Welcome to The Entheos Foundation

The Entheos Foundation has been set up to raise funds for local research and education around the use of Psychedelics in medicine and psychotherapy. Currently, the team draws on expertise from various different disciplines such as psychiatry, neuroscience, criminology and pharmacology.

As well as being a funding base for research the foundation also hopes to inform the conversation around Psychedelics in New Zealand by providing the public with evidence-based, up-to-date information from local and international research regarding the potential benefits of Psychedelics in mental health outcomes.

We hope to change the perception of Psychedelics in this country removing existing social stigma so that people who are suffering in our community can access treatments that provide hope and healing in a safe and supported way.

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The Origins of Entheos

The Entheos Foundation was born of a collective passion for exploring the potential of psychedelics in therapy. In early 2018 Dr. Suresh Muthukumaraswamy of Auckland University reached out to Amadeus Diamond of Psychedelics New Zealand to collaborate on funding for Dr. Muthukumaraswamy’s trial exploring LSD micro-dosing at Auckland University. The two had differing approaches – Dr. Muthukumaraswamy being a scientist and researcher had a data-driven interest while Amadeus, as an administrator of a large community of lay-people had a more socially-driven interest. These complimented each other well and led to the introduction of Dr. Will Evans to the effort. Dr. Evans is also a researcher on the LSD trial and crosses both areas of interest with a medical anthropology background.

Simultaneously Amadeus was contacted by Mark von Nagy. Mark is an entrepreneur and all-around caring guy who had recently, along with his wonderful wife, been introduced to the potential healing benefits of Psilocybin in their home-away-from-home, Vancouver. Mark was introduced to the group with a vision of raising and expanding the discussion around psychedelics in New Zealand and was willing to do whatever was required to make that happen. With that, the core group of players was in place. There seemed a logical place for this group to take things.

During meetings with various professionals and advocates regarding the LSD trial, the multiple wide-ranging discussions gave rise to the concept of a local funding body to facilitate the ideas and vision they had been exploring together. There was precedent as Dr. Muthukumaraswamy had previously done work through the Beckley Foundation in the UK; there was passion as Amadeus had been moving toward this idea for nearly a decade as administrator of Psychedelics New Zealand; there was compassion as Dr. Evans’ background gave him a unique people-centric approach to psychedelics and there was know-how as Mark had working knowledge of companies and experience getting things done. Over the last 18 months the group has worked around their day jobs to bring each other into the light and develop a frame-work for The Entheos Foundation.

Now, The Entheos Foundation is an active organisation with members having helped the effort to fund and receive regulatory approval for the LSD microdose trial at Auckland University and progressed the public dialogue by speaking on many platforms such as the University of Auckland Winter Lecture Series in 2019, a half-day seminar at Victoria University in late-July 2019, Splore festival in 2019 and 2020 along with multiple media pieces over the last two years (which can be found here). As we move forward we hope to continue to push forward the conversation around Psychedelics, facilitate on-going research and inform the conversation around how drug policy in New Zealand affects these efforts. We have the science, passion and know-how to make real change in New Zealand. We very much hope you’ll join us!

Sending Onions: safeguarding your privacy with Tor.

Conversations about psychedelics are often a very private matter, especially in regards to mental health. Despite a renewal of research showing its benefits of these drugs, the legal status in New Zealand is nebulous at best. In light of this, discussions about psychedelics go hand in hand with privacy issues – specifically online privacy issues.

New Zealand is not immune from privacy breaches, whether its from our own government or corporations [1, 2, 3]. Matters get worse because many e-commerce companies fingerprint their customer and create user profiles. Your browser combined with your mobile phone (pc or laptop) provides a very precise ‘fingerprint’ of who you are online. Once you login to a site, companies can build a deeper profile of your habits since they have now captured additional data such as email, address and full name. For example, Google (via gmail) keeps your online purchase history  and has collected health data from millions of profiles without permission. Facebook is also no stranger to privacy violations.

Here is where the Tor project is of great value. Tor is a both a network and browser that allows users to browse the internet private to circumvent tracking, surveillance, and censorship. The Tor project was initially developed by the US Navy, but has been an open source project and a non-profit organisation since 2006. Finally, the Tor project is free and does not require an account to set up.

Tor is an acronym for The onion router – this describes how layered encryption is used to send data. Let’s have a look at how Tor keep users anonymous. Let’s say I am based in Auckland, and I wanted to reach a server is based in Munich. The first step that Tor does is establish a 3 random relay connections between your computer and the server based in Munich. In this situation, we establish a route through Lima, Atlanta, and Inverness before we decide to connect to the Munich server. It may look something like this:

After it establishes the connections between your computer and its destination, Tor grabs a key from each one of the connections. Here we see a red key for Lima, a green key for Atlanta, and a blue key for Inverness. Tor will create a padlock for that will require all three keys to open it. Your communications are nestled in this padlock:

Now we are ready to connect with the server! We send our communication through 3 layers of encryption. The red key held by Lima can unlock a part of the encryption. However, Lima still can’t read the message, because its encrypted by a green and blue lock. It forwards the message to Atlanta. Atlanta can unlock its part with its green key, however, it still can’t read the message because of the blue lock held by Inverness. The message forwards to Inverness. Finally Inverness can unlock the message, and has the information to connect with the Munich server

If the server then needs to connect back to Auckland, it follows the same process, but in reverse (Munich -> Inverness -> Atlanta -> Lima -> Auckland. These layers of encryption, like onion skins, have to be peeled back to reveal the message.

Once you have connected to the Tor Network you can use the Tor Browser to test your fingerprint. To see what your digital fingerprint looks like, visit https://www.deviceinfo.me/ and/or https://browserleaks.com/canvas. Below is the Browser Leaks comparison to my Tor Browser Fingerprint vs my IE Explorer Fingerprint.  The Tor Browser resists fingerprinting, while the IE Explorer fingerprint is unique by more 99%  amongst all other test profiles on record:

There is much more that Tor Project does, we recommend you read more of what this non-profit organisation does. For more information about how to safeguard your privacy online, please visit here.

Happy Browsing,

The Entheos Team