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Exploring Psychedelic Experiences: Reasons for Use and Long-term Effects (Survey)
    #27016218 - 11/01/20 07:54 PM (25 days, 56 minutes ago)

Hi there,

My name is Andrew McGahan and I am a researcher at the University of Canterbury (New Zealand) conducting a study on the effects of psychedelic use on individual’s self-understanding (i.e. insight into one’s own inner workings).

This survey explores reasons why people use psychedelics, different types of psychedelic experiences, various set and setting factors and their effect on psychedelic experiences, and the long-term impact psychedelics have had on people’s beliefs, behaviours, attitudes and world view. We understand this is a broad topic and this survey is but a small step towards a more systematic understanding of the psychedelic process.

All data gathered will be completely anonymous unless you choose to opt-in for a separate interview portion of this research project. If you decide to participate in the interview we would need an active email address to contact you. In this case your email would be linked to your survey responses. However, your identified data would remain confidential to the research team.

The purpose of the interview is to provide a more a detailed account of psychedelic experiences and their impact on you and your life. The interview is completely optional, and you can choose to remain anonymous and only complete the online survey (which is very helpful as well).

Rest assured, all published material would be completely anonymised in both situations.

The following link will take you to the official information page and consent form.

Psychedelic Experiences Survey

Thank you for your supporting psychedelic science!


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Re: Exploring Psychedelic Experiences: Reasons for Use and Long-term Effects (Survey) [Re: Inquisitive Kiwi]
    #27016294 - 11/01/20 08:48 PM (25 days, 2 minutes ago)

:smile:


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Re: Exploring Psychedelic Experiences: Reasons for Use and Long-term Effects (Survey) [Re: WhoManBeing]
    #27016330 - 11/01/20 09:06 PM (24 days, 23 hours ago)

Would you rather there be no research at all and keep these incredibly powerful tools banished from academic knowledge because "lol war on drugs, drugs bad!"

This research at least acknowledges psychedelics have some serious uses aside from "being those pills the kids these days take at raves and what those dirty hippies loved back in the day!"

edit: survey completed. Good luck with your work!


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Re: Exploring Psychedelic Experiences: Reasons for Use and Long-term Effects (Survey) [Re: jomanda1990]
    #27016345 - 11/01/20 09:20 PM (24 days, 23 hours ago)

:smile:


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Re: Exploring Psychedelic Experiences: Reasons for Use and Long-term Effects (Survey) [Re: jomanda1990]
    #27016447 - 11/01/20 10:23 PM (24 days, 22 hours ago)

Thanks for taking the survey, it's greatly appreciated.


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Re: Exploring Psychedelic Experiences: Reasons for Use and Long-term Effects (Survey) [Re: Inquisitive Kiwi]
    #27017249 - 11/02/20 11:48 AM (24 days, 9 hours ago)

Completed

feedback: i think you need some more definition/ clarity on the typical & peak experiences page..i wasn't sure if i was being asked how my experience was during the come-up and the peak. I guess I need to know what you mean by peak

good work!


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Re: Exploring Psychedelic Experiences: Reasons for Use and Long-term Effects (Survey) [Re: rustygrape]
    #27017601 - 11/02/20 03:09 PM (24 days, 5 hours ago)



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Re: Exploring Psychedelic Experiences: Reasons for Use and Long-term Effects (Survey) [Re: rustygrape]
    #27017829 - 11/02/20 05:37 PM (24 days, 3 hours ago)

Thanks for your feedback. On the questions that ask about typical and peak experience there is this description.

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Please rate the following phenomena based on the typical and peak intensity you have experienced them when using psychedelics.

Note: Peak intensity is the most intense amount you have ever experienced the following phenomena during any psychedelic experience.




You may have missed it, or do you think this description is not super clear about what is being asked? I was thinking I could bold and italicise the words "ever" and "any" to help emphasise the point that it's the most peakiest peaks ever experienced. Do you think that would help?

With the "typical intensity" I can see your point. Do I mean from beginning to end of the trip or do I have some specific period during the trip? I left that purposely vague because I'm asking across all experiences which is a very general and loosely held feeling already. To be even more specific about defining cutoffs like not including come up and come down and to give me "that" intensity I think is particularly difficult for people and it still has issues about interpretation (how to define when the come up ends and come down begins?). I think a question like that is best answered during or immediately following a specific trip as it's much more fresh.

