Mission

The Cognitive Freedom Alliance was created with the vision of an international network of people advocating for drug policy reform about psychedelics at the level of the United Nations.

The final goal is to reschedule psychedelics on national and international level, according with science and human rights. 

The way psychedelics are classified by the United Nations infringes a series of rights protected by national constitutions and international conventions.

We live in a time of unprecedented opportunities for change, education and cooperation. 

We want to build a network of stakeholders advocating for drug policy reform, envisioning a future where people can benefit of the potential of psychedelic medicines in legal and safe ways. 

This is the vision of the Cognitive Freedom Alliance.

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The concept of Cognitive Liberty

The explicit invocation of the right to cognitive liberty, and particularly the growing support it has enjoyed among the public, in academia and in the mainstream media, point to the recognition of a concept whose time has come.
— Is it time for a Cognitive Liberty Social Movement?

For many people the concept of Cognitive Liberty is not immediately clear. In the video below you can find a lecture given by William Montgomery entitled "Your right to Psychedelics: what is cognitive liberty and why does it matter?". 

For more information about the meaning of Cognitive Freedom, visit this link.

 

your right to psychedelics:

WHAT IS COGNITIVE LIBERTY AND WHY DOES IT MATTER?

by William Montgomery

Everyone agrees we should have the right to think and feel what we like. Most people believe that this is a right we have already won; that it would be impossible to take this right away from us. We are the the masters of our own minds, after all…

By explaining the concept of cognitive liberty and how it relates to drugs policy, I will demonstrate that our right to think what and how we like has been stolen from us by the global regime of drug prohibition and that in the case of psychedelics especially, we have become criminal trespassers in some of the most exciting, magnificent and awe-inspiring cognitive landscapes known to humankind.

I will go on to show the importance of making space for the concept of cognitive liberty in the drive for drug policy reform and argue that if we’re to achieve the types of reform we’re really aiming towards, the drug policy debate needs a new ideology, one which doesn’t just pave the way to a less bad world, but to a genuinely better world.

One which doesn’t stop at minimizing harms, but insists on the paramount importance of maximizing freedoms.


Past presentations

 

 Reschedule psychedelics

 Psychedelic Science 2017, Oakland, USA 

 Jonas Di Gregorio (Cognitive Freedom Alliance)

 

For more information about the documentary project "Reschedule Psychedelics", click here.


psychedelics and ungass 2016

The goal of this workshop is to unite those in favor of the right to use psychedelics and bring their voice to UNGASS 2016: the Special Session of the United Nations General Assembly on the World Drug Problem, that will take place next year in New York.

The first part of the workshop will focus on how people advocating for the right to use psychedelics can actively participate in UNGASS and other conferences where United Nations member countries will discuss the future of Drug Policy.

The second part of the workshop will focus on the manual "Doing Democracy: the MAP Model for Organizing Social Movements". This seminal book by Bill Moyer provides practical tools that can be used to structure a grass-roots Cognitive Liberty Social Movement, in order to build a future where psychedelics are regulated in a way that makes them available in a safe way for therapeutic and religious use.

Workshop/Panel at

Breaking Convention, London, UK - 11.07.2015

with

 Rick Doblin (MAPS), Teri Krebs (Emmasofia), Manuel Villaescusa (Plantaforma), Dario Giuffrida (Fuego Sagrado Association), Jonas Di Gregorio and William Montgomery (Cognitive Freedom Alliance)

Slides of the presentation at this link.



The right to control one´s own consciousness is the quintessence of freedom
— Richard Glen Boire


The Cognitive Freedom Alliance is a political organization promoting drug policy reform based on human rights, scientific evidence and compassion. 


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