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Review for Multidisciplinary Association For Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), San Jose, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

As a physician treating people with opioid addictions, a chronic, relapsing disease where the available treatments have an 85% failure rate, I see the potential to help turn lives around with the use of psychedelics.

Under controlled conditions, in an open, non-judgemental setting where trust is established, it is possible for people who habitually use drugs to obliterate feelings to have the opportunity to experience awareness, trust and joy. No amount of motivational interviewing will allow people to experience what they do not know exists.

MAPS has been very instrumental in raising awareness about these issues and bringing together some of the best and brightest minds in neurology and psychiatry. A respect for the ancient cultures that gave birth to these substances seems to be integrated into their philosophy.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Address the cognitive disconnect of trying to establish the legitimacy of psychedelic science while selling "healing crystal" jewellery at their conferences.

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