Critical Doses: Nurturing Diversity in Psychedelic Studies

Christine Hauskeller*, Claudia Gertraud Schwarz

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Journal article (peer-reviewed)Editorial


In this introduction to the thematic issue Critical Psychedelic Studies we argue that many and diverse critical analyses of psychedelic cultures and practices are needed to counter the current hype around the biomedicalization of psychedelic substances. The social sciences and humanities offer insights and methods to resist appropriation and to establish community based ethical practices. The assembled articles and book reviews indicate an urgency and vitality of research aimed at growing psychedelic cultures outside the medico-pharmaceutical complex, offering inter- and transdisciplinary perspectives. Critical psychedelic studies challenge hegemonial or colonizing knowledge practices in historical and contemporary psychedelic discourse. Bringing together insights from the different original contributions we reflect on power relations in the psychedelic revival. In this article we argue against field definitions and in favour of diverse and agile formations of consciousness and praxis. We provide critical ideas for deconstructing both the patriarchal colonial legacies and the contemporary power dynamics focussed on wealth creation that characterize today's psychedelic revival.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)697-711
Number of pages15
JournalInterdisciplinary Science Reviews
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 01 Dec 2023


  • biomedicalization
  • critical studies
  • decoloniality
  • feminism
  • hype
  • power relations
  • psychedelic revival
  • psychedelics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • History and Philosophy of Science


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