Voices of Esalen: Psychedelic Integration, Pt. 3: Rick Doblin on MAPS, MDMA, Esalen, and PTSD

Summary: MAPS Founder Rick Doblin, Ph.D., is featured on an episode of the Psychedelic Integration podcast series from Voices of Esalen. The series interviews psychedelic researchers who spoke at the Esalen event, Psychedelic Integration, that took place in the spring of 2019. In this new interview, Doblin shares his many inspirations for starting MAPS, the inspiring work of Stanislav Grof, M.D., Ph.D., the trajectory of psychedelic research, and the data collected from clinical trials of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for PTSD.

Rick Doblin is the founder and executive director of MAPS, the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies. He’s been a tireless proponent of the effort to develop legal contexts for the beneficial uses of psychedelics. At Esalen, he discussed the historical trajectory of MAPS, the legal narrative surrounding psychedelics – in particular MDMA – and why MDMA-assisted psychotherapy has been proven to be so effective for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. He also spoke on what the future holds for clinical trials, and how the Esalen Institute was foundational to his journey.