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A New Understanding: The Science of Psilocybin

June 22, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm


Join the Oregon Psilocybin Society at Salem’s Historic Grand Theatre on Saturday evening, June 22nd, at 7:00PM, as we dive into psilocybin science and discuss Oregon’s 2020 ballot initiative to legalize Psilocybin Assisted Therapy. The evening begins with a screening of “A New Understanding: The Science of Psilocybin” – a powerful 53 minute documentary film by Robert Barnhart exploring the healing power of psilocybin in FDA approved research settings. The film is followed by special guests and a campaign address and Q & A from Sheri and Tom Eckert, architects and Chief Petitioners of the 2020 Psilocybin Service Initiative of Oregon.

Synopsis of the Film:

A New Understanding (running time: 54 minutes) explores the treatment of end-of-life anxiety in terminally ill cancer patients using psilocybin, the psychoactive compound found in “psychedelic” mushrooms, to facilitate deeply spiritual experiences. The documentary explores the confluence of science and spirituality in the first psychedelic research studies with terminally ill patients since the 1970’s.

Through the eyes of patients, their loved ones, therapists and researchers, the film examines the use of psilocybin in a controlled setting to reduce psychospiritual anxiety, depression, and physical pain. The treatment aims to help the patient understand that a ‘good’ death is possible, and to help the patient’s family deal well with the dying process.

Producer’s Statement:

“Through the vehicle of this film, compelling scientific research is communicated that may assist in changing the legality of psilocybin. Legalizing this medicine to make it available as part of a therapeutic practice to those people who can benefit from this treatment would mean accessibility for end of life patients to experience profoundly more positive states of being.

~ Robert J. Barnhart


June 22, 2019
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm


Salem’s Historic Grand Theatre
187 High Street NE
Salem, OR 97301 United States
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Oregon Psilocybin Society
(971) 502-9342