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Rick Doblin, Founder and executive director of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS)

Dr. Rick Doblin, who founded the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) in 1986 and serves as its executive director, received his doctorate in public policy from Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

His professional goal is to help develop legal contexts for the beneficial uses of psychedelics and marijuana—primarily as prescription medicines but also for personal growth for otherwise healthy people.

Rick's dissertation explored the regulation of the medical uses of psychedelics and marijuana, and his master's thesis surveyed oncologists about smoked marijuana versus an oral THC pill in nausea control for cancer patients.

Rick's undergraduate thesis was a follow-up to the classic Good Friday Experiment, which evaluated the potential of psychedelic drugs to catalyze religious experiences. He also conducted a follow-up study to Timothy Leary's Concord Prison Experiment.

Doblin was among the first to be certified as a Holotropic Breathwork practitioner after studying with Dr. Stanislav Grof. He presents on his research at conferences and summits internationally.

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