Welcome to the MAPS Canada blog! This introductory post is intended to give you an idea of our vision for the blog, and the people at which these articles will be primarily directed. There is tons of excitement and energy surrounding psychedelics these days, in increasingly mainstream contexts. We want to help inspire people in all walks of life to look deeper into the areas of psychedelic research that interest them, to help create a more informed, curious, and passionate populace. If you are not already aware of the MAPS/MAPS Canada vision, mission, and goals, you can learn more here.
The Vision For This Blog:
As research efforts into the effects of psychedelic substances become more widespread, we want to shine some light on just how enormous the untapped potential of these substances is. The ongoing MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for PTSD study has reached Phase III clinical trials, the result of over 30 years of devotion and determination by MAPS founder Rick Doblin and countless others. It is the hope and belief of those within the psychedelic research community that this study, and others like the ongoing work with psilocybin at Johns Hopkins and NYU, have paved the way for the investigation of multitudes of other diseases and conditions. The blog will highlight some of these areas, in order to get researchers interested in undertaking the appropriate studies.
Another avenue we hope to take with the MAPS Canada blog is to share some of the powerful personal stories of those who have benefitted from psychedelic treatment. Anyone associated with MAPS/MAPS Canada will gladly talk your ear off about the positivity of the statistics rolling in from clinical trials. However, we also want to ensure that the humanity of those involved in the trials, as both therapists and patients, shines through, to supplement the data, and put faces to the numbers.
While anyone can read and engage with these articles (and we highly encourage this), there are a few groups we especially want to connect with.
- Researchers: If you’re an academic focusing on research, we want the MAPS Canada blog to pique your interest in certain topics of psychedelic research. Whether you’re already familiar with psychedelics and searching for an interesting research topic, or know nothing about psychedelics and are looking to grasp the basics, these articles will be a jumping-off point for academic curiosity and careers.
- Loved ones of those suffering with mental illness: Having a friend or family member suffering due to a mental illness can be an extremely helpless situation. By outlining the current state and future direction of psychedelic research, we hope that the blog will be a resource for those who are seeking all possible information to help the ones they love.
- Parents: The thought of having a conversation with your children about psychedelic use can be daunting. By offering introductory, accessible looks into the complex world of psychedelics and psychedelic research, we hope that the MAPS Canada blog will make those difficult but wise conversations with children easier and more informative.
- Police/Lawmakers/“The State”: If we really want to mainstream psychedelic therapy, it will be crucial to have those directly involved in the criminalization of psychedelics and enforcement of the law on our side. The avenue here is to speak directly to those (especially police officers) suffering from the same stubborn PTSD that we are working so hard to combat.
We are looking to release one or two posts every month, so stay tuned for new content, and thanks again for your interest in MAPS Canada!