Rick Doblin: The Future of Psychedelics

Rick Doblin on The Future of Psychedelics: Episode 08, The Psychedelic Entrepreneur Podcast

Rick Doblin, Ph.D., is the founder and executive director of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS.org). 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. This episode was originally recorded as part of the “Psychedelics, Sacred Medicines, Purpose & Business” summit in 2020.

In this episode, Rick Doblin and Beth Weinstein speak about…

  • 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:
  • How MAPS.org 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

Links & Resources

Rick Doblin & MAPS: https://maps.org/

Donate to MAPS.org: https://maps.org/donate 

Rick Doblin’s Ted Talk: https://www.ted.com/talks/rick_doblin_the_future_of_psychedelic_assisted_psychotherapy?language=en

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rickdoblinmaps/  https://www.instagram.com/mapsnews/ 


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