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Wednesday, 28. May 2008
Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies - MAPS
Psychedelic Drugs As Medicine:
More questions answered by Dr. Julie Holland, Psychiatrist on VideoJug: Psychedelics.
The Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) is a U.S.-based non-profit organization that assists scientists to design, fund, obtain approval for and report on studies into the risks and benefits of psychedelic drugs (including MDMA, ibogaine and cannabis).
MAPS' mission is to develop these drugs into FDA-approved prescription medicines, and to educate the public honestly about their risks and benefits. The organization was founded by Rick Doblin in 1986.
See also this Interview with Rick Doblin.
Signed, Limited Edition Albert Hofmann Portrait, by Robert Venosa
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The Spring 2008 Special Edition of the MAPS Bulletin on "Technology and Psychedelics" is now available for download and online browsing as both a single PDF file (8 MB) or as individual PDFs of each article broken-out, features testimony from individuals who have used psychedelics for creative inspiration.
Exerpt from 'Letter from the Editor David Jay Brown':
An LSD experience can be subjectively viewed as an "atomic explosion" or "nuclear meltdown" of the mind.
Likewise, the penetrating perspective gleaned from a mescaline experience seems strangely similar to the seethrough point of view provided by X-ray photography, as both have the ability to make normally invisible aspects of the world visible.
A number of people - including Swiss chemist Albert Hofmann, who discovered LSD - have suggested that LSD might have been discovered in 1943 as a spiritual antidote to the apocalyptic dangers of nuclear weapons that now threaten the survival of our species.
Whether these speculations are true or not, Western science's discovery of psychedelic chemicals lead to an intimate and unusually creative relationship with technology.
Since psychedelics affect all aspects of the human mind, they affect every aspect of human culture. Science, art, medicine, politics, philosophy, and spirituality have all been transformed by individuals experienced with the psychedelic mind state, as has the major hallmark of our species' success - our ability to design tools. The interplay between technological innovation and psychedelic mind states has substantially influenced many aspects of electronic media and biotechnology - including the development of new film techniques and cinematic special effects, personal computers, the internet, and genetic engineering.
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