reviewer image Dr. Ben Sessa

Ben Sessa, MD, is a consultant psychiatrist in substance misuse, author, and honorary senior research fellow at the University of Cardiff. He has specialist training in child and adolescent psychiatry, and he works clinically with children, young people, and adults. In 2009, Dr. Sessa became the first person in the United Kingdom to be legally administered a psychedelic drug when he was injected with intravenous psilocybin by Professor Nutt at Bristol University. He has since authored peer-reviewed papers on the subject and enrolled as a healthy subject and study doctor in many further psychedelic drug trials with psilocybin, LSD, and ketamine.

Dr. Sessa is co-founder and chair of Breaking Convention, a psychedelic research conference, and he is currently coordinating Britain's first MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for PTSD study. In his 2012 book, The Psychedelic Renaissance, he describes the history of psychedelic drugs in medicine and outlines how they can be used for social and personal development. His aim is to tackle the stigma and outdated negative bias against the safe uses for psychedelics, which need to be carefully separated from harmful misuses of dangerous drugs.

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