Podcast 550 – “FDA Approved Phase 3 MDMA/PTSD Research”


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Guest speaker: Rick Doblin

Lorenzo and Jon Hanna at the first Palenque Norte Lecture

Lorenzo looks on as Jon Hanna delivers the very first Palenque Norte Lecture at the 2003 Burning Man Festival.


Date this lecture was recorded: September 1, 2017

Today we feature the 2017 Palenque Norte Lecture delivered by the founder of the Multidisciplinary Association of Psychedelic Studies, Rick Doblin. In this wide ranging talk, besides an update about the recent FDA approval for MAPS’ major Phase 3 study of MDMA, we are treated to the fascinating story of how Rick was able to convince his conservative family into supporting his decision to pursue the investigation of psychedelic medicines.

“What I intimated in my early LSD and mescaline sessions, they weren’t all beautiful and peaceful and, you know, unity with god. They more were like taking a very ridged intellectual person and helping me to start to feel, and helping me have emotions, and helping me to start to wrestle with some deeper emotions.” -Rick Doblin


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Posted in Burning Man, Consciousness, Culture, Future, MDMA, Medicine, Palenque Norte, Psychedelic Research, PTSD, Rick Doblin.


  1. I love the idea of psychedelic initiation centers!
    That would make a crucial difference in our society I think. They should be free and available to anyone worldwide. No more need to go to the Amazon or some obscure groups or neo-shamans. I just love the idea that people who don’t have the setting to do it alone, or who might be afraid, or just don’t have access to those substances, will be able to go through live changing experiences, and change their consciousness!
    Too bad that under this aspect the USA seems like a super progressive country compared to Germany for instance (Cannabis legalization seems very far ahead unfortunately)
    Rick is making this very thought possible. Forever grateful for the work he is doing! <3
    Much love to you Lorenzo.

  2. Really excellent. Doblin is a great communicator, a careful and effective researcher and an impressive force for change. This is particularly good for those outside the psychedelic community who might want to understand why this research is promising and important.

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