The Future of Psychedelics with Rick Doblin

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Rick Doblin, Ph.D., is the founder and executive director of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS). 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.

Topics discussed in this episode...

  • Rick's childhood and the influence of his Jewish heritage on his spiritual and career development
  • Two books that had a profound impact on Rick as a college student:
    • One Flew Over the Cookoo's Nest, Ken Kesey (partially written under the influence of LSD!)
    • Realms of the Human Unconscious: Observations from LSD Research, Stanislav Grof
  • How MAPS is trying to demonstrate a new approach to psychotherapy as it pursues a mission of mass mental health care
  • The way MAPS is seeking to maximize "public benefit" through its public benefit corporation, which is essentially an open source pharmaceutical company
  • Rick's hope that legalization will enable people to work with psychedelic medicines responsibly on their own
  • Our need as a culture to understand that a 'difficult' experience does not equate to a 'bad' experience
  • "The full expression of an emotion is the funeral pyre of that emotion" - Stanislav Grof
  • The role of MDMA in end of life and pain management
  • There are countless psychedelic career opportunities available to people in fields beyond psychotherapy
  • Future psychedelic healing clinics will be sites of initiation
  • You can get anywhere you need to without psychedelics, but it could be a lot slower/harder

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