Roadmap of Blossom

"Roads?! Where we're going We don't need roads!!!" - Dr. Emmett Brown

Painting in the psychedelics field

Mapping, understanding, connecting

Blossom was founded with the mission to make information about psychedelics more widely available. To this purpose, this website and other projects aim to spread knowledge about psychedelics far and wide.

The ultimate goal is seeing psychedelics being widely available for the treatment of mental health disorders and assistance of self-development. It's our understanding that this field will revolutionize how we both help people, and expand our knowledge of the world.

We aren't there yet. When Van Gogh was painting the Almond Blossom, he had to start at the trunk of the tree. From there he could work his way up the branches, ending at the blossoming flowers. Blossom also has to start at the trunk, working our way up to fill in the beautiful details as we progress.

Please use this page as a place to look at our draft book, our sketches of future branches and eager possibility. The branches are not set in stone. So do send us an email to shine your light on future developments.

You can now also vote on (and suggest) which blogs we should write next.

Now, onto the sketching pad.

March - April 2021

Epistemic status: highly likely

Blossom Analysis

  • Finish the database
  • This entails adding the whole backlog of papers. This won't (ever) mean that all psychedelics papers are in the database, but that most important ones are. After this is done, I can also look how to collaborate with others on sharing this data and making it useful.
  • Continue with updates & blogs
  • Between four and five times per week Blossom Analysis will be updated with the latest research. The work on providing more context with top 10 blogs has also started and wil continue.
  • Add 3 more 'Psychedelic and ...' pages
  • These pages will serve as a perfect starting points if someone is interested in this field. They will be similar to the current one on creativity, but will probably have more interactive features and an option to download the page (and support the website by doing this).

Psychedelics Courses

  • Promote featured/highlighted option
  • This way I can devote more time to this (side-)project and add more features like credits and other data about the courses and update it more frequently.
  • Publish monthly newsletter
  • The newsletter that highlights psychedelic courses (and which new ones are on the horizon) will go out at the start of March.

PsychedeliCards

  • Make & Print Design
  • Design basic version and print design for beta testers.
  • Start promotion of side-project if it's a go
  • This depends if I can devote enough time to make this a success. The cards feature interesting questions that you can ask yourself (and friends) when having a (recreational/at-home) psychedelic experience. The promotion would entail sharing the process of making them, the ideas behind them, and preparing for an April 14th launch.

January - February 2021

Blossom Analysis

  • Publish 200 more papers
  • Many are now drafts that need a little introductory paragraph and it should be possible to publish them without much effort. The same goes for many researcher profiles which I will keep adding. I now have some help with doing this work.
    February update: added more than 260 papers in January, now at over 500 papers, aiming for 700 at the end of the month. Final update: not yet there, but hopeful that by the end of March the whole backlog is done.
  • Add member features
  • I still have to decide how much of this will be free. This includes features like leaving (private) comments on pages, downloads of reports. Vote on future blogs/directions.
    February update: comment system added, now using the private notes myself for extra (unstructured) notes on papers. Will add the voting for the direction of blogs soon. Final update: this has also been added.
  • Continue with updates & blogs
  • Between four and five times per week Blossom Analysis will be updated with the latest research. The work on providing more context with top 10 blogs has also started and wil continue (one post every 2 weeks).
    February update: This has continued and large review of 2020 research also done.

Psychedelics Courses

  • Promote featured/highlighted option
  • This way I can devote more time to this (side-)project and add more features like credits and other data about the courses and update it more frequently.
    February update: This is the only one to still be done in the latter two weeks of February. Final update: this has been moved to March.
  • Update to new database structure
  • This way the data will be shared/originate from Blossom Analysis. It will make maintenance easier (also for future colleagues without coding experience).
    February update: Done.
  • Add email newsletter option
  • To better promote the website, provide a way for future courses to be promoted.
    February update: Done, first newsletter planned in first days of March. Get in touch if you want to have your course featured. Final update: newsletter incoming in a few days.

PsychedeliCards

  • Make designs
  • The goal is to have 10 designs ready in an overarching (consistent) art style.
    February update: Some cards done, but many more to go.
  • Print v0.2
  • Print version for beta-testers. I have reserved a full day to work on this exclusively.
    February update: Unfortunately not done yet.

All Other Projects

  • Psychedelics Directory & Psychedelics Protocol
  • Take time to figure out how to progress with these project, with whom to work together (for the directory there is someone else also working on a similar thing). And how these could be sustainable projects.
    February update: Still no good directory available so I do plan on picking that up.

