The Promises and Perils of Mainstreaming Psychedelics (Online)


September 16, 2020

From the event website:


The Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) just finished raising $30 million in non-profit donations in less than six months! With the help of world-famous influencer Tim Ferriss and thousands of donors from different industries and political views, this success clearly demonstrates the value and acceptance society now sees around psychedelic medicine, and puts MAPS one step closer to their goal of making MDMA a legal medicine.

There is no doubt that MAPS has spearheaded the movement to bring psychedelics into the mainstream. This word “mainstream” has become ubiquitous across psychedelic discourse, but depending on your views, it can signify either the ultimate goal or ultimate nightmare. While many view mainstreaming as a necessary tactic to scale psychedelic healing to have the most positive global impact, others believe that it leads to commodification, corporate greed, a lack of inclusiveness and access for marginalized groups, and other economic and social issues inherent in the current capitalist system. What then, is the best way forward?

Join MAPS founder and Executive Director Rick Doblin, Ph.D, in conversation with Director of Policy and Advocacy Natalie Ginsberg, for this special Chacruna Community Forum. We will explore some of these difficult questions around the benefits and risks of mainstreaming and examine how we can make these powerful medicines available at the speed and scale the world so desperately needs, while facing up against the oppressive, racist and systemic issues of capitalism.