From unique individual stories to informative and educational talks on psychedelics and health care  research and reform, People: On Drugs: Boston will focus on psychedelics and their therapeutic potential in a clinical setting as well as explore nature’s splendid biodiversity of plants and medicines, and their effective uses in society.

The evening will consist of short talks followed by a cocktail mixer, music, art showing, poster defense, and conversation. The event will also serve as a fundraiser for Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) most recent campaign Legalizing Psychedelic Therapy.

Psymposia looks to create awareness and constructive dialog amongst students, educators, activists, professionals, artists, the medical community and curious minds alike. 

People: On Drugs: Boston

Rick Doblin, Phd 
Legalizing Psychedelic Therapy

Rick Doblin, Ph.D., is the founder and executive director of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS). He received his doctorate in Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, where he wrote his dissertation on the regulation of the medical uses of psychedelics and marijuana and his Master’s thesis on a survey of oncologists about smoked marijuana vs. the oral THC pill in nausea control for cancer patients. His undergraduate thesis at New College of Florida was a 25-year follow-up to the classic Good Friday Experiment, which evaluated the potential of psychedelic drugs to catalyze religious experiences. He also conducted a thirty-four year follow-up study to Timothy Leary’s Concord Prison Experiment. Rick studied with Dr. Stanislav Grof and was among the first to be certified as a Holotropic Breathwork practitioner. His professional goal is to help develop legal contexts for the beneficial uses of psychedelics and marijuana, primarily as prescription medicines but also for personal growth for otherwise healthy people, and eventually to become a legally licensed psychedelic therapist. He founded MAPS in 1986, and currently resides in Boston with his wife and three children.


Peter Addy, Phd

“The effects of psychoactive drugs on interoception and embodied consciousness, or: Losing your body on Salvia is a heavy trip”

Dr. Addy is profoundly interested in the relationships that people develop with psychoactive substances. As a postdoctoral associate in a psychopharmacology lab he gave people drugs, including salvinorin A, THC, and ketamine. As a psychology resident at a substance abuse treatment unit he helped people who wanted to stop using drugs. He recently traveled to Mexico with a non-profit group studying personal and cultural relationships with psychedelic plants among indigenous people, and he is developing a private psychotherapy practice in the New Haven area. 

Efrem Nulman, Phd
The Evolution of Harm Reduction

Efrem Nulman Ph.D. has served many positions, including the former senior univeristy Dean of Students and Director of Health and Substance Use at Yeshiva University, as well as a member of the Study Support Team for the Psychedelic Research Group at New York University Medical School. He's currently senior consultant for health and substance use at Wellness Enterprise in New York City.

Sabrina Fendrick
Higher Thoughts: A Perspective On The Cannabis Experience

Sabrina Fendrick has been with NORML, the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, for over six years, and currently works out of their newly opened Denver satellite office as both the Director of Strategic Partnerships, and chapter coordinator for the southeast and western regions of the country. In 2010, Sabrina founded the NORML Women’s Alliance, and formerly worked as the Director of Women’s Outreach where she developed female-focused awareness campaigns to educate and empower women to speak out on behalf of reform. She has been quoted in several national and international news publications, including the Associated Press, Fortune Magazine, the Washington Post, and the London Times.  She is a member of the Students for Sensible Drug Policy Advisory Council, and serves on the Advisory Board for the Marijuana Majority.

Lex Pelger | Master of Ceremonies

Lex Pelger is a drug writer & scientist based in Brooklyn, New York. His current project - "People of the Cannabinoids" is a graphic novel about cannabis that focuses on the intricacies of the human endocannabinoid system. Lex writes about psychoactives & sexuality - including a recent article titled: The War on Weed is a War on the Elderly