Pedram Dara

Personal experiences with MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for PTSD


It all started at the age of 19 when I left my home country, family, friends and everything I’d owned and loved to take control of my destiny. I travelled the world from east to west, country by country and after two months I finally arrived in Canada as a refugee with $50 in my pocket and a few words of English in my head.

After struggling with chronic PTSD or Post-traumatic Stress Disorder for 15 years, I was lucky enough to be chosen as the only participant to receive MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for PTSD legally in Canada as part of a phase 2 research study conducted by the non-profit called Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies.


Designing the psychedelic patient experience through the participant’s eye is an area that needs special attention as the need for these types of treatments grows both for research and clinical settings.

This talk will provide an overview of the patient healing experience during a MAPS study of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for PTSD including what life was like before and during the study as well as life after the study. It’ll also touch upon what worked, what didn’t, and what can improve to better design these experiences with a more patient-centric approach.



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