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New Study on Psychedelics & Intimacy Recruiting Couples

February 14, 2024 | Consciousness & Psychedelics

The intersection of psychedelics, sex, intimacy, and pleasure has long been a topic that ignites curiosity among many. Probably as old as humanity itself is our innate proclivity for exploring the unknown, seeking pleasure, and cultivating deep connections with one another. Whether it be through recreational use or sacred ceremonies, psychedelics can heighten our somatic awareness and facilitate profound moments of interconnection with others. 

To learn more about this potent topic, a new study by Imperial College London aims to delve into the intricate dynamics of how these substances influence individuals’ relationships with their partners, encompassing aspects ranging from intimacy and attachment styles to sexual experiences.

The Psychedelic Couples Study 

Are you planning to ingest a psychedelic substance or attend a psychedelic retreat with your romantic partner and want to help with psychedelic research?     

A pioneering research project led by Imperial College London, the Psychedelic Couples Study, invites romantic partners to embark on a journey together, delving into the psychological effects of substances like MDMA, psilocybin mushrooms, ayahuasca, LSD, ketamine, and 2C-B. This study aims to uncover the potential impact of these substances on everything from intimacy to attachment styles and sexual satisfaction. 

Couples who choose to participate in this online study are asked to enter the planned date of their psychedelic experience, enabling researchers to track the effects over time. The study design includes questionnaires administered at various intervals: one week before the experience, within hours before, two days after, four weeks after, and three months after. These questionnaires aim to provide insight into how the psychedelic experience influences the dynamics of the relationship.

One of the most intriguing aspects of this study is its intended emphasis on shared experiences. While individuals can complete the study alone, couples participating together offer a unique perspective. One member of the couple must enroll in the study first before receiving a unique link to share the study with their partner. 

Psychedelic experiences have long been associated with profound personal insights and spiritual awakenings. However, their potential to enrich romantic relationships is a relatively unexplored territory. With this study, researchers aim to shed light on how these substances may influence aspects such as trust, vulnerability, and emotional intimacy within romantic partnerships.

Click here to know more and sign up.     

Participate in the study

Artwork: “Ego Death” by Stella Stryzowska


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