Summary: Listen to MAPS Founder and Executive Director Rick Doblin, Ph.D., describe the therapeutic potential of psychedelics, specifically in the case of MDMA-assisted therapy for PTSD, and convey the importance of psychedelic research in the episode “Turn On, Tune In” of ABC Radio National’s All in the Mind podcast with Lynne Malcolm.
Originally appearing here.
Turn on, tune in and drop out … that was the 1960s catch cry of U.S. psychologist Timothy Leary. He was convinced that the psychedelic experience could be mentally therapeutic and even provide insights into consciousness itself. By 1966 psychedelics were demonised and banned but now—in controlled scientific settings—we’re seeing a psychedelic renaissance in mental health therapy. Early research on the use of ecstasy in the treatment of stress disorders looks promising.