Hear The Music Used During Government Approved MDMA Psychotherapy Sessions


MAPS, also known as the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies, researches the medical benefits of psychoactive substances. Some of the drugs that many of us use to party on the weekends can be used to treat serious afflictions like PTSD, and it’s the folks over at MAPS who are figuring out how to use them properly.

Among the drugs that they’ve been researching are MDMA, LSD, Cannabis, Ayahuasca and more. Their most popular study happening right now is their MDMA research:

We are studying whether MDMA-assisted psychotherapy can help heal the psychological and emotional damage caused by sexual assault, war, violent crime, and other traumas. We are also studying MDMA-assisted therapy for autistic adults with social anxiety and MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for people with anxiety related to life-threatening illnesses.

When poking around their website, you may eventually come across this page here, which details the music they use during their MDMA-assisted psychotherapy sessions. We, of course, had to know what they were playing for the patients. There are two different playlists use, simply titled Set A and Set B.

Set A includes music from the likes of Hans Zimmer, specifically his score for the movie Thin Red Line. This selection was particularly surprising, considering Thin Red Line is a war movie (however the music itself isn’t super intense). Set A also includes music from Rasa, who have a spiritual, eastern sound, and the composer Vangelis, who utilizes synthesizers in a more orchestral manner.

While Set A contains a list of music from film scores, Set B is sorted into several different categories: Beginning, Medium Active/Drama, More Active, Most Active, and Quiet. These selections are clearly used for specific reasons, with Grammy award winning artist Peter Kater‘s album Migration leading things off in the Beginning section. The Drama section has the music from The Last Of The Mohicans, and the Quiet section features the successful new age composer Yanni.

Of course, we weren’t expecting MAPS to be playing Pretty Lights or FKJ to their patients, but we can’t help but wonder why the chose the music they did. Below is the full list of music from both Set A and Set B so you can explore some of it yourself. Enjoy!

Set A

(Artist – Album)

Aeoliah – Angel Love
Afro Celt Sound System – Volume III: Further In Time
Carter Burwell – Rob Roy: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack From the Film
David Lyndon Huff – World Beat.
Deuter – Garden of the Gods
Deva Premal – The Essence
Diane Arkenstone – Healing Spirit
Flesh & Bone –Skeleton Woman
John Serrie – And the Stars Go with You
Jonathan Elias – The Prayer Circle
Israel Houghton – The Power of One
Lost at Last – Lost at Last
Cecil McBee – Compassion
Raphael – Music to Disappear In
Olo – Anima
Mari Boine Persen – Gula Gula
Peter Kater –How the West Was Lost
Rasa – Union
Robbie Robertson – Robbie Robertson
Paul Schwartz – State of Grace
Spirit Nation – Spirit Nation
Suvarna – Fire of the Oracle
Vangelis – 1492-Conquest of Paradise
Chuck – Wild – Liquid Mind IV: Unity
Hans Zimmer & Lisa Gerrard – Gladiator
Hans Zimmer – Thin Red Line

Set B

(Artist – Album)


Peter Kater – Migration

More Active

Michael Pluznick – Where the Rain is Born

Most Active

Vicki Hansen – Earth Heart
Tya – Tribal Sutras

Medium Active/Drama

Mars Lasar – Karma
Ennio Morricone – Film Music
Irene Papas – Odes
Rasa – Devotion
The Last of the Mohicans
Vangelis – Antarctica: Music From Koreyoshi Kurahara’s Film
Hans Zimmer – Black Hawk Down


Deva Premal – Love is Space
Alex Jones & Doug Cutler – Kali’s Dream
Native Flute Ensemble. Spirit Wind: Native American Flute.
Chuck Wild – Liquid Mind
Yanni – In My Time