I had considered just asking for the "average" intensity as that is a more well defined concept in general. If it had been asking the average do you think that would have helped clarify what I mean by typical intensity (I think of them as being very similar)?

I think the point about further defining typical and peak intensity you brought up is an interesting and worthwhile question though. However, because my project is looking at many areas related to psychedelic use it's hard to go in-depth on any specific area. I think of it like mapping a landscape and I'm picking out obvious large features without walking up to each one and inspecting in in minute detail. The distinction between the "typical" and "peak" is like noticing the difference between the typical or average mountain vs the tallest mountain.


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Re: Exploring Psychedelic Experiences: Reasons for Use and Long-term Effects (Survey) [Re: Inquisitive Kiwi]
    #27018019 - 11/02/20 07:08 PM (24 days, 1 hour ago)

your choice was clear to me,
after all, this is about the long term profiles
- so you get to examine and correlate data patterns against the baseline of years of exposure


I did not give follow up contact info, but did complain about the radio buttons, so if you have questions about my answers you can reach me here.


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Re: Exploring Psychedelic Experiences: Reasons for Use and Long-term Effects (Survey) [Re: redgreenvines]
    #27018608 - 11/03/20 03:19 AM (23 days, 17 hours ago)

I had a little play around with the survey. It seems like you can navigate all questions except two using just your keyboard. The only questions that don't seem to work are the two questions on mental health in demographics. The only reason I can see why they don't work is because they allow multiple choices. I'm not sure how I would fix that, as I do need allow multiple selections for those questions and it's a coding issue on Qualtrics side. But thank you for the feedback, I had literally never thought of accessibility for people who don't use mice or touchpads.


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Re: Exploring Psychedelic Experiences: Reasons for Use and Long-term Effects (Survey) [Re: Inquisitive Kiwi]
    #27018785 - 11/03/20 08:05 AM (23 days, 12 hours ago)

I had found that the radio button keyboard navigation by [tab] changes the radio widget value when it changes the widget selection, instead of just moving to the next radio or the next question.
How can one use the keyboard to get to the next question after making your choice???
(anyone with RSI, parkinsons, or other manual mobility issues will prefer keyboard navigation to mouse clicking, and anyone blind or cognitively disabled will be unable to work the pages even with assistive technology)

maybe there is a trick I don't know, but I have been working with accessibility for a few years...
Checkboxes usually let you change the value by hitting the spacebar, that would work better.
(basically the fail here is that the radio buttons are not grouped into a radio groups where [cursors keys] can select and [tab] moves to next group or question (and, as per usual, we expect [space] would flip the state of the radio/or checkbox control))

if [tab] changes the value at the same time as it moves the selection it is doing too many things, and at least one of them is wrong, so it is not keyboard compliant to wcag 2.0.

just saying.


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Re: Exploring Psychedelic Experiences: Reasons for Use and Long-term Effects (Survey) [Re: redgreenvines]
    #27019775 - 11/03/20 04:59 PM (23 days, 3 hours ago)

When I was testing it tab did not change the value selected. I first used tab to select the question and then used the arrow keys to select the answer then when I tabbed to the next one and it stayed the same. So I'm not sure why it was doing that for you? Did this issue occur with all the radio button questions or just ones that were in tables? Because Qualtrics has the option of a few different table formats. The the version of the matrix table I'm using are said to not be WCAG 2.0 compliant (didn't know this was a thing before) but side by side tables are. Which are essentially the same. I could change the tables to those I think without changing the overall structure and this might fix the problem if it was just with some tables and not all of them. But for me they worked without problems, so I'm not sure why they don't for you even on the WCAG 2.0 non compliant tables.


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Re: Exploring Psychedelic Experiences: Reasons for Use and Long-term Effects (Survey) [Re: Inquisitive Kiwi]
    #27019792 - 11/03/20 05:14 PM (23 days, 3 hours ago)

maybe, due to me using Firefox on the survey.


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Re: Exploring Psychedelic Experiences: Reasons for Use and Long-term Effects (Survey) [Re: redgreenvines]
    #27019817 - 11/03/20 05:31 PM (23 days, 3 hours ago)

works fine on Chrome, but Firefox needs mouse.

this question is broken for wcag, it actually swallows keys and freezes a non-mouse user.

I thought it was a radio buttons that were frustrating me, but they are checkboxes in a wrong configuration.

please check it out.





