Dr. Charles Grob er Professor i Psykiatri og Biobehavioral Sciences og Pædiatri ved UCLA SOM.
Han har forsket i brugen af psykedeliske substanser, bl.a. brugen af ayahuasca i rituelle sammenhænge i Sydamerika.
I dette interview fortæller han om sit arbejde med MDMA, psilocybin og ayahuasca.
"another potential indication is ... looking at the use of an MDMA treatment model with individuals adults on the autism spectrum, who have severe social anxieties. We were targeting the social anxiety, not the autism spectrum per se ... we got some very good results there. Unfortunately there have been no follow up studies."
26:20 - om ayahuascas juridiske status i bestemte religiøse sammenhænge:
then it was appealed for the final time to the US supreme court where in February 2006 it was ruled unanimously again to support the original decision of the judge to protect the freedom of religious rights. So in the US, at least in the context of the UDV, ayahuasca has some legal protection.
44:18 - udfordringer ved klinisk brug:
as we are demonstrating some success in these research studies ... we are faced with the dilemma how this treatment gets implemented in the real world. First and foremost one has to be concerned with establishing the safety parameters. Two - and related - one has to have very strong ethical structures ... we are going to need some kind of certification process ...
48:00 - udfordringer ifht. kommercialisering:
There is another issue. As word is getting out there is a greater acceptance and greater interest there is a growing perception that these compounds might be the source of significant commercial profit. Investors want to jump in the game, they might see it as the new Cannabis industry ... individuals are investing in this area, they are hoping for a return of their investment.
This becomes problematic from an ethical point of view and from the pragmatic point of view regarding how the research is structured, you need to maintain strong objectivity. What we can see in the mainstream pharmaceutical world where there is enormous profit on the line sometimes the data can get massaged and twisted around ...