Multidisciplinary Association For Psychedelic Studies

Rating: 4.89 stars   688 reviews

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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9 people found this review helpful

MAPS is a wonderful organization that should be part of every medical research center. The mind is the most powerful portion of a human, why wouldn’t we be doing everything possible to unlock the mysteries of that extraordinary part of existence. Psychedelics are the catalyst that clarifies consciousness thinking. Done in a proper setting, the psychedelic experience will be life changing in a positive way while rising up awareness and understanding of life’s natural path to harmony. I know that consciousness expansion is a must, and should be at the top subject of the media, government, churches, schools, and in the community. Let’s keep supporting MAPS and other foundations like it to keep doing all the beautiful research and putting these psychedelics in the main stream. If everyone could understand the medical and life enhancement implications of these substances, it shouldn’t be too hard to get them to the public………….RIGHT ! Once the media, government, churches, schools, and community start educating and putting psychedelics on the top priority list then we can see massive change in this world. Thank you MAPS for getting us closer and closer every day.

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MAPS is helping overcome a cultural prejudice against science and psychedelics in the United States by finding legitimate uses for scheduled substances through medical research. As a long-time sufferer of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, having received a stem-cell transplant and many subsequent courses of chemotherapy, I am grateful for their work. As one approaching end of life issues, I am more than grateful.

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I hope for the future, that others may have available what I myself did not.

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2010-3-01

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To Whomever, I have just recently come across this cutting edge organization and am quiet impressed with it's endeavors to treat the multitudes of conditions and illnesses that conventionally, are non-treatable. Unless someone takes the lead to treat these ills of humanity in new ways, there will never be help for the multitudes of individuals that suffer day after day, with no relief in sight. Conventional medicine and the drug companies have continued to prove with their actions that they are more interested in profit, than the relief of human suffering. Only with brave new research into these fields of relief, will we be able to find that which works.

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relief of pain!

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

alleviate more pain and suffering within humanity, that is not available anywhere else.

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The Multi-disciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies is providing a valuable role in researching novel medicines to treat and heal PTSD and other serious medical issues that currently do not have effective treatment modalities. By working closely with the Federal Drug Administration MAPS has successfully conducted an important Phase 2 Study for the treatment of PTSD with MDMA. I have been affiliated with MAPS since its inception, and have watched as this organization over the years has effectively taken a humanitarian role in the approval of medicines that may assist to relieve the disease and suffering of many people who are currently without hope. I highly recommend that anyone interested in the field of research and making a donation review the website at www.maps.org.

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The gratitude of the individuals who have participated in the FDA approved MDMA PTSD study.

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2010-5-01

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This is one of the few organizations supporting the research of psychedelics. The work they're doing is invaluable. I have nothing but tremendous respect for MAPS and I wish they had all the resources and funding in the world to do what they need to do. Psychedelics have been demonized in the west and MAPS is helping to discover all of their potential. They're a wonderful organization.

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the slow breakdown of the stronghold against psychedelic research come down in the face of the psychedelic science that MAPS puts out.

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2009-6-01

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MAPS is a nonprofit that is deeply committed to research and healing potentials. They are providing an incredible service to all people who are interested in healing.

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using the information that they have provided to help myself, friends, and clients.

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MAPS is doing a critical service that no one else is doing, at least to this scale. The research that MAPS is conducting will hopefully make valuable medical treatments available to people that are currently withheld from the public for legal reasons.

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my community.

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it's pretty clear that we can't rely on Big Pharma to design safe medicines that work--lying about results, cheating on FDA approvals, making drugs with side effects worse than the disease--so MAPS is stepping up to do so. the fact that the clinical trials and conferences they designs, funds, and otherwise supports are on drugs that have been the subject of cultural and political repression for years only compounds the importance of what they're doing. MAPS has the technical know-how, the political savvy, and the guts to change how medicine is made.

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conferences, fundraisers, and their santa cruz office.

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It was unlikely weather for the month of April on the coast of Northern California. The kind of -just the right temperature- clear beautiful light blue skies, and the sun that bathed us just enough to experience what I call the “shower of warmth.” As we drove up the beautiful coast of California heading from our home in Woodland Hills to San Jose to attend the “Psychedelic Science in the 21st Century” conference, I thought of the diversity of my so many interests and activities and the years I have shared these activities with my husband, Oren, who not only supports my choices but rather enjoys the quality of living they add to our lives. The conference was the first of its kind in the last 40 years and I was excited to be part of such highly accredited and intelligent Academia people from scientists to psychologists, psychiatrists, medical field professionals, and great thinkers and practitioners of health from all over the world. As I flipped the first page of the program designed by MAPS (The Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies) I read the organization’s mission: 1.To treat conditions for which conventional medicines provide limited relief- such as posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), pain, drug dependence, anxiety and depression associated with end-of-life issues- by developing psychedelics and marijuana into prescription medicines. 2.To cure many thousands of people by building a network of clinics where treatments can be provided. 3.To educate the public honestly about the risks and benefits of psychedelics and marijuana. I thought to myself, what is it in this statement that attracts me and excites me to belong? What are the commonalities I find that between me and those 1,000 strangers that feel like family to me. And the answer is: Truth. I eagerly ran from lecture to lecture excited to learn. I received vast amounts of information on how, with proper use, healing with plants and chemicals can be used as a therapeutic guidance. Those substances are tools that operate the technology of the mind. Just like the techniques in NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming), Time Line Therapy, and Hypnosis. What’s common between those doctors and myself is that we are truth seekers and we all believe that the mind has capabilities of healing everything whether physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual, but thanks to technological advancements we now can prove it. Once again, as many times before in my journey towards understanding the relationship of man between the Universe, himself, and others, I found myself listening to various people from many walks of life saying basically the same statement: “ We are one with all that exists. We are affecting and affected by everything in our environment…internally and externally.” This was not just another conference for me. The content of the conference was interesting, I collected new information that developed my thinking and skills, I asked deep, strong questions and got educated in an area that affects me not only as a coach but as a member of the human family, I got numerous confirmations to my own theory that the mind is an inner technological device, the highest technological device that can be found on the planet and that we are using just a fraction of its potential and that there are ways and techniques that we must LEARN in order to use its full potential. But that was not all that I got - most touching to me is that I got hope, and great positive excitement that the human family is seeking truth, the human family is seeking peace, and health, and caring for one another and to belong to such company was an honor that filled my heart.

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This organization is the culmination of a 20 year struggle by pioneers in the use and understanding of psychedelics to bring together biochemists, physicians, and lay voyagers in support of furthering our understanding of these astounding and absolutely unique drugs.

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Having been part of the psychedelic exploration since 1963, I saw a wonderful conference in which excellent biochemists from the Universities met with spiritual voyagers from the lay community to share information and points of view.

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

Fund it more heavily such that it (1) can hold more such conferences, and (2) disseminate its points of view much more broadly.

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

Their conference in April plus the follow-up communications about related matters

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

Very helpful, courteous, kind, etc.

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

Actually design and fund research, in addition to having a conference like this every couple of years.

Ways to make it better...

The quality of food at the conference site hotel was not very good, and the hotel's location was such that the only alternatives were a small cluster of chain restaurants of modest quality.

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

To continue the momentum which was demonstrated at the conference of April, 2010

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

Like anything with power, a psychedelic drug can do either good or harm.

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