Neşe Devenot on location at Dreamglade, an ayahuasca retreat in the Amazon. Photo by Tracey Eller / Cosmic Sister

Drug Research and Lived Experience
The Saturday Paper
by Jenny Valentish

Few researchers working with prohibited drugs such as heroin and psychedelics admit ‘inside knowledge’ of their use, but some argue that the culture of non-disclosure is irresponsible.

Neşe Devenot is a researcher of psychedelics at the University of Puget Sound in Washington state. She regularly references her own experience in published material, and in Psymposia magazine she advised fellow academics to “choose to be a psychedelic ally, rejecting the current state of the drug war while personally abstaining from psychedelic use”.

January 2017