When I read that Naomi Osaka was fined $ 15,000 for not speaking to the press during the French Open, I thought I wasn’t blaming her. Like a businesswoman, she is a one-of-a-kind athlete, not part of a team that is likely to be in their contracts that they must allow the press access. I fully understand your desire to boycott the media. Then the story took a different turn; She struggles with depression and anxiety. To be able to say that in public is huge. As a globally respected leader in her field, she has just put herself at the top of the list as a role model.
On the other hand, I just finished listening to our friend John Heilemann’s podcast, Hell & Highwater, and had a fascinating conversation with Rick Doblin. Rick Doblin has been a pioneer for decades in bringing mind-altering drugs for medical and response-oriented uses into the mainstream for over three decades. He is the founder of MAPS, the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies Organization. This is their mission; MAPS Public Benefit Corporation (MAPS PBC) catalyzes healing and well-being through the development of psychedelic drugs, training programs for therapists, and the sale of prescription-only psychedelics that put public benefits above profit. MAPS PBC was founded in 2014 and is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization.
Ever since I started using recreational drugs, I’ve always believed that they would eventually become legal. We are nearly there. Much research has been done on the benefits of drugs such as ketamine, MMDA, and other psychicillin drugs that can produce significant results when working with a therapist. I know because I had more than a few friends who would tell you that these drugs saved their lives. Especially those struggling with depression.
There is certainly a discrepancy between politicians who understand these drugs and the people who use them. If you’ve watched Crime of the Century you would find that most politicians follow suit without really understanding the issues in general, but that’s for another blog post.
Mental health is talked about more and more these days. We’ve all just had a crazy social experience called a pandemic, and it touched us all in different ways that many of us haven’t yet understood. Years ago I saw a number of startups creating a marketplace for therapies. Conceptually, I love the idea, but I’m afraid it should be heavily regulated to help someone overcome psychological pain and get a better understanding of themselves. It’s not like being a fitness trainer at the gym, where many really aren’t qualified, but that doesn’t work your mind.
I look forward to a time when an athlete, or any other person standing in public, can comfortably say that I’ve had to deal with depression my entire life. I may be the best at my game, but mentally I couldn’t handle my demons. I’ve worked with a therapist every week who takes ketamine and researched Toad Venom to take me to another level and I take Lexapro daily and it has worked wonders.
We have used drugs in this country as a reason to put people in jail, not to do research and help their welfare, or even to sit back and have fun. The war on drugs was never about drugs. Perhaps people my age who have been stoned since college and have been using mind altering drugs have a better understanding of how positive they are, just as gay marriage has accelerated quickly because we all know someone who is gay that we can find We won’t have to wait a few more decades to legalize all drugs and put them in a positive light.