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Re: Exploring Psychedelic Experiences: Reasons for Use and Long-term Effects (Survey) [Re: redgreenvines]
    #27020311 - 11/03/20 10:08 PM (22 days, 22 hours ago)

I think I have solved the issue redgreenvines. I changed the "theme" of the qualtrics background and I can now tab through each option and select it. I have tested the matrix tables and they all seem to be working fine. I use chrome, so this might only be a firefox issue. Could you let me know if it's working on your side? Cheers and thanks for the feedback.


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Re: Exploring Psychedelic Experiences: Reasons for Use and Long-term Effects (Survey) [Re: Inquisitive Kiwi]
    #27020424 - 11/03/20 11:17 PM (22 days, 21 hours ago)

Chur buddha, all kiwi's should be in here doing this. All the best with your data collecting :bonghit:


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Re: Exploring Psychedelic Experiences: Reasons for Use and Long-term Effects (Survey) [Re: Blazer420]
    #27020779 - 11/04/20 06:46 AM (22 days, 14 hours ago)

retested with firefox and it works pretty well EXCEPT if you want to change a value that was set using spacebar, you have to grab the mouse, pressing [space] should toggle and in grids particularly - once flipped to selected, [space] does not un-flip it in a grid layout.
Otherwise now I can fly through the questions including the grids using keyboard only.


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Re: Exploring Psychedelic Experiences: Reasons for Use and Long-term Effects (Survey) [Re: redgreenvines]
    #27038989 - 11/14/20 04:13 PM (12 days, 4 hours ago)

After the paper is done pls share with us.


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Re: Exploring Psychedelic Experiences: Reasons for Use and Long-term Effects (Survey) [Re: Churchill_85]
    #27039933 - 11/15/20 05:43 AM (11 days, 15 hours ago)

Complete. Thanks for doing what you do and best of luck with your research.


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Re: Exploring Psychedelic Experiences: Reasons for Use and Long-term Effects (Survey) [Re: Churchill_85]
    #27039942 - 11/15/20 06:00 AM (11 days, 14 hours ago)

I shall make a point of sharing the thesis once the research is completed :smile:


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Re: Exploring Psychedelic Experiences: Reasons for Use and Long-term Effects (Survey) [Re: GreenHorns]
    #27039945 - 11/15/20 06:02 AM (11 days, 14 hours ago)

And thank you for providing your time and energy :laugh:. I couldn't do it without everyone else. This research is about psychedelic users for psychedelic users!


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Re: Exploring Psychedelic Experiences: Reasons for Use and Long-term Effects (Survey) [Re: Inquisitive Kiwi]
    #27040029 - 11/15/20 08:21 AM (11 days, 12 hours ago)

Done. Pretty enjoyable.


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Re: Exploring Psychedelic Experiences: Reasons for Use and Long-term Effects (Survey) [Re: Inquisitive Kiwi]
    #27041490 - 11/16/20 02:14 AM (10 days, 18 hours ago)

Completed, OP!

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Re: Exploring Psychedelic Experiences: Reasons for Use and Long-term Effects (Survey) [Re: Loaded Shaman]
    #27041584 - 11/16/20 05:33 AM (10 days, 15 hours ago)

For some reason it was saying my email wasn't valid at the end, so I couldnt register for followup. I completed it though


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Re: Exploring Psychedelic Experiences: Reasons for Use and Long-term Effects (Survey) [Re: Bob-cat]
    #27042344 - 11/16/20 03:34 PM (10 days, 5 hours ago)

Thanks a bunch!


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Re: Exploring Psychedelic Experiences: Reasons for Use and Long-term Effects (Survey) [Re: Loaded Shaman]
    #27042347 - 11/16/20 03:35 PM (10 days, 5 hours ago)

Thanks Loaded Shaman, it's very much appreciated.


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Re: Exploring Psychedelic Experiences: Reasons for Use and Long-term Effects (Survey) [Re: morrowasted]
    #27042352 - 11/16/20 03:40 PM (10 days, 5 hours ago)

Hey Morrowasted, I'm not sure why qualtrics would do that. I do have it set to validate for email addresses just in case people make a mistake but I don't know what error it thought it was detecting. If you like you can send me through your email by just emailing my uni email address (andrew.mcgahan@pg.canterbury.ac.nz) and I can put you down as a potential interview. If you wrote anything that in the text boxes that I could use to identify which response is yours I could link your email with your responses but just an email address is ok as well if you don't want to do that.


