#13 The Best Kind of Counter-Culture, Drug Using Criminal | Rick Doblin Pt. 1

November 24, 2020
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  • Rick discusses his entrance into the psychedelic space – and how both the holocaust and his heritage influenced his upbringing (3:05)
  • Rick had a sense of possibility during his childhood that was coloured by immigrant stories of his family (6:00)
  • Initially, Rick believed all the anti-psychedelic propaganda, and discusses his approach to resisting the draft – including the implication of a felony conviction, mass incarnation and the drug-war (7:20)
  • Rick emersed in Russian language to learn about ‘the other’. It’s where his underground career first started when a book was given to him which was partially written under the influence of LSD (11:30)
  • Palmcourt parties were psychedelic parties at college, and it was Rick’s first exposure to psychedelics – and nudist colonies. It was the first time he saw the underground in the open. (14:20)
  • Rick’s first few times with LSD were both emotionally difficult and remarkable (15:20)
  • Rick loves Mescaline – “the most important psychedelic not being studied” (16:40)
  • In 1972 Rick’s guidance counsellor gave him an early copy of Stan Grof’s book – which was fortunate (18:00)
  • The moment Rick realized he wanted to work on psychedelics for the rest of his life (20:00)
  • As an 18-year-old, Rick wrote to Stan Grof – and to his surprise – Stan wrote back! That was the genesis for Rick, and he remains his mentor to this day (22:30)
  • Rick describes a pivotal and influential dream he had – which continues to guide him (23:41)
  • Rick discusses some of the accomplishments of MAPS and how it can operate as a non-profit and public-benefit corporation mix. MAPS has a role to play – and part of a national health care approach around the world. It has built public value – and is leading the way in regulatory systems and a credentialing of therapists (30:00)
  • How do we get this covered by national health care – and demonstrate cost effectiveness? (33:40)
  • Rick views ketamine clinics in different ways: those who offer a pharmacological treatment and those who offer treatment in conjunction with talk therapy – which is much more durable for the patient (35:30)
  • The difference between drug policy reform and drug research – and how they can be aligned (39:00)
  • Ronan apologizes for some public comments he previously made that were misunderstood regarding his views on underground therapy – and Rick talks about a Martin Luther King statue and quote about “those who violate an unjust law to educate others on the injustice have the most respect for the law” (43:20)
  • Rick agrees to join Ronan for a second chat in Part #2 to talk more about the work of MAPS (48:00)



About Ronan

An entrepreneur and a visionary, Ronan is one the founders of Field Trip – with a mission to bring the world to life through psychedelics and psychedelic-enhanced psychotherapy. Concurrent with his work at Field Trip, he is a partner at Grassfed Ventures, a venture capital and advisory firm focused on the cannabis and biotech industries and is Chief Strategy Officer and Member of the Board of Directors for Trait Biosciences Inc., a leading biotech company in the hemp and cannabis industries. Prior to his current roles, Ronan co-founded Canadian Cannabis Clinics and CanvasRx Inc., the latter of which was acquired by Aurora Cannabis Inc. (NYSE: ACB) in 2016, after which he served as Senior Vice President, Business and Corporate Affairs for Aurora. A lawyer by training, Ronan started his career as a corporate lawyer at Blake, Cassels Graydon LLP and Legal Counsel at CTVglobemedia Inc. (now Bell Media Inc.) He holds a Juris Doctor and a Bachelor of Commerce degree, both from the University of Toronto.