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Rick Doblin - MDMA Is Medicine


Rick Doblin is the founder and executive director of MAPS, the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies. His goal is to help develop contexts, for the legal use of psychedelics and marijuana. He is currently in phase 3 of clinical trials testing the combination of MDMA and psychotherapy as a safe and effective treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder. This has been in the works for over 30 years. Ultimately he wants to explore how psychedelics can be used to resolve some of the world’s biggest problems amongst religions, in spirituality, and for conflict resolution.


00:00 | Trailer
02:43 Brian’s thoughts on the episode
05:14 Brian’s introduction
05:56 What has contributed to current public willingness for conversation about psychedelics in medicine
10:59 Ibogaine could help people get off opiate addiction
13:44 SSRIs have suited pharma industry well, but the field of psychiatry is looking for new ways to help
16:29 How can the public be persuaded to consider so-called party drugs as therapeutic
21:30 Risk for those taking MDMA in therapy, later becoming ravers
26:30 How MDMA therapy can help those with PTSD resulting from different types of trauma
31:11 MDMA history and how Rick has maintained a fourty-five year, long term plan, for MDMA use
45:47 More people died from drug overdoses in 2017 than entire Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan wars
47:51 What Rick thinks the drug scene will be like in 2035
52:35 The 50-year Marijuana cycle MAPS hopes to break before the election
55:55 The typical MDMA therapy patient
58:21 Why MDMA is not mentioned by Michael Pollan in his book and Terence McKenna didn’t favour it
1:02:31 Moving story of how Rick’s grandmother inspires his work and his work with PTSDA veterans
1:16:24 An unexpected windfall
1:24:30 Meeting the EMA1:32:11 An anti-patent strategy, how people who have received help from MDMA can help cause
1:36:43 How MAPS is training therapists, despite MDMA being an illegal drug
1:40:37 Political rift caused by acceptance of a donation for healing from trauma study
1:49:43 Why Rick’s plea is, come out of the closet; act responsibly; help people through experience
1:52:55 The concept of a 100-year plan1:55:56 Brian’s summing up.


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