2016 July 20: This is the inaugural event kicking of AWARE PROJECT SAN DIEGO: Rethinking Psychedelics. It is also a FUNdraiser for the revolutionary work that the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS.org) is doing to lift the stigma about psychedelic compounds and advance scientific and therapeutic research. Our featured speaker is Rick Doblin, Founder and Executive Director of MAPS. MAPS supports research on the efficacy of psychedelic medicines in the treatment of a panoply of concerns and conditions including PTSD, end-of-life anxiety, depression and addictions among many others. This is important and compassionate work as we welcome new knowledge and insights while riding the wave of an exciting and conscious psychedelic renaissance!
Speaker bio: Rick Doblin, Ph.D., is the founder and executive director of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS). He received his doctorate in Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, where he wrote his dissertation on the regulation of the medical uses of psychedelics and marijuana and his Master's thesis on a survey of oncologists about smoked marijuana vs. the oral THC pill in nausea control for cancer patients. His undergraduate thesis at New College of Florida was a 25-year follow-up to the classic Good Friday Experiment, which evaluated the potential of psychedelic drugs to catalyze religious experiences. He also conducted a thirty-four year follow-up study to Timothy Leary’s Concord Prison Experiment. 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, and currently resides in Boston with his wife and one of three children (two in college).
We raised over $4,100 for MAPS and the Aware Project!