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A student activity club called Students for Sensible Drug Policy hosted the third annual panel on psychedelic research featuring guest speaker Dr Rick Doblin This panel was in light of national public health week This specific student organization focuses on American drug policy and has chapters at many different universities The key speaker Dr Rick Doblin is the founder of an organization called Multi-disciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies MAPS Doblins organization funds clinical trials conducted around the world MAPS aims at developing psychedelic drugs and marijuana into prescription medicines Doblins ultimate goad was to made MDMA ecstasy a FDA approved medicine Doblin is well known for the extensive follow up studies he has done on the 1962 Boston University Friday Experiment The original experiment consisted of 20 participants Half of the participants received a placebo and half received halligenic mushrooms The participants were then evaluated to see if they experienced a profound religious experience during the study Doblin believes that the use of MDMA makes people more tolerant of other gender class sex and race Doblin claims Psychedelics are just tools they produce more balanced human beings MAPS works with psychedelics to study how helpful they are in treating people who are suffering from posttraumatic stress disorder addiction or near death diseases More recently Doblin did a study that analyzed the results of MDMA on soldiers suffering from posttraumatic stress disorder after returning home from war They study concluded that 8 of participants were cured of posttraumatic stress disorder after MDMA treatment The MDMA cures some disorders but is not entirely effective on its own In this study the MDMA accounted for 60 of success and classical therapy accounted for the other 40 When the two therapies are combined they have a high success rate In the upcoming weeks Doblin is scheduled to present his psychedelic therapy to the pentagon in hopes of additional funding to further his studies The second speaker was Kevin
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