December 2020

Blossom Analysis

  • Publish 100 more papers
  • Many are now drafts that need a little introductory paragraph and it should be possible to publish them without much effort. The same goes for many researcher profiles which I will keep adding.
    Reflection: I've added many more papers and now (January 2021) this will pick up even more.
  • Update/Publish About Page
  • Here I want to lay out more of my background/thoughts about psychedelics. The database aims to be neutral and informative, but I think it's good to know where I come from (rationalist, atheist, etc). On this page (or services) I also want to publish my (monetary) business plan. This would include the pledge to give 30%? of revenue to effective charities and possibly also everything above value X.
    Reflection: The about page is live and the donation percentage is 20%. The 'above value X' is not something I can do now, as I would want to reinvest all/most revenue in the coming years.
  • Continue with updates & blogs
  • Between four and five times per week Blossom Analysis will be updated with the latest research. The work on providing more context with top 10 blogs has also started and wil continue (one post every 2 weeks).
    Reflection: Continued, top 10 posts not so much as we're working on a larger one. I do plan on doing more blogs.

Psychedelics Courses

  • Promote featured/highlighted option
  • This way I can devote more time to this (side-)project and add more features like credits and other data about the courses and update it more frequently.
    Reflection: This feature was made but haven't updated the website unfortunately, something for January 2021.
  • Update to new database structure
  • This way the data will be shared/originate from Blossom Analysis. It will make maintenance easier (also for future colleagues without coding experience).
    Reflection: Not done due to time constraints
  • Add email newsletter option
  • To better promote the website, provide a way for future courses to be promoted. The same will apply to Psychedelics Books.
    Reflection: Have this feature ready from Psychedelics Books website.

PsychedeliCards

  • Make designs
  • The goal is to have 10 designs ready in an overarching (consistent) art style.
    Reflection: Learned the program but unfortunately didn't do this.

All Other Projects

  • Launch Psychedelics Books
  • This will be an independent project that shares data with Blossom Analysis. For this project it should be possible to hire someone else to do much of the 'grunt' work.
    Reflection: Done, haven't outsourced adding new books (yet)
  • Psychedelics Directory & Psychedelics Protocol
  • Take time to figure out how to progress with these project, with whom to work together (for the directory there is someone else also working on a similar thing). And how these could be sustainable projects.
    Reflection: Not done yet. Still think that the directory could be very valuable.

November 2020

Blossom Analysis

  • Publish 100 more papers
  • Many are now drafts that need a littel introductory paragraph and it should be possible to publish them without much effort. The same goes for many researcher profiles which I will keep adding.
    Reflection: I don't think that I got to 100, but the database is getting more and more complete. Now working on adding a lot of 'historic' papers.
  • Update/Publish About Page
  • Here I want to lay out more of my background/thoughts about psychedelics. The database aims to be neutral and informative, but I think it's good to know where I come from (rationalist, atheist, etc). On this page (or services) I also want to publish my (monetary) business plan. This would include the pledge to give 30%? of revenue to effective charities and possibly also everything above value X.
    Reflection: This didn't happen, but the draft text has been made
  • Continue with updates & blogs
  • Between four and five times per week Blossom Analysis will be updated with the latest research. The work on providing more context with top 10 blogs has also started and wil continue (one post every 2 weeks).
    Reflection: Done!

Psychedelics Courses

  • Promote featured/highlighted option
  • This way I can devote more time to this (side-)project and add more features like credits and other data about the courses and update it more frequently.
    Reflection: Haven't done so. I will rework this website so that it become easier to maintain.
  • Update to new database structure
  • This way the data will be shared/originate from Blossom Analysis. It will make maintenance easier (also for future colleagues without coding experience).
    Reflection: Something for this month

PsychedeliCards

  • Plan out timeline for design and promotion
  • This project will be an awesome gift for people to give during Christmas. If possible I want to see if we can launch a Kickstarter campaign around that time. For that I would need to know the lead times, costs, and have many of the design (and a timeline for that) parts done already.
    Reflection: Made progress, but won't launch for quite some time to come, will take time to develop art work, rest looks good.
  • Make design
  • For this I'm using Affinity Designer and it's a great program, but also one that I still have to learn to use. So in this next month I will get used to it and start making designs. At least there is no shortage of what I think could go on the cards.
    Reflection: Started in earnest, need time to learn this

All Other Projects

  • Launch Psychedelics Books
  • This will be an independent project that shares data with Blossom Analysis. For this project it should be possible to hire someone else to do much of the 'grunt' work.
    Reflection: Not done, goal for December
  • Psychedelics Directory & Psychedelics Protocol
  • Take time to figure out how to progress with these project, with whom to work together (for the directory there is someone else also working on a similar thing). And how these could be sustainable projects.
    Reflection: Also something to reflect on in December, not done.

