Psychoactive Pharmaceutical Investigation

The Psychoactive Pharmaceutical Investigation Master's program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is a program that trains students to become leaders in the rapidly expanding field of psychoactive pharmaceutical research.

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Course Description

The Psychoactive Pharmaceutical Investigation Master's program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is a program that trains students to become leaders in the rapidly expanding field of psychoactive pharmaceutical research. The program is designed to deliver an online learning experience and is taught by expert instructors active in psychedelic and cannabinoid research.

The curriculum connects chemistry and culture, equity and ethnobotany, and phenomenology and pharmacokinetics to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the scientific, regulatory, and societal frameworks surrounding the application of psychoactive pharmaceuticals. Upon graduation, students will hold a gold-standard academic credential that demonstrates their mastery of the unique pharmacologic and physiologic considerations for CNS drug development and delivery projects, laws and regulations, and ethical principles surrounding the application of psychoactive pharmaceuticals, and the historical pressures, current challenges, and cutting-edge discoveries that will shape the future of psychedelic and cannabinoid research.

The course can be taken in one year, but up to three years, and confers 31 (costly) credits. The fall deadline is June 30th; the spring deadline is October 31st.

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?

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Tatayo

Instructor

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.

$46500

This course includes

  • Modules 12
  • Duration 1 Years
  • Skills Graduate
  • Language English
  • Availability Cohort
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