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Part II: Who’s Researching the Researchers?

Mar 23, 2023
This is the concluding feature story in the multi-part Dig series, “The Ecstasy of Agony,” investigating the politics of psychedelic research and its commercialization, with a focus on the historic and present-day links between psychedelia and the military. The first feature explored how veterans were deployed by the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies' (MAPS) as public relations mascots to gain public sympathy for psychedelic pharmaceutical agendas. This piece delves deeper into the lived experiences of veterans recruited by MAPS and explores allegations of manipulation tactics on the part of MAPS and its researchers — allegations that raise serious questions about MAPS' methods and relationships with veterans over the last decade.

Has the military been secretly conducting its own MDMA studies?

Nov 30, 2022
In previously unreported statements made at the 2017 International Drug Policy Reform Conference, Rick Doblin, executive director of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), discussed rumors of secret Pentagon studies with MDMA, as well as the reasons for hesitancy on the part of some government agencies to fund MAPS’ research.