Rick Doblin, Ph.D., is the founder and executive direct or 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 for use 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 and three children.
Society has viewed psychedelic drugs as dangerous substances. However, Rick Doblin shares with us his aspirations on elaborately studying the revolutionary impacts of psychedelics to modern medicine and how MAPS came to conception.
Through our discussion, we are going to discover:
- What inspired Rick to build MAPS
- MAPS’ mission and vision
- The potential of legalizing psychedelics
- Personal stories of people benefiting from therapeutic use of psychedelics
- The basis of criminalization of psychedelic drugs
- Rick’s take on regulating psychedelics uses
- How we can fully benefit from psychedelic drugs
- How Rick’s visionary’s experiences connected with his life purpose