Psychedelics sometimes cause bad trips by creating horrible scenarios for some individuals. Rick Doblin, the founder of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (“MAPS”), recently talked about difficult trips and how people could be guided through these experiences.
During a recent interview, Doblin, a psychonaut and veteran psychedelic researcher, was asked whether MAPS would start a psychonaut training program based partly on principles of psychedelic harm reduction. Doblin revealed that the program, which was briefly referenced on the MAP’s website, was still being developed but would launch in various parts of North America where psychedelic substances had been decriminalized.
He stated that plant psychedelics were being decriminalized in different areas, noting that he hoped drug-policy reform efforts would be successful. He explained that if individuals in these jurisdictions and areas were experiencing a lot of difficult trips, it could be an issue, which was why the company was developing the training.
The psychonaut training program that MAPS is developing will include various exercises and basic training for individuals who want to help others; the training program takes about 16 hours, after which individuals will be awarded a certificate. Doblin explained that the training would be a guiding tool on how to handle various situations, noting that when guiding an individual through a difficult trip, it is important to talk them through it instead of talking down on it.
The veteran psychedelic researcher has explored psychedelics for most of his life, through a mix of activism, therapy and research. Doblin first experimented with LSD in college then MDMA in the early ‘80s. This was what led to the launch of MAPS in 1986.
MAPS recently completed a phase 3 clinical trial for MDMA, which received approval from the FDA. The trial looked into whether the MDMA, when used in combination with psychotherapy, could decrease PTSD symptom severity. The results from the trial show that two months after the treatment was administered, more than 65% of the participants who received the MDMA treatment no longer experienced post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms.
If the second phase of this trial proves that the drug is indeed effective, Doblin’s dream of having MDMA legalized for therapeutic use in the United States may be granted by the Food and Drug Administration in about two years. Doblin hopes that this approval will extend to Canada, Israel and possibly Australia. He hopes that in the near future England will also follow suit.
As all those jurisdictions enact psychedelic reforms, industry actors such as Delic Holdings Corp. (CSE: DELC) (OTC: DELCF) will have a bigger market to serve.
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