Founder and executive director of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), Rick Doblin shares with us the latest news on MAPS main project regarding MDMA assisted-psychotherapy for PTSD. We explore how we can utilize psychedelics in mainstream medicine to move these powerful tools into wider use. In this episode we discuss:
- The importance of mass mental health and mass consciousness
- What happens when monks use MDMA?
- The danger of relying only on drugs
- The value of other tools: non-drug psychotherapy, breathwork, meditation
“We want to empower the individual to learn the tools and techniques of self-healing, so that they're not giving away their power to others to do that.” -Rick Doblin, Ph.D.
Tune in as Rick Doblin shares insights on the power of your mind. He explains how to change your mind and even your immune system with your beliefs. He discusses methods for how to use psychedelic assisted psychotherapy to address trauma in both the body/somatic system and your narrative.
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Rick Doblin, Ph.D., is the founder and executive director of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS). He received his doctorate in Public Policy from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, where he wrote his dissertation on the regulation of the medical uses of psychedelics and marijuana and his Master's thesis on a survey of oncologists about smoked marijuana vs. the oral THC pill in nausea control for cancer patients. His undergraduate thesis at New College of Florida was a 25-year follow-up to the classic Good Friday Experiment, which evaluated the potential of psychedelic drugs to catalyze religious experiences. He also conducted a thirty-four year follow-up study to Timothy Leary's Concord Prison Experiment. Rick studied with Dr. Stanislav Grof and was among the first to be certified as a Holotropic Breathwork practitioner. His professional goal is to help develop legal contexts for the beneficial uses of psychedelics and marijuana, primarily as prescription medicines but also for personal growth for otherwise healthy people, and eventually to become a legally licensed psychedelic therapist. He founded MAPS in 1986, and currently resides in Boston with his wife, dog, and empty rooms from three children, one of whom is in college and two have graduated.
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