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  

7 people found this review helpful

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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2010-4-01

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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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MAPS is a very important organization for the progress of humanity on earth in our current age. The scientific study of consciousness altering compounds is at the forefront of human scientific knowledge and significance for the development of human society, civilization and individuals, as well as for the health of the planet. This organization is effectively neutralizing harmful stigmas which prevent positive progress in the area of human psychology and spirituality. Psychedelics are a key issue for all people and must be dealt with in a mature, respectable, and interdisciplinary fashion. MAPS is guiding the vision of a positive and healthy relationship with these powerful medicines and should be commended for their courage, relevance, and maturity.

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

My view towards psychedelic people in relation to society. The denigrated image of a fringe culture without legitimacy has been transformed into one of acceptance of medicinal benefits in western mainstream society.

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

According the the advice of Dr. Weil, focus on medicinal uses of psychedelics for the time being in addition to the psychological therapies such as the PTSD study. Focus on legitimizing imagery as he mentioned such as in the case of Sativex packaging.

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

Watching the talks from the conference. The opening talk and the talk by Andrew Weil both contained a lot of positive information to improve my view of consciousness altering medicines in our society.

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

Create meditation centers devoted towards spiritual development. Greenhouses devoted towards entheogenic growth. Education for Chemists, Botanists, Explorers, Therapists, Policymakers, Musicians and Artists.

Ways to make it better...

I had more money personally to devote to the organization for conference visits and materials, as well as to donate for research.

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

Changing the cultural climate in our society to one in which consciousness altering medicines are not demonized, but accepted. As Dr. Weil Said in the case of Sativex in Canada, also focusing on pure medicinal value right now rather than positive gains.

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

I have a real intuition and vision of the future in which a positive integration of these powerful plant medicines play a key role in our science, relationships, enjoyable experience on earth, aesthetic development, and civilized progress as humans.

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2010-6-01

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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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2010-1-01

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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.

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

conferences, fundraisers, and their santa cruz office.

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2010-6-01

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MAPS continues to be a vital interphase between mind and body, between society and it's future, between spirit and matter and between relief and pain between fear of death and embracing peace for patients who need the services that psychedelic substances can produce in the proper set and setting.

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

attending conferences and reading the literature

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2010-5-01

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8 people found this review helpful

MAPS continues to be a vital interphase between mind and body, between society and it's future, between spirit and matter and between relief and pain between fear of death and embracing peace for patients who need the services that psychedelic substances can produce in the proper set and setting.

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

attending conferences and reading the literature

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2010-5-01

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10 people found this review helpful

MAPS continues to be a vital interphase between mind and body, between society and it's future, between spirit and matter and between relief and pain between fear of death and embracing peace for patients who need the services that psychedelic substances can produce in the proper set and setting.

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

attending conferences and reading the literature

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2010-5-01

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MAPS continues to be a vital interphase between mind and body, between society and it's future, between spirit and matter and between relief and pain for patients who need the services that psychedelic substances can produce in the proper set and setting.

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

attending conferences and reading the literature

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2010-5-01

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I've always been interested in alternative ways to raise people's consciousness as well as being able to heal them through psychedelic modalities. The work that was started years ago in the psychedelic field, has now reached a new plateau with MAPS. Rick and company have expertly and responsibly paved the way to opening new vistas through the continuing research, medical applications, and awareness of psychedelics.

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

The large numbers of people who attended the conference in April 2010 was a clear indicator that MAPS was, well, on the map!

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

being on the pulse of a history-changing movement to educate and help people through responsible uses of psychedelics.

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

professional, helpful, and knowledgeable.

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2010-4-01

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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.

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getting access to data of its research projects.

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I recently attended and volunteered at the MAPS-sponsored conference "Psychedelic Science in the 21st Century." It was an honor and a privilege to share in this powerful congregation of minds and ideas. The experience of being there has had a lasting impact on my life, and provided me with the momentum I was seeking to change my life for the better. I am forever grateful to MAPS for promoting psychedelic research and for providing a safe and welcoming space for such research and revolution to occur.

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

my daily life. My outlook is brighter because it is fueled by the hope that MAPS provides. The people I met and connections I've made through MAPS have shaped my actions in the present. I have even considered working for the organization myself.

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2010-4-01

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