Earlier we already released a list of 10 great TED talks to watch stoned and 10 great YouTube channels to watch stoned, but the following list of 10 TED talks about drugs do in fact all talk about drugs.
1. Ethan Nadelmann
Why we need to end the War on Drugs
Is the War on Drugs doing more harm than good? In a bold talk, drug policy reformist Ethan Nadelmann makes an impassioned plea to end the “backward, heartless, disastrous” movement to stamp out the drug trade. He gives two big reasons we should focus on intelligent regulation instead.
2. Carl Hart (TEDMED 2014)
Carl Hart, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology at Columbia University, offers a provocative, evidence-based view of addiction and discusses how it should impact drug policy.
3. Johann Hari
Everything You Think You Know About Addiction Is Wrong
What really causes addiction — to everything from cocaine to smart-phones? And how can we overcome it? Johann Hari has seen our current methods fail firsthand, as he has watched loved ones struggle to manage their addictions. He started to wonder why we treat addicts the way we do — and if there might be a better way. As he shares in this deeply personal talk, his questions took him around the world, and unearthed some surprising and hopeful ways of thinking about an age-old problem.
4. Gabor Maté at TEDxRio+20
The Power of Addiction and The Addiction of Power
Canadian physician Gabor Maté is a specialist in terminal illnesses, chemical dependents, and HIV positive patients. Dr. Maté is a renowned author of books and columnist known for his knowledge about attention deficit disorder, stress, chronic illness and parental relations. His theme at TEDxRio+20 was addiction — from drugs to power. From the lack of love to the desire to escape oneself, from susceptibility of the being to interior power — nothing escapes. And he risks a generic and generous prescription: “Find your nature and be nice to yourself.”
5. The Dagga Couple at TEDxCapeTown
As far as we know, we were the first talk on a TED stage worldwide to speak about cannabis legalisation. It was a great honour to be asked to talk and we’ll never forget the moment we walked out on stage. It was terrifying. No podium, no auto cue…nothing. We are hoping we get enough interest in out talk to be elevated to TED.com and really get our message out to the world” Jules let The Stoned Society know.
6. Robert Rhatigan at TEDxABQ
Recovery- an alcoholic’s story & the reemergence of psychedelic medicine
Robert Rhatigan struggled with alcoholism for over ten years. When numerous attempts to overcome addiction through will-power and conventional treatment failed, he traveled to the Peruvian Amazon for treatment from local shamans. After four challenging ceremonies with a purgative, psychedelic plant medicine his desire for alcohol dissolved and a quest to understand his transformation began.
A New York City native, Rhatigan is a Research Scientist with the Geospatial and Population Studies Department at the University of New Mexico. He holds a Master’s Degree in Applied Geography from the University of Colorado and a Bachelor’s in Environmental Science from the State University of New York. After starting a career on Wall Street, Robert helped build a successful tech start-up, worked as an environmental consultant, published non-fiction writing and delivered mail for the US Postal Service. Sober and craving free for over four years, he still contends with an incurable case of wanderlust.
7. Virginia Wright at TEDxSantaCruz
Science Not Fear – Drug Policy and Medical Research
Director for the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelics Studies (MAPS) Virginia Wright makes the case for legislating drug policy based on science, rather than fear.
Virginia Wright has been working as a director for the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelics Studies (MAPS) since October 2011. Prior to her work with MAPS, Virginia was the Principal of Wright & Associates, a firm that provided strategic planning, marketing and fundraising services to nonprofit organizations. Virginia served as the Executive Director of the Santa Cruz County Symphony, and the Development Director of the Carmel Bach Festival, and KUSP radio. Virginia was an early employee of the Global Fund for Women, and co-founded the Soviet American Performing Arts Exchange. She has participated in two international movements that have helped change the world: citizen diplomacy and the woman’s movement. She believes that ending the drug war, and basing drug policy on science, not fear, is one of the next big shifts in thinking that will bring healing and freedom to millions of people. Virginia received her MBA from Santa Clara University, and her BA from SFSU in International Relations and Russian Studies. She danced professionally in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco, and currently dances for joy.
8. Josh Stanley at TEDxBoulder
The surprising story of medical marijuana and pediatric epilepsy
Josh will sift through the propaganda, fear and greed encompassing medical marijuana. Recently featured on CNN, Josh and his brothers developed a non-psychotropic strain of marijuana which is drastically reducing seizures for many pediatric epilepsy patients in Colorado. With millions facing life-threatening illnesses, Josh outlines the hurdles needed to effect social change and maps a path toward helping those who desperately need revolutionary medicine.
9. Roland Griffiths on Psilocybin at TEDxMidAtlantic 2009
Roland Griffiths, Ph.D., is Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Neurosciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. His principal research focus in both clinical and preclinical laboratories has been on the behavioral and subjective effects of mood-altering drugs. He is also currently a member of the Expert Advisory Panel on Drug Dependence for the World Health Organization.
10. Graham Hancock at TEDxWhitechapel
The War on Consciousness
You might have heard or seen this TED talk already. Graham Hancock’s TEDx talk was aired and later banned from the official TED YouTube channel. Graham Hancock talks about psilocybine, Ayahuasca treatment for hard drugs addiction, his 24 years experience with marijuana, the glorification of alcohol in the western part of the world and the ever intriguing mystery of consciousness.