October 2020

Blossom Analysis

  • Promote Blossom Pro & add 2 features 0/2
  • Adding features to the paid option (€20 p/m) of Blossom allows me to hire more people to work on Blossom and make it better. The features added will only be 'extras' and won't take away from the experience of anyone currently using the website. Ideas for features are 1) bookmarking/saving papers/pages, 2) adding personal notes, 3) separated (paid) research services (e.g. Blossom find me all papers on X for Y, will cost Z), 4) special newsletter for X group (students, coaches, industry), 5) early access to original work
    Reflection: This goal was not achieved as I was working too much on the other goals, really still something to do.
  • Add more papers, people, companies, books +100/200, +30/30, +20/30, +5/300
  • Many papers (almost the full 200) are in draft version that need only a little more editing to be published. I will keep track of new papers and add them within a few days after publishing/found. With 200 more papers, the database should have the 'basics' covered. My best estimate at this moment is 1000 papers that are relevant enough. Different from other database projects, I want to provide a lot of context and explanation around each paper, that is mostly what is taking up most the time here.
    Reflection: I made significant progress here, but also found that non-essential work like connecting to others, receiving feedback, and the other projects were too distracting to come closer to saying 'the basis is done'. I do think that for the papers this can be said to be somewhat true.
  • Add new book section/website
  • Next to the books currently listed, there are hundreds of books about psychedelics (culture). It would be awesome if I could add more (that I haven't read yet) and provide some information about them (the 'meta-data'). This will be available here on Blossom, and possibly also on a separate website. The idea would be to add affliate links to Amazon that sponsor MAPS (or similar).
    Reflection: This is in the works but not done yet.
  • Cooperate with other psychedelic database projects
  • I've spoken to most people who are working on similar projects, to see how we could help each other and provide the best information. In this month you may see the first mini-project in cooperation with one of these awesome people.
    Reflection: I have multiple contacts with whom I can work on this so that is great, a test cases should be able to be done this year.
  • Add .pdf download of 'psychedelics and ...' page(s)
  • A .pdf version may be something that is easier to digest than a text-heavy webpage. I do want to make this process automatic so that when the page updates, the .pdf also updates. This will be something that people have to pay for (i.e. be that 'extra' mentioned above).
    Reflection: The basisc are done for this, but more work needs to be done to make this automatic. A choice could also be made to not do it this way and do it non-automatic.
  • Update/Publish About Page
  • Here I want to lay out more of my background/thoughts about psychedelics. The database aims to be neutral and informative, but I think it's good to know where I come from (rationalist, atheist, etc). On this page (or services) I also want to publish my (monetary) business plan. This would include the pledge to give 30% of revenue to effective charities and possibly also everything above value X.
    Reflection: Not done yet, really something to actively work on so that the website has more appeal/story behind it.

Psychedelics Courses

  • Add featured/highlighted option (paid by person offering course)
  • This way I can devote more time to this (side-)project and add more features like credits and other data about the courses and update it more frequently.
    Reflection: The feature is developed, but I haven't actively talked to companies who offer courses about this yet.

Tripping Cards

  • Finish first draft of card texts
  • This project may be the one that could reach the most people. Where Blossom Analysis is mostly for serious students of psychedelics (researchers, therapists, coaches, etc), these cards may provide information and assistance to many who are embarking on a trip. Contact me for more info about this project.
    Reflection: Done, this has been a very interesting project and something I will keep working on.
  • Draft design of cards (both sides)
  • Draft both the text (already workshopped a few times now) and a design for the back of the cards (also have quite some ideas for that). For this project I'm working with a friend who is also a great designer.
    Reflection: Half-done, many ideas for the back, but still have to execute on them.
  • Find printer (costs)
  • This is shorthand for the economics of it all. How much will it cost to make, ship, etc. And how long will everything take when we have the designs ready? Will we be able to ship before the winter holidays?
    Reflection: Also good progress here, almost everything is now worked out except the final overview of shipping costs, that is something for the coming month.

Check back in with our narrative past updates at 'Blossom Updates'

Make Blossom Sustainable

Blossom is free to use and will always be.

Supporting Blossom makes this possible. When you support Blossom for €20/month, you get access to our downloadable files, influence over the direction of our 'psychedelics and ...' pages, and future projects.

Our vision is that psychedelics can be used worldwide to better the lives of as many as 450 million people who suffer from mental health problems. Our information hopes to make that vision come to life just a little faster.

