Can Psychedelic Medicine Fix Our Mental Health Crisis?

We’re in the midst of a psychedelic renaissance. Compounds that have long been considered recreational drugs by conventional standards are finally being recognized through science as powerful tools for overcoming hard-to-treat health issues, like PTSD, depression, addiction, and more.Mental health problems are the number one driver of indirect healthcare costs, loss of productivity, and diminished quality of life. Yet, we aren’t very successful at treating them with modern medicine. This is a pivotal moment for turning the treatment of mental health around as we explore psychedelic medicine.

Today, I’m excited to talk to a leading expert and advocate in the field of psychedelic medicine, Rick Doblin. We kick off our conversation with a bit of Rick’s background, learning how he became so passionate about psychedelic research and the interesting turns his education took along with his family’s support. Rick explains how different types of psychedelics work in the brain to address different issues, as well as what he’s learned along the way about safety, efficacy, and the concept of “set and setting.”

We also talk about the future of drug policy reform and reframing the public perception of psychedelics to make them more scalable and accessible in a safe and responsible way. For more than three decades, Rick has devoted his life to studying the powerful positive effects psychedelics can have on things like trauma and mental health.

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