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Re: Exploring Psychedelic Experiences: Reasons for Use and Long-term Effects (Survey) [Re: Inquisitive Kiwi]
    #27043219 - 11/17/20 03:16 AM (9 days, 17 hours ago)

haha, you are right in there @InquisitiveKiwi. Cheers!


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Re: Exploring Psychedelic Experiences: Reasons for Use and Long-term Effects (Survey) [Re: NipFantasy]
    #27043272 - 11/17/20 05:31 AM (9 days, 15 hours ago)

Filled mine out :dancingbear:


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Re: Exploring Psychedelic Experiences: Reasons for Use and Long-term Effects (Survey) [Re: Sugabearcrisp]
    #27043941 - 11/17/20 03:11 PM (9 days, 5 hours ago)

Thank you Sugabearcrisp, very much appreciated.


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Re: Exploring Psychedelic Experiences: Reasons for Use and Long-term Effects (Survey) [Re: Inquisitive Kiwi]
    #27044799 - 11/18/20 03:56 AM (8 days, 16 hours ago)

Hey Inquisitive Kiwi,

I'm mainly asking for my own knowledge, but wouldn't interacting with your participants here on the shroomery (at least talking about the meanings of specific questions & whatnot) prevent blinding and have other potential issues with the validity of your study?

I'll bet the results won't be impacted either way but I also gather it would be included as a potential limitation that would be easy to avoid.

I obviously don't know how you have it set up and might be overlooking something but as an undergrad beginning to conduct research I'm curious what your thoughts are on this.

I definitely want to see the results once the study is complete!


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Re: Exploring Psychedelic Experiences: Reasons for Use and Long-term Effects (Survey) [Re: Inquisitive Kiwi]
    #27044806 - 11/18/20 04:06 AM (8 days, 16 hours ago)

Quote:

Inquisitive Kiwi said:
Thanks Loaded Shaman, it's very much appreciated.




You got it man we need more off-site stuff like this collecting data. Great work and thank you for sharing this with the community! :sunny:


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Re: Exploring Psychedelic Experiences: Reasons for Use and Long-term Effects (Survey) [Re: Rhizomorph]
    #27046715 - 11/19/20 03:50 AM (7 days, 17 hours ago)

Hey Rhizomorph,

Thanks for your question. Blinding should not an issue for this study as I am not trying to hide any experimental manipulations. It is solely exploratory and I am being upfront about all aspects of the study. What you read in the information sheet and post is what I'm interested in understanding. Blinding would be used if, for example I was trying to see how participants would react or change their pattern of answers based on a manipulation in something I presented to them (like an image, or presenting them with alternate scenarios). However, this is not the case so blinding is not an issue here.

In terms of the specific meanings of questions. I have looked through my replies I am assuming you are referring to the peak intensity vs typical intensity comment. In short I actually think responding to feedback about clarity improves validity rather than reduces it. I want most of my questions to be as clear as possible so in the early stages when I put the survey up it was worth tweaking wording to make it as clear as possible. This way the large majority of participants will see the more clearly worded questions and therefore can answer the question more accurately. The word "peak" is a common term in psychedelic/drug use and could have caused unnecessary confusion so I changed it based on that feedback. This would be a much bigger issue if I had done this halfway through. But this occurred within the first couple of responses and so the vast majority of responses is based on the (hopefully) improved wording. So any actual differences between how people would respond to either is a very small part of the overall sample. Also, this is just one question among many many questions. If it was the focus defining aspect of my study then a small tweak would matter a lot more as well. So yea, it can matter but in this case I think it's alright. But hey, that's just my subjective judgement others could disagree.

In general though, yes I think discussing the "meaning" of particular questions can cause issues. It constrains how people interpret questions and sometimes you don't want to do this. Especially because some will read this and some won't. In this case however, the more clear the better.

I would say that it's very hard to figure out how things I say could influence the results. There is so much natural variation between people that my expectation is any comments I make will just wash out in the "noise" of this natural variation. Any instructions that I think are/were important to include are directly in the survey to help direct people and clarify things (and even then people will not read these, or misread them).

