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Forget Burning Man — Psychedelic Shamans Now Heading to Davos

A container of psilocybin mushrooms. 

A container of psilocybin mushrooms. 

Photographer: James MacDonald/Bloomberg
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Welcome to the Dose. Sure, Davos has always sought to raise global consciousness — addressing topics like food scarcity and climate change. But psychedelic drugs? These substances are still illegal in most places. Finding out that influential shamans and companies will present in Davos in parallel with a gathering of the World Economic Forum inspired me to take a look at what the industry has to gain from a platform with the global elite. 

The World Economic Forum, a gathering of the global elite now synonymous with the quaint Swiss town of Davos where it’s held, isn’t the usual place you’d expect to find a shaman, do breathwork or get rooted in your body.