In 1982, a young psychedelic researcher studying at the New College in Florida embarked upon a month long workshop with the godfather of psychedelic medical research Stanislav Grof at the legendary Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California. It was here that this young man first learned of a drug called MDMA, still legal at the time. Little did he realize that this would be the beginning of a lifelong quest to legitimize a drug in the eyes of a world in which it would soon become taboo. This journey would take over 35 years …
In person Rick Doblin is an unassuming, short, scruffy-haired man – friendly and enthusiastic with a razor-sharp intellect. In December 2017 he was in Australia to discuss his work at the Entheogenesis Australis Psychedelic Symposium, Australia’s most important conference on psychedelic medicine and research. Seven years ago, Doblin appeared at the same conference as keynote speaker. …
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