I support MAPS because I believe wholeheartedly in the benefits of psychedelics if used purposefully and mindfully as tools for healing. As a 25 year old who has suffered from OCD, PTSD and depression for much of their life, and having tried different medications and psychotherapies with only short term relief that came with many side effects, it was only after my first use of LSD in a healing environment (a forest, with loved ones), did I truly feel capable of understanding and approaching complete management and recovery. I understood my own reality and experiences in a way I had never done so before. The same (although slightly different) profound healing moments occurred with MDMA, psilocybin and mescaline. I have and only will go on these journeys a handful of times in my life, but that is all that is needed. If you truly desire release from your demons and are willing to hold onto the lessons that psychedelics have to offer, I fully believe that they are capable of assisting you greatly. Thank you, MAPS, for raising awareness and conducting research into the benefits of these fascinating chemical angels.
I'm personally living with ptsd, social anxiety, anxiety and panic disorder. On the outside I try and look appear and act as normal as could be, but little do people know my battle internally with just trying to convince myself to remain living. Pharmaceuticals do NOT help me nor several others I know who suffer in silence. It's way past the time for better research and better options.
The need for new and innovative techniques to tackling a variety of mental health problems is now needed more than ever! The stresses of everyday existence and the increase in technological advances has brought about more mental health issues than ever before. It's great to see that organistations like this are using alternative tools which generate great results! Keep up the good work MAPS, hopefully one day I'll even be able to join you in making psychedelic studies mainstream and accepted within society.
I support MAPS because I'm a 30yr old Iraq and Hurricane Katrina veteran. I've been decorated for my service and recieved an honorable discharge. The Dept. of Veterans Affairs has given me a 100% disability rating for PTSD. I've been in cognitive behavioral therapy for almost six years now. I get so afraid of experiencing the fear of some sessions it discourages me from going or being able to go as deeply into it. It will leave me fatigued for day. I have to take an hour and a half train ride to/from most of my appointments, which for someone who's constantly checking people's hands subconsciously and a problem with turning off that fight or flight feeling.. isn't exactly cohesive for therapy sessions.
I suffer from night terrors, most of the symptoms of PTSD, Major Depressive Disorder, Generalized Panic Disorcder, etc..
I've had experience with MDMA while visiting friends while on leave visiting friends at Brown and I can definitely see how a properly conducted and distributed amount of MDMA would help myself and other veterans like me.
They've tried 6 or 7 different SSRI's and SNRI's and nothing has helped. Wellbutrin, Mirtzapine, trazadone, lorazepam, Ativan, klonopin.. I've had to be perscribed stomach medications and have had to deal with side effects of all these medications. My medicine cabinet looks like a pharmacy. Friendships and relationships in my life have suffered. medical marijuana has finally helped me actually get some sleep sometimes and I have a license for it. I can't admit that to the VA or my doctor though because I would lose my benefits and basically end up homeless.
These studies, all thevwork that MAPS is doing is helping my brothers and sisters-in-arms and will hopefully (if the US Government and pharmaceutical companies allow) will eventually help me. I'm holding on to hope they will succeed but I am broken and online one voice. If anyone can help them or their research please do.
I'd like to help any way I can.
MAPS, is a leading researcher & advocate for Psychedelics for healing PTSD, depression, anxiety disorders, for Spiritual growth & self-discovery.
* Zendo, MAPS Psychedelic Harm Reduction Organization works at festivals training 100s of people a year, assisting many more.
* MAPS has completed Phase 1 & 2 FDA/DEA approved trials for MDMA “Combined Therapy” working at John Hopkins with Vets w/PTSD w/great success & heads into phase 3 trials for approval 2017...Psilocybin-for End of Life issues... They've made a considerable contribution to Psychedelic education, research & medicine,,, Freedom of Consciousness...
I support MAPS' work because I am in favour of learning how we as a species can make happiness more accessible. The results of pushing to develop more psychedelic medicines have repeatedly confirmed the validity of this caus and we need a great variety of tools at our disposal.
I feel this is one of the most important groups around and I wholly support them. Psychedelic substances have made a huge contribution to my life and well being, as well as to the lives of many people I know. I think all humans have the desire to change, grow and expand their consciousness and that governments should not limit their ability to do so. MAPS has been tireless in their quest to prove the efficacy of this medicine.
MAPS is such a solid organization!! I recently participated in a professional training program with them and my mind was opened to new ways of thinking and novel approaches to therapy. Additionally, they took really good care of us from start to finish. They really believe in the potential of psychedelics for healing, without being dogmatic, and they're also just good, down-to-earth people. I envision a future involving a cultural shift toward a more sophistocated and holistic understanding of healing, and I see MAPS at the helm!!
The PTSD pharmaceuticals didn't work. Some made it much worse. Cannabis saved my life. I'll never go back to the poisons!
Thank you MAPS for fighting to end this ignorant/corrupt drugwar!
The front runners in a movement that will be one of the largest global shifts towards a better world. There are so many ways in which our society is suffering (psychologically, emotionally, spiritually), usually involuntarily, and we are left with inadequate tools and outdated information to address these very serious issues. MAPS is dedicated to moving culture beyond the fear of the "War on Drugs" days to an educated, brighter and healthier tomorrow.