & Futures series“. In this hybrid roundtable, titled “Psychedelic Baselines,” a group of interdisciplinary panelists with different types of “psychedelic expertise” will discuss their research and recent activities.

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