LOS ANGELES–()–With news reports of mounting scientific and clinical trial data supporting the beneficial use of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), the thought leader leading the charge for many of the studies, Rick Doblin, PhD, founder and executive director of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), has appeared as a featured guest on the Impact Podcast with John Shegerian to discuss the latest findings.

Founded by Dr. Doblin in 1986, MAPS is a non-profit research and educational organization that develops medical, legal, and cultural contexts for people to benefit from the careful uses of psychedelics and marijuana.

Noting an estimate by the US Department of Veterans Affairs that about 8 million people in the United States, including more than one million veterans, suffer from PTSD, Dr. Doblin chronicled his organization’s work in developing an MDMA-assisted form of psychotherapy and shared his findings with Shegerian on the episode.

“I’m humbled and honored to have the opportunity to feature Dr. Doblin on our show to discuss his groundbreaking work and scientific research findings,” said Shegerian. “MAPS and Dr . Doblin have opened up what is sure to become a paradigm shift in the treatment of PTSD. It’s revolutionary what he is doing and we are excited for our listeners to hear this fascinating thought leader share his insights.”

Doblin’s work has been championed by an array of other thought leaders ranging from Tim Ferriss to Joe Rogan.

Philanthropist Tim Ferriss, who has financially supported MDMA treatment clinical trials, calls the research “…only the beginning of a major paradigm shift in mental health treatment. Treatment research with moderate to high doses of psychedelics may uncover entirely new paradigms for understanding and improving mood and mind. This is a taste of things to come.”

“One positive aspect of troubled times is that people get more motivated to try alternative ways of seeking peace of mind,” said Joe Rogan in a recent interview. “As more studies come in, and more states decriminalize and even legalize the use of psychedelics I believe many people are going to realize the answer they’ve been looking for has been here all along.”

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