The Next Three Months

Epistemic status: likely

Blossom Analysis

  • Ask companies for contributions
  • My original plan was to ask you, the individual reading this, for contributions. I might pivot a bit to asking companies for contributions. This could be one-man companies (e.g. coaches) or larger psychedelic companies. Another possible option is to find funding from foundations, but that is a second/third option. To get to 'ramen-profitablity' I think the project(s) need 200 (individual) contributers, and double that to really speed up progress.
  • Add more search functions to papers
  • This may include extra search functions like searching on what type of measure is used (EEG/fMRI), and the quality of the paper (based on some criteria, possibly from Cochrane). Update: The goal of the study (e.g. Depression) has now been added.
  • Add at least 3 more 'psychedelics and ...' pages 0/3
  • The first page on creativity was a lot of work, but also very rewarding work that should be relatively easy to uphold/update. It's also something that could be valuable by itself and sold as .pdf.
  • Cooperate with others on 'psychedelics and ...' pages
  • I would have to figure out to what capacity I can cooperate with others on these pages. But I can imagine that it would be very valuable to speak to researchers (interviews or email) and get feedback on the draft of those pages.
  • Add more top 10-ish lists of papers on XYZ
  • These are blog-pages that lists (and links to) the 10 most fundamental papers on psilocybin, MDMA, or more specifically on therapist training. These are smaler versions or slightly different angles to the 'psychedelics and ...' pages. And this could be back-linked from the papers and database search itself (e.g. showing a badge that it's listed).
    Update: This work has started and is already very rewarding and fun to do, in cooperation with MIND Foundation.
  • Add more info for researchers
  • Researchers are also looking for other types of paper, the green one. They may be helped by more info on where to find funding, participants, datasets, and more. For this I would need to speak to more researchers. A 'database' of these opportunities would be a possible end product.

Psychedelics Courses & Books

  • Done: Add CE/CME/other credits to info cards
  • Add this information to make it easier for people to find the courses that work for them. I also think this will become increasingly important for therapist (of which many need to be trained within the next few years).
    Update: This has been done with the update of the structure.
  • Done: Update to new structure
  • Also update Psychedelics Courses so that it gets the data from Blossom Analysis.
    Update: Done, you can now also find the courses in the database
  • Done: Make a website for Psychedelics Books
  • Very similar to Psychedelics Courses, with slightly different aim
    Update: Done, now more books need to be added to this database
  • Possibly, make one for conferences
  • To keep track of which conferences are going on and to promote them. But would be difficult to say which ones are really related, relevant, valuable (vs pump-and-dump-like).

Psychedelics Directory & Psychedelics Protocol

  • Continue or axe
  • These projects need to have a go or no-go from me. The first is a directory of all guides, coaches, etc. I think it could be really valuable, but also one that takes quite some time to make (again, not just scraping data but really looking at each listing). I know that someone else is also working on this, so I might drop it if that projects comes through. The latter is a draft website for providing information on how to do a trip yourself and what to think about. This will be probably be surplanted by the Cards project.

PsychedeliCards

  • Launch during Bicycle Day
  • If the work in October provides a nice basis, then this would hopefully be possible. Keep it simple should probably be the motto.
    Update: The first tests have been good and the finances seem to be ok, now it's time for a lot of design work. (design work is taking longer than expected but still very fun to do)
  • Have Theta-version tested before end of November
  • If you get the joke/reference above, awesome! But get everything ready to print before December is the goal here.
    Update: The final text (for now) has been made, now it's up to designing the cards.
  • Plan the launch process
  • This is something that is slowly taking shape, but will take some time to really work out.

Future Features

Epistemic status: possible

Blossom

  • Gather an advisory board
  • Ask some of the awesome people that I've spoken to for advice. Do this on a quarterly basis or more often individually. For instance ask them feedback on what currently is published on this page.

Blossom Analysis

  • Declare a victory over the backlog
  • I know the website will never be complete. Still, there will be a moment that all of the core/planned papers, people, and companies have been added. That would be a day to celebrate.
  • Quotation helper
  • Many papers start with a similar introduction or need quote earlier research about why X works for Y. How great would it be if that could be made easier with a list of 'accepted' quotes and citations. Research may be too esoteric for this to work, but possibly it could be helpful.
  • Cooperate/integrate with another company
  • There is more research about psychedelics than I initially imagined, and more connections to be made that could be very valuable. If a bigger team was working on this, I would have plenty of ideas how finding research (and explaining each paper, putting it in context) would be an amazing resource for researchers and companies alike.

Milestones

The part of the trunk already painted

Blossom Analysis

  • Made a searchable database of psychedelics papers, people, companies
  • Added papers, people, companies, books, courses 750, 150, 250, 80, 90
  • Kept track of news & researchSince Jan 2020
  • Published weekly newsletter Since July 2020

Psychedelics Courses

  • Listed all known courses, updates 1-2x p/m 90
  • Added unique search functions including CE/CME

Psychedelics Directory

  • Started directory of guides, coaches, clinics
  • Listed all known in The Netherlands 20+

Psychedelics Books

  • Launched mini-project that makes finding books about psychedelics easierSince Dec 2020