You ask a good question though. My interaction and comments certainly have some effect. What that is is anyone's guess. Unless they cause some systematic bias in answering and we could know what this is it's pure speculation. Everything affects everything. Would I include this as a limitation? Potentially, but unlikely. It's really about considering what are the most impactful limitations that are worth mentioning in a study. Would I include replying to comments and saying thank you to people who say they've completed as a limitation? Arguably it's a positive as it shows appreciation and may motivate others to participate. So it could be biasing people to complete my study :laugh: which is what I want. Hopefully that gives you some sense of my thinking. Apologies for the long reply.


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Re: Exploring Psychedelic Experiences: Reasons for Use and Long-term Effects (Survey) [Re: Inquisitive Kiwi]
    #27047239 - 11/19/20 01:01 PM (7 days, 7 hours ago)

No need to apologize! This was a very thorough response and I appreciate it - I'm always looking to learn!!

The tricky thing about research in psychology is there are always so many interacting variables that could have different effects. It's no wonder there is a replication crisis going on. Still, I think you're right that for your study design blinding isn't needed and making questions more clear on the survey at the beginning makes sense. Especially if the research is just exploratory.

You make some very good points. Thank you for the response :grin:


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Re: Exploring Psychedelic Experiences: Reasons for Use and Long-term Effects (Survey) [Re: Inquisitive Kiwi]
    #27047913 - 11/19/20 08:01 PM (7 days, 49 minutes ago)

Completed. Can't wait to read the paper.


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Re: Exploring Psychedelic Experiences: Reasons for Use and Long-term Effects (Survey) [Re: Robiscuit]
    #27047964 - 11/19/20 08:40 PM (7 days, 10 minutes ago)

Done did it  :blazed:


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Re: Exploring Psychedelic Experiences: Reasons for Use and Long-term Effects (Survey) [Re: JonBa]
    #27049139 - 11/20/20 04:28 PM (6 days, 4 hours ago)

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Completed. Can't wait to read the paper.




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Done did it  :blazed:




Thank you Robiscuit and JonBa. I'm grateful for your help. I'll make of point of coming back to share the findings.


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Re: Exploring Psychedelic Experiences: Reasons for Use and Long-term Effects (Survey) [Re: Inquisitive Kiwi]
    #27054693 - 11/23/20 11:17 PM (2 days, 21 hours ago)

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I shall make a point of sharing the thesis once the research is completed :smile:




I'm very curious to read it! Thank you for this.


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Re: Exploring Psychedelic Experiences: Reasons for Use and Long-term Effects (Survey) [Re: Inquisitive Kiwi]
    #27056428 - 11/25/20 12:39 AM (1 day, 20 hours ago)

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Hi there,

My name is Andrew McGahan and I am a researcher at the University of Canterbury (New Zealand) conducting a study on the effects of psychedelic use on individual’s self-understanding (i.e. insight into one’s own inner workings).

This survey explores reasons why people use psychedelics, different types of psychedelic experiences, various set and setting factors and their effect on psychedelic experiences, and the long-term impact psychedelics have had on people’s beliefs, behaviours, attitudes and world view. We understand this is a broad topic and this survey is but a small step towards a more systematic understanding of the psychedelic process.

All data gathered will be completely anonymous unless you choose to opt-in for a separate interview portion of this research project. If you decide to participate in the interview we would need an active email address to contact you. In this case your email would be linked to your survey responses. However, your identified data would remain confidential to the research team.

The purpose of the interview is to provide a more a detailed account of psychedelic experiences and their impact on you and your life. The interview is completely optional, and you can choose to remain anonymous and only complete the online survey (which is very helpful as well).

Rest assured, all published material would be completely anonymised in both situations.

The following link will take you to the official information page and consent form.

Psychedelic Experiences Survey

Thank you for your supporting psychedelic science!




@inquistivekiwi Hey Andrew, I am doing a study on the psychological effects of mushrooms or various mental illnesses. I would love to discuss your work and if we may be of help to one another


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Re: Exploring Psychedelic Experiences: Reasons for Use and Long-term Effects (Survey) [Re: naturesgangster]
    #27058007 - 11/26/20 01:31 AM (19 hours, 19 minutes ago)

I'm happy to talk to you about your project naturegangster. Maybe you can email me (andrew.mcgahan@pg.canterbury.ac.nz)?


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Re: Exploring Psychedelic Experiences: Reasons for Use and Long-term Effects (Survey) [Re: Inquisitive Kiwi]
    #27059092 - 11/26/20 07:00 PM (1 hour, 50 minutes ago)

That was a fun survey. It was good for taking stock of my psychedelic experiences. Good luck with your research!


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