Multidisciplinary Association For Psychedelic Studies

Rating: 4.89 stars   688 reviews 4,238

Issues: Mental Health, Health

Location: 1215 Mission Street Santa Cruz CA 95060 USA

Mission: Founded in 1986, the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit research and educational organization that develops medical, legal, and cultural contexts for people to benefit from the careful uses of psychedelics and marijuana. MAPS furthers its mission by: -Developing psychedelics and marijuana into prescription medicines -Training therapists and working to establish a network of treatment centers -Supporting scientific research into spirituality, creativity, and neuroscience -Educating the public honestly about the risks and benefits of psychedelics and marijuana MAPS envisions a world where psychedelics and marijuana are safely and legally available for beneficial uses, and where research is governed by rigorous scientific evaluation of their risks and benefits.
Results: MAPS has completed two Phase 2 FDA studies using MDMA-assisted psychotherapy to treat PTSD, and is in the process of four other similar studies. MAPS also has a study looking at LSD-assisted psychotherapy for treating end-of-life anxiety, an outcome study of the benefits of ibogaine for opiate dependence, and a protocol to investigate medical marijuana to relieve symptoms of PTSD.
Target demographics: Any person whose life may be aided by the transformative nature of psychedelic psychotherapy
Geographic areas served: Worldwide
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Rating: 5 stars  

Mr Doblin, and Dr & Mrs Mithoefer, likely would decline the designation "heroes." Nevertheless, the healing which is on the cusp of realization and for which the world owes MAPS, will show that they deserve the title. This is equally true for MAPS' other researchers and staff, though they are less in the spotlight. Money donated to MAPS goes toward the work, and I'm proud and pleased to support them.

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Rating: 5 stars  

MAPS is doing research that will allow people in the modern Western world to finally understand that consciousness can be changed, trauma can be healed, and neurosis can be transmuted into strength. MAPS is changing medical views of what is pathological/ terminal and what is within our power to transform. Though this work could have been accomplished long ago if not for draconian drug laws, MAPS should be commended a thousand times more profusely since they have managed to thrive even within a resistant and ignorant cultural paradigm. This is history that will be remembered fondly by anyone who enjoys the benefits of exploring the freedom of human consciousness in the future. In my personal opinion, the victory of this research will change the world in ways that will be analogous to any of the great philosophical triumphs in history. I recommend that MAPS be awarded with the highest honors imaginable since their main purpose is to deeply study human consciousness and use that knowledge to alleviate as much suffering as they can without compromising health, quality of life, or individual liberty.

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Rating: 5 stars  

The insights gained by these plant medicines can be tremendously healing and life-changing. This is the most important research being done today to further our understanding of the effect of plant medicines on our mental health. This could be the most effective aid for ending depression, ptsd, anxiety, addiction, and fear of death anxiety in hospice situations. I am so thankful this research is being pursued. I think the benefits to humanity in terms of limiting suffering will be tremendous.

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Rating: 5 stars  

In a country where the government prohibits legitimate scholarly research into the efficacies of natural plant medicines, MAPS bravely marches forward, providing valuable information to the people regarding plant medicine treatments that are otherwise suppressed. Eventually, in the face of overwhelming evidence, the government will have no choice but to allow the use of plant medicines. MAPS appears to be totally committed to amassing evidence and providing valuable information to the public until the tipping point is attained.

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Rating: 5 stars  

By developing medicines to heal trauma, addiction, depression while supporting freedom of consciousness makes MAPS the one of the most important and undervalued organisation today. Not only individuals need a non-stigmatised and non-criminalised climate to find healing, we as a species, if we want to address our own shortcomings and ailments, need it too. Therefore I support MAPS with all my love and compassion.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Their work is courageous and crucial.
The medicines are currently banned for emotional and political reasons.

Let's use science to decide on the potential uses.

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Rating: 5 stars  

The work that MAPS does is not only revolutionary, but necessary. MAPS advocates for the use of medicines that have been outlawed for nothing other than political reasons; said medicines have beautiful transformational power and provide an alternative method for folks dealing with diseases from depression to addiction, to end-of-life anxiety. MAPS advocates for the necessity of the scientific community having access to these medicines so that society is able to empirically understand their potential. Without the ability to and benefits of research, we are left in the dark and must rely on anecdotal information that the government provides. With the amount of healing that is needed on American soil, these medicines MUST be studied. Politics must not prevail. Power to the people. Just say know. Thank you for all that you do, MAPS, you are changing lives across the globe!

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Rating: 5 stars  

Thanks to the brave work of MAPS, research into the effects of psychedelic drugs on consciousness have become a growing field of study in American academia.
The recent studies and their promising results are leading to a wider interest in psychedelic substances. My work with some of those substances have paved my way out of addiction and changed my life for the better in ways I didn't think possible.

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Rating: 5 stars  

MAPS has taken the lead in guts. It takes guts to dedicate time and energy to their cause, and it is truly a noble one. Psychedelics are to the mind what the telescope is to the cosmos. Their professionalism and dedication bring a level of legitimacy and publicity necessary to encourage honest discussion about these potentially groundbreaking tools. Keep up the good work.

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