An Excavation of Modern Discourses on Psychedelic Substances: -

Boglárka Zsófia Kovács, Thor Stentebjerg Kruse, Wedad Dabbas Tømming, Daniela Negruta & Rasmus Gullaksen

Studenteropgave: Fagmodulprojekt


The purpose of this project paper is to attempt to identify the reason why the Controlled Substance Act passed by the 91st United States Congress and followingly enforced by the Drug Enforcement Administration is not in accordance with current scientific research done on psychedelic substances. This will be attempted by identifying and analysing the prevalent discourses surrounding psychedelic substances present in three different empirical cases: The D.E.A’s official Drug Fact Sheet, a televised debate between two prominent public figures on the discussion of the effect of LSD from the 1960’s in America and a recent scientific study on the potential to alleviate death anxiety in cancer patients using psychedelic mushrooms. Upon the examination of these discourses, it becomes clear that the Controlled Substances Act, and the discourse contained in it, remain unchanged and unchallenged since its establishment in 1970. Based on the findings of the analysis, several arguments as to why this is the case are discussed and concluding remarks are offered.

UddannelserKultur- og Sprogmødestudier, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor
Udgivelsesdato17 dec. 2018
Antal sider69
VejledereSusan Dawit Zekiros