LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide) is a semi-synthetic compound first developed in 1938 by Dr. Albert Hofmann at the Sandoz pharmaceutical company in Basel, Switzerland. Dr. Hofmann first discovered the psychedelic effects of LSD through accidental exposure to the substance on April 16, 1943.
On April 19, 1943, Dr. Hofmann became the first person to intentionally experience the psychedelic effects of LSD. After Dr. Hofmann first discovered its effects in 1943, LSD quickly became recognized for its possible therapeutic effects. LSD also played a significant role in the discovery of the serotonin neurotransmitter system and the polymerase chain reaction.
To celebrate the 75th anniversary of Dr. Hofmann's discovery, the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) is proud to offer opportunities for education and participation throughout the month of April.
What have you discovered? Many people have learned about LSD through science, education, culture, or personal experiences.
Record a 1-2 minute tribute video and tell the world why LSD is important to you. These videos will be publicly viewable in April, and we will share highlights at the end of the month.
Discovering LSD: Therapy, Consciousness, and Inner Journeys with Stanislav Grof
Tuesday, April 17, 2018 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM Pacific Time (GMT-7)
"LSD is a catalyst or amplifier of mental processes. If properly used it could become something like the microscope or telescope of psychiatry." — Stanislav Grof, LSD Psychotherapy (1980)
Join us for an in-depth exploration of LSD-assisted psychotherapy with psychedelic therapy pioneer Stanislav Grof, M.D., Ph.D.
Drawing on Stan's vast experience leading thousands of LSD-assisted psychotherapy sessions, we will explore the role that LSD has played in the charting of inner journeys, and the practical relevance it may have for psychotherapy and spiritual growth. This webinar is a rare opportunity to learn about LSD's potential as a therapeutic tool directly from one of the founding fathers of psychedelic therapy and transpersonal psychology.
Discovering LSD: Medicine and Culture with Rick Doblin and Robin Carhart-Harris, Ph.D.
Thursday, April 19, 2018 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM Pacific Time (GMT-7)
How did scientists overcome the political suppression of psychedelic research?
MAPS Founder and Executive Director Rick Doblin, Ph.D., will explore the cultural impact of LSD, and share how decades of connecting with psychedelic luminaries and researchers led to MAPS sponsoring the first double-blind, placebo-controlled study of the therapeutic use of LSD in human beings since the early 1970s. This Phase 2 pilot study with 12 participants was completed in 2014, and found positive trends in the reduction of anxiety following two LSD-assisted psychotherapy sessions. Dr. Carhart-Harris conducted the first brain imaging study with LSD, and is currently preparing for a research into the cognitive effects of microdosing LSD.
Discovering LSD: Science, Music, and Microdosing with James Fadiman, Erika Dyck, and Mendel Kaelen
Wednesday, April 25, 2018 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM Pacific Time (GMT-7)
How does LSD work in the brain? What is microdosing, and can it help enhance creativity and productivity? What can the turbulent history of LSD over the last 75 years tell us about its future?
In this webinar, three of our favorite researchers will share what science is teaching us about LSD, the world’s most famous psychedelic drug.
We will learn about the scientific history of LSD from medical historian Erika Dyck, Ph.D., from Albert Hofmann's discovery of LSD’s psychoactive properties in 1943 to the new wave of research into LSD as a tool for therapy and creativity.
We will also explore the neuroscience of LSD, and learn how music affects LSD experiences from Mendel Kaelen of Imperial College London.
Finally, we’ll discover the latest insights about microdosing LSD for creativity and personal growth from James Fadiman, Ph.D., author of The Psychedelic Explorer’s Guide.
Together, we’ll explore what modern science knows about LSD—and what it doesn’t.
This is the story of LSD told by organic chemist Albert Hofmann, Ph.D. Dr. Hofmann traces LSD's path from a promising psychiatric research medicine to a recreational drug sparking hysteria and prohibition. In LSD: My Problem Child, we follow Dr. Hofmann's trek across Mexico to discover sacred plants related to LSD, and listen in as he corresponds with other notable figures about his remarkable discovery.
LSD Psychotherapy is a complete account of a remarkable chapter in the ever-continuing inquiry into our transpersonal nature and origins. The controlled studies described in this book reveal exciting and challenging data about the nature of human consciousness, perception, and reality itself.
What is MAPS? Founded in 1986, the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit research and educational organization that develops medical, legal, and cultural contexts for people to benefit from the careful uses of psychedelics and marijuana.
What is “Discovering LSD”? To celebrate the 75th anniversary of Dr. Albert Hofmann’s first intentional experience with LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide) on April 19, 1943, MAPS is inviting participation in an awareness campaign about LSD.
When is this happening? Throughout the month of April 2018, MAPS will offer the public opportunities to share why they believe LSD is important, attend three educational webinars with psychedelic researchers, and receive discounts on products in the MAPS Store.
How can I share my story? MAPS is inviting you to record a public tribute video about why LSD is important to you.
Keep your video limited to 1-2 minutes (this will be publicly viewable during the campaign)
How do I receive discounts in the MAPS Store? Receive 10-40% off on select items in the MAPS Store by visiting this link: maps.org/lsd75store
How do I attend webinars? The general format will be a 90-minute webinar, comprised of 15-20 minute presentations from each speaker, followed by 30-minute Q&A. This is a unique opportunity to interact with psychedelic researchers in a live capacity, and help steer the conversation through asking question. You may purchase tickets below:
How much do webinars cost?
General admission is $25 for each webinar, and the $75 ticket also includes a Digital Gift Pack of LSD-related readings and artwork that will be sent after the webinar series is concluded.
Will the webinars be recorded?
Recordings of each webinar will be provided to all attendees.
I purchased a webinar ticket. How do I join? You will receive a ticket purchase confirmation with a link to the webinar after successful payment.
May I cancel my webinar purchase?
If you need to cancel your attendance, we offer refunds until 24 hours before each webinar. All refunds require a 3% processing fee. Please allow 5-7 business days to process your refund.
Will the Discovering LSD webinars ever be available for free?
Select highlights and quotes from the live webinars will be made available for free at a later date.
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Discovering LSD: 75 Years of Experiences
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