The Hopkins-Oxford Psychedelics Ethics (HOPE) Working Group Consensus Statement

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  • Edward Jacobs
  • Brian D Earp
  • Paul S Appelbaum
  • Lori Bruce
  • Ksenia Cassidy
  • Yuria Celidwen
  • Katherine Cheung
  • Sean K Clancy
  • Neşe Devenot
  • Jules Evans
  • Holly Fernandez Lynch
  • Phoebe Friesen
  • Albert Garcia Romeu
  • Neil Gehani
  • Molly Maloof
  • Olivia Marcus
  • Ole Martin Moen
  • Sandeep M Nayak
  • Tehseen Noorani
  • Kyle Patch
  • Gokul Raj
  • Khaleel Rajwani
  • Keisha Ray
  • William Smith
  • Daniel Villiger
  • Neil Levy
  • Roger Crisp
  • Julian Savulescu
  • Ilina Singh
  • David B Yaden
The first Hopkins-Oxford Psychedelic Ethics (HOPE) workshop convened to discuss ethical matters relating to psychedelics in August 2023 at the University of Oxford.

The organizers (BDE, DBY, EJ) aimed for a diversity of participant backgrounds and perspectives. The keynotes were given by an Indigenous scholar and a psychiatrist; other attendees included lawyers and ethicists, psychedelic scientists, anthropologists, philosophers, entrepreneurs, and harm reduction actors.

The workshop was organized out of a recognition that the field of psychedelics is at a pivotal point in its history: Research, clinical applications, and policy initiatives are quickly scaling up. The use of psychedelics is expanding, and the development of new systems governing their use is already underway. These changes are happening while substantial uncertainty remains, both about the effects of psychedelics and about the ethical dimensions surrounding their use. We recognize that there is a significant risk of harms, as well as potential benefits. Participants at the workshop discussed the ethical aspects of psychedelics, including research methods, clinical practices, history, law and society, spirituality, community, culture, and politics that arise in relation to psychedelics.
Original languageEnglish
JournalAmerican Journal of Bioethics
Number of pages7
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 2 May 2024

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