The Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies is one of my favorite organizations, and the also the first we have worked closely with here at Threyda. When I realized we had a chance to financially support this kind of research I felt it was something I couldn’t pass up.
It is no secret that we are unabashed fans of the sciences, because we pretty much have to be. Our website and all of the methods we incorporate into the creation process for both our artwork production and reproduction have deep roots in science and technology
To me the research MAPS is doing with psychedelic substances as tools for medicine and psychotherapy is one of the most exciting and worthwhile paths to pursue in this modern age. It is a highly new and uncharted field of study that includes many facets of chemistry, biology and psychology. In a time when prescription medication that yields questionable results and lethally dangerous side effects reaches an astounding level of use it is more important than ever to explore all possible alternatives as we move forward in the quest to understand the human body and provide it with the best possible medicine and care.
The way we see it, researching psychedelics isn’t just a shot in the dark towards possible breakthroughs. These are powerful substances that have been significantly underutilized in modern health sciences due to a huge lack of proper research and understanding. The large amount of propaganda and fear-based information that has seeped into our culture over time has also halted our exploration. The scientific approach will help to shed light on these enigmatic substances in a detailed and thorough manner.
The benefits from these substances have already affected us all. We enjoy so much music, art, technology and culture thanks to the influence they have provided that it is difficult to even paint a complete picture. There were many pioneering developments in the pursuit of the personal computer and the internet that have roots in these substances. Carl Sagan lovingly wrote about the positive benefits of Marijuana on his thought process in his essay “Mr. X”. Francis Crick, the neuroscientist who discovered the DNA strand, credits LSD for leading him to the idea. Steve Jobs said his experience with LSD is one of the most important of his life.
Beyond these historical instances we have everyday people who are beginning to discover the amazing healing properties. Medical Marijuana has become one the most effective medicines available for chemotherapy recovery, insomnia, seizure prevention and pain management, all while being a solution that offers no lethal possibilities. MDMA is being used in psychotherapy sessions to help people reach mental breakthroughs in order to beat tough conditions like PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder). Our friends at MAPS are helping to develop studies for all of these things and more.
I like to think these things are a simple way to explain the positive and powerful potential for this research into a new set of tools for the human body and mind. I hope you’ll take some time to look further into MAPS and if you love the work they are doing as much I do, please consider buying some artwork before April 28th and supporting them in the process!
- Peter Westermann