Kosmicaid, formerly KosmicCare UK, is a service dedicated to helping people who are undergoing difficult, drug-related experiences at festivals and music events. We do much more than inform the public about harm reduction and drug interactions; we complement traditional welfare by specialising in cases where psychedelic drugs are involved and handling patients appearing psychotic or paranoid as a result of drug use. People in those conditions are in a fragile, vulnerable state of mind and in need of sensitive handling to safeguard their long term mental health. Our unique skillset allows hospital referrals and chemical sedation to be avoided.
Entheogens catalyse a rapid connection with the deepest parts of our psyche. They have played a pivotal role in the spiritual practices of many cultures, historically taken in a socially integrated context with the support of shamans or priests. These days we are left alone with our unpredictable emotions and the sometimes terrifying visions of the collective unconscious. At modern gatherings and festivals people often push boundaries, and it is here that we need to give support.
We do not encourage the use of any illegal substances. We are non-judgemental, not pro or against any personal choices. We are just here to care.
KosmicAid, formerly known as Kosmicare UK, sprouted from the KosmiCare project created by MAPS for Boom Festival, and owes much of its philosophy and ethos to that pioneering effort.