Foundation to Psychedelic Pharmacology

This course aims to teach one the foundations of psychedelic pharmacology and discusses topics like neuroanatomy, neuropharmacology, and psychedelic neuroscience.

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  • All levels
  • Last updated Jul '23
  • English
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Course Description

The Foundation to Psychedelic Pharmacology course is a comprehensive and accelerated educational program designed to provide learners with the knowledge and skills necessary to navigate the world of psychedelic science. Developed by an experienced academician dedicated to researching and studying psychedelics, this course brings together a wealth of information that would otherwise take much longer to obtain. With the psychedelic research field rapidly expanding, this course aims to equip professionals and individuals with the necessary foundation to safely and effectively harness the therapeutic potential of psychedelic substances while avoiding past mistakes.

Covering a wide range of topics, the course modules delve into the fundamental principles of pharmacodynamics and receptor theory, pharmacokinetics and ADME, neuroanatomy, neuropharmacology of monoamines, serotonin, glutamate, GABA, opioids, as well as the specific pharmacology of phenethylamines and tryptamines. Learners will also explore the fascinating field of psychedelic neuroscience, including the impact of psychedelic substances on the default mode network and current neuroscientific models of drug action. With three knowledge assessments comprising over 50 questions, learners can test their retention and understanding of the course materials.

You will learn:

  • What is Bwiti?
  • Roles in Bwiti initiation/treatment
  • Instruments in Bwiti: ngombe, mogongo
  • What is an Nganga
    • Maboundi/Yombo
    • Maboundi/Yombo
  • Sustainability/reciprocity

You will learn:

  • History of the Fang tradition
  • Dissumba vs. Dissumba Fang
  • Ombwiri/Mbumbayano Fang
  • The kambo
  • State of Fang Bwiti in Gabon
  • Impact of Westerners coming to work with the sacred wood

You will learn:

  • History of the Missoko tradition
  • Various branches of Missoko initiation:
    • Miobe/Mioba
    • Ngonde Na Dipuma
    • Sengedia
  • The impact of logging on the tradition
  • What the future of Bwiti could look like in Gabon

You will learn:

  • History of Dissumba
  • Various branches of Dissumba initiation:
    • Abanji/Mabanji
    • Ilombo
    • Ombwiri
    • Ombudi
    • Loro
  • The ngombe (sacred harp)
  • Healing rituals involved in her tradition
  • Training to serve the wood
    • What does it involve?
    • How long does it take?




About Instructor

Tatayo (“Fruit of the Wind”) first arrived in Gabon in 1971 at the age of 21 and became a Gabonese citizen. In 1979, he became the first white person to be initiated into the Bwiti Fang tradition in Gabon. In 1994, he was initiated into the Misokko tradition. As a guide for numerous expeditions and missions, including those of National Geographic, the BBC, and others, Tatayo is considered to have “opened the door” to westerners in Gabon.

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Please see below for start and finish dates/times. This course is currently being offered live and dates/times will change throughout the year.


This course includes

  • Modules 9
  • Duration 9 Hours
  • Skills All levels
  • Language English
  • Availability Always
  • Certificate No
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