Working with Weirdness: A Response to "Moving Past Mysticism in Psychedelic Science"

ACS Pharmacol Transl Sci. 2021 Jul 16;4(4):1471-1474. doi: 10.1021/acsptsci.1c00149. eCollection 2021 Aug 13.


In response to a recent call to rid psychedelic science of the concept of mystical experience, we argue that acknowledging the varieties and weirdness of psychedelic experiences should be at the heart of any research program on this topic. We highlight the rich tradition and scientific tools for studying mystical-type experiences, their relevance for understanding the therapeutic effects of psychedelics, as well as the need for more diversity in the experiences and participants included in this research.