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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Rating: 5 stars  

11 people found this review helpful

MAPS has helped to educate me regarding the potential medical use of psychedelic compounds. Because these substances are anathema in the society at large, MAPS has been terrific in funding education and research.

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

community building.

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

international scope.

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

warm, interested, and generous.

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

change the world!

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2010-4-01

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9 people found this review helpful

I fully support MAPS and it's mission. As someone who has worked in the Amazon with indigenous groups and been shown the usefulness of plants such as Ayahuasca and San Pedro I see a great need for an org. like MAPS to exist. I know of no other org that does what MAPS does.

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

Make them more visible.

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

The people working there.

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

Interesting and helpfull.

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

fund more studies.

Ways to make it better...

no problems.

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

the lac of knowledge and understanding of the general public in relation to their work.

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

hope MAPS will thrive in the future

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2009-1-01

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9 people found this review helpful

MAPS does great work by trying to improve the lives of those with conditions for which traditional medications have failed!

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

colleagues and the literature

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8 people found this review helpful

For many of us, one of the most profound experiences in our lives is connected to psychedelics. After a comet like explosion in the 60's, this misunderstood tool became like the kid in class who misbehaves and is sent to the back corner of the room. MAPS, like a wise teacher, coaxed that kid back to the center of the room, to its proper place. Thank god for MAPS!

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

a renewed worldwide interest in the serious study of psychedelics.

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2010-6-01

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9 people found this review helpful

I am a 64 yr old, middle class non-drug using female. All of my experimentation was when I was young. But I've never forgotten the experiences. There is a place for hallucinogenic drugs in mankind's future. Moderation (and thoughtfulness and reasonableness) are all reasons that I support MAPS. Their place in our future must be supported.

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research.

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

support their future.

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

Only by email and phone but always, always, always helpful.

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

Continue their research.

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My experience has been perfect. No rudeness from the people here. Just a desire to help.

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

Continued funding.

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I wish them and their not-so-always-understood efforts well.

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Just at the moment i sit at my Mac, at home in Switzerland/Bern writing a homework for my study in Psychotherapy about PTSD-therapy. Because there is also one MDMA/PTSD Study in Switzerland sponsored by maps, i use this site for getting all my information i need. I honour the work of MAPS for their enthusiasm and professionality in proceeding all the work which is needed to become psychoactives useful and legal medicine. In my profession as therapist i see many people suffering on their illnesses not finding a way to their inner being. I think, MDMA used in a professional kind of therapy is a powerful instrument for finding out of a problem related world into a self regulated one by recognizing one's own responsibility. And this by a way no other regular psychopharmaka supported therapy can afford.

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

supporting my researches by giving me all the information i need.

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

translate all the contents of MAPS in all languages of the world.

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

their enthusiasm and their professionality

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

...all open hearted!

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

become a bit more known in the outback of the world and then even get another ten million for their work, because more people would make more donations instead of wasting their money for unuseful things.

Ways to make it better...

the site was in german ;-)

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

legalisation of psychedelics for professional use.

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

MAPS brings FACTS.

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2010-6-01

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I have been a memeber of MAPS for 9 years. My experience is absolutely positive. This is a unique organization that promotes scientific research in the neglected and stigmatised area of psychedelics. I believe this area of research may prove very beneficial for promotion of mental health.

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

getting access to data of its research projects.

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MAPS is an excellent organization for clarifying and engaging all issues related to the use of psychedelic medicines from a political, legal, cultural, spiritual, social, medical and personal level. I attended a conference produced by the organization recently in April 2010, and, was deeply impressed by how this field had matured, bringing much psychological and scientific research to the current topic. The shift in consciousness with proper use of psychedelic medicines can be and is nothing less than evolutionarily expansive and integrative at all levels of our lives. Thank you to MAPS and the people that work with the organization's purpose; for doing such a great job.

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Conferences, classes, workshops and reading papers by contributing members

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2010-4-01

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7 people found this review helpful

MAPS expertise and work is highly needed in our times and their action in the wide field of psychedelic medecine and psychedelic healing is full of promise for the birth of new treatments and of a enlightened perspective of psychedelics in our modern western societies. Their dedicated team is doing wonders and have helped many to move toward more compassion, increase knowledge and scientific understanding, and open minds and hearts. Alexandre QUARANTA, Ph.D.

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Access to a great network and a well structured huge amoung of informations and scientific data on psychedelics and psychedelic medecine.

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I have been a MAPS member since 2006. This organization is the future of integrating academic research with awareness of humanity. I am continually astounded by the rigor of medical research found by those associated with MAPS, yet the wonder has not been extinguished--as in most forms of the academy and popular culture. The resources MAPS has to guests and its members are essential for the world's (and America's) future. Please go to the website and review all materials at your leisure. It will be beneficial both for you and your loved ones.

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Finding new universities: California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco.

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