Multidisciplinary Association For Psychedelic Studies

Rating: 4.89 stars   688 reviews

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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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4 people found this review helpful

When I found MAPS and learned of their commitment to support and expand psychedelic research I was awed, inspired, and profoundly grateful. It's hard to articulate what a strange admixture it was - disbelief, elation, and the profound sense of possibility. I attended the Conference in San Jose, CA in April and the impression was confirmed further. I'd found a dedicated, enlightened and creative organization whose vision and tenacity were palpable. In fact, they promote and support avenues of research for decades condemned, ridiculed and relegated to the illicit margins, research essential to the further illumination of the human psyche and soul, and to the amelioration of human suffering. I made a donation on the spot and will continue to do so. I only wish I had discovered them when I was working toward my Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology because I would have lent a hand to research and written a related thesis, adding to the body of knowledge emerging in the field.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

attending their Psychedelic Research in the 21st Century in April of this year. I have started a dialog with several colleagues involved in related research.

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2010-6-01

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MAPS is a community devoted to using bringing together nature and science to support the elimination of suffering of humans. They're work is helping change the lives of many who would otherwise be in emotional or physical pain from a traumatic events or debilitating disease. I am grateful for the devotion this group has made to a cause that has not been widely appreciated in our culture. They are true pioneers with the courage and love to bring forward new ways of thinking for us all.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I attended a conference they put on earlier this year that allowed me to learn more deeply the science of psychedelics and the many benefits that are available to us. I have also known people whose lives have vastly improved by the work they do.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Honestly can not think of anything that I would change. From what I know I think they are doing a wonderful job.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The knowledge they have brought out to the public about the psychological and physical benefits of psychedelic substances.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

deeply committed to the organization, professional, and very present.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Create more scientific studies to gather more evidence to get these medicines back in use to heal the general population.

Ways to make it better...

...nothing comes to mind

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Changing the public's opinion about the substances they are promoting as medicine.

One thing I'd also say is that...

This organization's leadership has so much heart, courage, patience, and intelligence. I am very impressed.

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2010-5-01

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Great team of people who pulled off an incredible conference - first scientific review of psychedelic science in 17 years. I connected with thought leaders and medical professionals with a shared vision treatment, and got to review the evidence for areas of research that are loaded with potential. My career track has shifted, towards a new and positive direction as a result of the conference.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Contact and collaboration with like-minded individuals.

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2010-4-01

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I found MAPS through my individual therapy work. MAPS provides a network of information, sharing ideas and procedures to help the growth of these (currently) alternative methods. Unlike most medical research, the dividends from MAPS members research are consistently huge and hard to ignore. It is rare to be bold in today's world - unless there's tons of money to be made. MAPS is not interested in the money, but the results for a healthier population. The boldness comes from re-thinking tradition, and using some of science's newest theories that are aligning nicely with very old, traditions of past cultures. The things we have "forgotten" and are now rediscovering are likely to become the science of the next few years; I see it as a parallel path in two fields - one concerned with the details and scientific reasoning, and one concerned with people and emotion. MAPS is the bridge between the world of science and human emotion and thought, a truly powerful area when the two are combined.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my own life and the lives of several friends who I referred.

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If our species and small world is to last much longer we better support positive change for our environment and consciousness.For decades MAPS has taken the lead in destigmatizing psychoactive medicines and supporting research to further understand their practical uses, with ongoing and increasing success.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my own life and observing the social change around me.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

give them a lot more money.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

observing the integrity and humor in their operations as they grow.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

kind, intelligent, good humored and very effective.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

support more meaningful research sooner.

Ways to make it better...

I had been positioned to contribute more.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

ignorance and propaganda.

One thing I'd also say is that...

the understanding of the intellect goes only so far while the boundless ocean of love can reside in a single human heart.

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The best network of folks I've found in a decade of searching worldwide... I'm new to the group but find them thoroughly laudable.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Educated, informative Facebook posts and monthly e-mailings.

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2010-6-01

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I had the honor of meeting several MAPS scientists at a conference in San Francisco and was immediately impressed with the quality and legitimacy of the research being conducted. America's insistence that natural, herbal substances which humanity has been using for thousands of years are evil whereas synthetic pharmaceuticals produced by corporations for profit are safe enough to force upon unsuspecting children is so backwards and disgusting that MAPS deserves as much funding as possible in order to shift humanity back onto the right track.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my everyday life, which has been greatly enhanced by the research and substances MAPS deals with on a daily basis.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Broaden its fundraising campaigns! MAPS' only problem is its lack of funding

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the open-mindedness of the researchers

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

kind, understanding, and dedicated to improving people's lives.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

fight back against the propaganda-driven Drug War Machine.

Ways to make it better...

I were able to donate my time to the organization

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

funding and being taken seriously. The research itself is as legitimate as any done anywhere, but America's propaganda-based anti-drug viewpoint means they hardly have a chance.

One thing I'd also say is that...

MAPS is one of the very few NPOs with the possibility of improving humanity across the board, rather than just a small segment of a specific population

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It's never easy being on the cutting edge of scientific development, especially when that edge invites controversy. That usually makes you mostly a target. MAPS faces the challenges with dignity, integrity and with a degree of uncompromising intellectual honesty that has been awarded with measurable results, scientific recognition and growing influence. They need to be supported to be able to do more and to do so at a increased rate so to shorten the suffering of the PTSD sufferers who have yet to find relief.

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research and writing

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2009-1-01

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MAPS means a lot of things to a wide variety of people. While their mission statement (to develop psychedelics into therapeutic aids) is indeed a noble and legitimate cause, the organization represents a whole lot more and inspires people far beyond its expressed cause. They give voice to and unite a community of scientists, artists, and spiritualists who are all inspired by psychedelics in some way or another, and I personally feel that MAPS challenges this community to articulate the many beneficial uses of psychedelics. They offer hope that psychedelics can not only be used to improve the world around us, but that the society we live in is also responsive to psychedelics as a vessel for change.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the last year at several different events and working with staff members at the office. I have heard testimonies of the healing that has taken place in their clinical trials and I have met the many supporters who have been moved by MAPS mission.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Donate more time and money to their cause, make their presence and purpose more public, and find a wider array of venues by which to spread their cause and find support.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

seeing how the MAPS message is translated by those who come in contact with the organization, and how those specific, personal interpretations motivate and influence said individuals and those they correspond with.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

people dedicated to the MAPS cause from the deepest part of their heart.

Ways to make it better...

I could recreate it for as many people as possible.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

overcoming the powerful social stigmas that surround psychedelic usage.

One thing I'd also say is that...

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2010-6-01

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In the world of research, psychedelic studies are the scary redheaded step-child who may very likely grow up to save us all. Hints of amazingly powerful results with limited use and minimal danger of side effects prove these substances need to be looked into, but it is still a third-rail zone for too many people and organizations. This realm of research is chronically under-financed because it is misunderstood and legalities are intricate and dangerous. The possibilities of great results are so great it is hard to believe. MAPS supports research world-wide. We need to support MAPS.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Friends who have been helped, learning about possibilities

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Find a reliable cure for PTSD and OCD within a couple of years.

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2010-1-01

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