This is a short conversation with Rick Doblin, a kind, wise, and fascinating man affecting remarkable change in the world. Among many notable points of description, Rick is the founder and executive director of MAPS, the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies. While a household name in some places, MAPS, for those who haven’t heard of the organisation before, is the central node in the drive toward rescheduling MDMA in the U.S. and Europe. The heavy lifting of that change lies in the substantial evidence gathered in favour of MDMA assisted psychotherapy for PTSD.
But what does MDMA feel like? And what can we say about the insights MDMA affords people? On reflection, these are some of the questions underpinning what Rick and Tim discuss here.
More about Rick and MAPS can be found below.
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. 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.