Neurons to Nirvana

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NEURONS TO NIRVANA: A feature documentary about the resurgence of psychedelics as medicine. Through interviews with the world's foremost researchers, writers, psychologists and pioneers in psychedelic psychotherapy, the film explores the history of five powerful psychedelic substances (LSD, Psilocybin, MDMA, Ayahuasca and Cannabis) and their previously established medicinal potential.

Strictly focusing on the science and medicinal properties of these drugs. The filmmakers understand that this film touches on controversial territory but are committed in their belief in the message.  For the first time in two generations, the use of these drugs is not being presented as harmful or as self-indulgent, but as a rational and valuable addition to therapeutic practice.

Several well-respected researchers are conducting clinical trials to treat a range of afflictions: PTSD, addictions and the psychological stresses suffered by late-stage terminal cancer patients. The initial results of all these studies are remarkable.

The story extends beyond these trials however. Clients of licensed therapists are using psychedelics not as escape routes or addictive crutches, but in a quest for transformation, mental health, creativity, intellectual and spiritual enhancement and insight.

Meet the cast

Dr. Gabor Mate

Dennis McKenna, PhD.

Rick Doblin

Charles Grob

Jereny Narby

Stanislav Grof, M.D., Ph.D.

Professor David Nutt

Dr. Julie Holland M.D.

Dr. David Healy

Michael Mithoefer, M.D.

David Nichols, PhD

Amanda Fielding

Stephen Ross, M.D.

Ralph Metzner Ph.D.

Gillian Maxwell

Manuel Schoch

Michael Winkelman, Ph.D.

William Richards, Ph.D.

Kathleen Harrison

Roland Griffiths, Ph.D.

Wade Davis

Ingrid Pacey, M.D.

Chris Bennett

NEURONS TO NIRVANA: A feature documentary about the resurgence of psychedelics as medicine. Through interviews with the world’s foremost researchers, writers, psychologists and pioneers in psychedelic psychotherapy, the film explores the history of five powerful psychedelic substances (LSD, Psilocybin, MDMA, Ayahuasca and Cannabis) and their previously established medicinal potential. 

Strictly focusing on the science and medicinal properties of these drugs. The filmmakers understand that this film touches on controversial territory but are committed in their belief in the message. Giancarlo Canavesio (Founder/President) of Mangusta Productions states:“This is an extremely important film. We understand that it challenges the standard perception of the war on drugs but our aim is simple, to help alleviate human suffering." 

For the first time in two generations, the use of these drugs is not being presented as harmful or as self-indulgent, but as a rational and valuable addition to therapeutic practice.

Several well-respected researchers are conducting clinical trials to treat a range of afflictions: PTSD, addictions and the psychological stresses suffered by late-stage terminal cancer patients. The initial results of all these studies are remarkable.

The story extends beyond these trials however. Clients of licensed therapists are using psychedelics not as escape routes or addictive crutches, but in a quest for transformation, mental health, creativity, intellectual and spiritual enhancement and insight.

Meet the cast

Dr. Gabor Mate
Dennis McKenna, PhD.
Dennis McKenna, PhD.
Rick Doblin
Charles Grob
Jereny Narby
Stanislav Grof, M.D., Ph.D.
Stanislav Grof, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor David Nutt
Professor David Nutt
Dr. Julie Holland M.D.
Dr. David Healy
Dr. David Healy
Michael Mithoefer, M.D.
Michael Mithoefer, M.D.
David Nichols, PhD
David Nichols, PhD
Amanda Fielding
Stephen Ross, M.D.
Stephen Ross, M.D.
Ralph Metzner
Ralph Metzner Ph.D.
Gillian Maxwell
Gillian Maxwell
Manuel Schoch
Manuel Schoch
Michael Winkelman, Ph.D.
Michael Winkelman, Ph.D.
William Richards, Ph.D.
William Richards, Ph.D.
Kathleen Harrison
Roland Griffiths, Ph.D.
Roland Griffiths, Ph.D.
Wade Davis
Ingrid Pacey, M.D.
Ingrid Pacey, M.D.
Chris Bennett

Meet the filmmakers

Oliver Hockenhull

Oliver is an artist, screenwriter, communication theorist, stand-up philosopher, essayist and lecturer who works in film, video, hyper media installations, writing, and design. He taught at Northwestern University in Chicago and has presented at Universities in Canada, the US, and Europe. His films are visionary meals, spiced by an intimate, poetic, and enlightening perspective into the complexity of issues and subjects under examination. He has concentrated on pivotal subjects; an early film essay about political discourse and activism, the social and intellectual import of the eminent writer, Aldous Huxley, an experimental film essay on evolution that features Richard Dawkins (and the gorillas of the London Zoo), and an essay on the built environment and the binary code. Neurons to Nirvana is his latest film.

Mikki Willis

Multi award winning filmmaker Mikki Willis is a virtuoso of positive energy and talent that spans mediums. He has produced over 200 independent productions, ranging from network television shows and theatrical features, to music videos and viral media. September 11th, 2001 marked the turning point in Mikki’s life and career. Having been inside the twin towers just hours before they fell, he helped to organize and lead a group of civilians who risked their lives to aid rescue workers. On his return to Los Angeles he began laying the foundation for what is now one of the most respected movements to emerge from Hollywood. Mikki is currently the founding director of Elevate Films, Elevate Foundation, and Elevate Film Festival, which challenges the international film community to create works of social and global importance. Mikki Willis is the recipient of the 2008 Conscious Life Humanitarian Award.

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