MAPS: Psychedelic Science in the 21st Century
The Future of Psychedelic & Medical Marijuana Research
April 16, 2010 - San Jose, California
CME Track 01 Disk 01-306. Runtime: 59:14
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This is a great talk by Andy Weil featuring his unique perspective on the current state of Psychedelic Medicine & Medicinal Marijuana. The successes and the challenges that lay ahead. As leader in the field of integrative and alternative medicine he shares his valuable insights into clinical trials on mind-body medicine and tells how even after publishing solid findings from medical pioneers, most doctors will not change their practice.
Forty years ago the U.S.led backlash against the possibility of researching the potential beneficial effects of psychedelics and marijuana. Many studies had shown psychedelics to be useful for managing anxiety and depression in terminal cancer patients, for treating alcoholism and opiate addiction and for catalyzing spiritual/mystical experience. At the same time, marijuana was found to be effective for relieving nausea and vomiting often associated with cancer and chemotherapy. Now that restrictions on research with these agents are easing, a new generation of investigators is continuing these studies, as well as looking at MDMA for PTSD, psilocybin for OCD, and marijuana for MS, chronic pain, PTSD, and other conditions. Many other possible therapeutic applications of psychedelics and marijuana needs to be carefully designed and conducted to avoid another backlash from anti-drug zealots. Along with some great personal stories. He is always a pleasure to hear. I think you will enjoy it.
All the best,