An article about why mental health professionals are in dire need of better treatment for PTSD, how MDMA-assisted psychotherapy works, and how important a treatment like this could be for addressing the immense burden of trauma in vulnerable communities, especially communities of color and low-income communities.
Dan is beaming as he declares, “Dang, you’re so beautiful! Does your man know how lovely you are?” Dan’s wearing a t-shirt and shorts, but it’s the middle of winter. He’s talking fast and gesticulating wildly as he tells me about his new discoveries in sacred geometry. I’ve only met Dan once before and our […]
photo courtesy Alejandro Alvarez What is it like to participate in an MDMA clinical trial? Lori Tipton shares her experience of undergoing MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for her severe PTSD at a clinical trial in New Orleans. After receiving ‘Breakthrough Therapy’ designation by the FDA in 2017, phase 3 trials have begun for this promising treatment. Watch […]
What is music doing in psychotherapy? Is there anything special about the music selected for psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy, and is it doing anything special? How did it get there to start with, and do we know what it’s doing? As a researcher on MAPS psychedelic clinical trials, these are the questions that have intrigued me most. […]
The pulsating aliveness of a tree … the sensuous softness of a kiss … the mind being blessedly silent and only consciousness exists: These are experiences of mindfulness, whether brought to our attention by psychedelics or meditative awareness.
It is commonly accepted within the larger community of psychedelic users that meditation is a useful and healthy thing to do. What is less commonly talked about are specifics: how exactly can meditation practice be helpful to people who use psychedelics? What approaches to meditation are likely to be most fruitful?