Natasja with Maria Carvalho: on Psychedelic Emergency Services, Adult Cannabis Regulations and Harm Reduction

Maria Carmo Carvalho, Natasja Pelgrom* (Editor)

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Maria Carvalho was born in Porto, Portugal, in 1976. She got an undergraduate degree in psychology at the University of Porto in 1999, finished an MSc in psychology in the field of addictions in 2004, and got her Ph.D. in psychology at the University of Porto in 2015. She is currently an assistant professor at the Faculty of Education and Psychology at the Catholic University of Porto, where she’s been lecturing since 2005. She has been a clinical psychologist accredited by the Portuguese Bar of Psychologists since 2016. She is Vice-President of the International Center for Ethnobotanical Education Research and Service (www.ICEERS.org), and she has coordinated Project Kosmicare at the Boom Festival since 2010. She is a founding member of the Kosmicare Association, an NGO that advocates for full-spectrum evidence-based harm reduction and psycare in recreational environments. She is currently involved in projects concerning nightlife and sexual violence, the therapeutic potential of ayahuasca, and adult cannabis regulation.

In this episode, Maria Carvalho discusses:

Maria’s personal journey why she studied psychology and her journey towards psychedelics
Portuguese Drugs Law – drugs are decriminalized and drug testing is legal
Adult Cannabis Regulations
Therapeutic potential of psychedelics
Maria’s own healing from trauma and depression through her Ayahuasca journey
There is a before and after a psychedelic experience
Her role at ICEERS (Ethnobotanical Education Research and Service)
Kosmic care, Maps, and Zendo project their interconnected collaborations
The unique care and drug education that is needed at festivals
Inner-city drop-in for service, intervention, and integration that is needed in major cities, like the Kosmic care in Lisbon
Harm reduction
Original languageEnglish
Typepodcast
Media of outputpodcats
Publication statusPublished - 3 Mar 2021

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