Kenneth Tupper, Ph.D..

kenneth tupper

Kenneth Tupper, Ph.D.

Kenneth Tupper received his Ph.D. from the Department of Educational Studies at the University of British Columbia. He is currently doing research in the field of drug education and policy.

Tupper has presented at numerous conferences and has published academic articles in the International Journal of Drug Policy and the Canadian Journal of Education, including “The Globalization of Ayahuasca: Harm reduction or benefit maximization?” (2008) and “Entheogens and Existential Intelligence: The use of plant teachers as cognitive tools.” (2002)

Tupper is particularly interested in how policy makers should respond to re-emerging evidence of the therapeutic and other benefits of psychedelics or entheogens. After a period of quiescence for several decades, academic research on psychedelics has begun to pick up momentum and is already beginning to corroborate many of the positive findings initially generated in the 1950s and 1960s. These include not only specific medical indications for clinical disorders, but also broader psychological and/or spiritual benefits for healthy individuals. The globalization of the traditional Amazonian brew Ayahuasca presents a useful example.

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