Multidisciplinary Association For Psychedelic Studies

Rating: 4.9 stars   702 reviews

Address:

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

Programs:

Maps' primary focus is research into mdma-assisted psychotherapy ($1,094,575), especially phase 2 research into mdma-assisted psychotherapy in subjects with chronic, treatment-resistant ptsd. In this fiscal year, maps treated the 18th subject in our charleston, south carolina mdma/ptsd study in 24 veterans, firefighters and police officers. An 8th subject was treated in our study in boulder, colorado for people suffering from ptsd from any source, a fourth subject was treated in our mdma/ptsd study in beer yaakov, israel, and an irb approved the amendments for our mdma/ptsd study in vancouver, canada. A 7th therapist participated in our mdma-assisted psychotherapy therapist training study. In addition to our core clinical research, this fiscal year we began planning a series of studies in collaboration with researchers who work with the u. S. Department of veterans affairs' national center for ptsd. We'll be exploring the use of mdma along with more traditional psychotherapeutic methods for treating ptsd including cognitive-behavioral conjoint therapy, cognitive processing therapy, and prolonged exposure therapy. We also began our study looking at the safety and efficacy of using mdma-assisted therapy for anxiety in adults on the autism spectrum and began preparations for a study of mdma-assisted psychotherapy for end-of-life anxiety. These studies will grow significantly in the coming year. Mdma-study related program expenses include costs of video data storage and streaming systems development, budgeting, contracting, and meetings; the costs of developing the treatment manual; training therapists; blinded therapist adherence training; and costs of reviewing and documenting all published mdma literature. There are also mdma-study related supervision of therapists, presentation of our data at professional conferences, and costs to manage the mdma purchased early in our work and to secure the drug for phase 3 trials expected to begin in 2016. Clinical research general costs cover the development of the infrastructure needed for our mdma clinical trials, including work with communications and fundraising departments, staff professional development and conferences, and video streaming and statistical software. Most of the clinical research expenses are personnel, including personnel at each study site: principal investigators, co-investigators, independent raters, overnight physicians, attendant, and study coordinators, as well as maps' internal staff: the clinical director, research associates, information specials, data coordinators and statistical consultants. Ibogaine research expenses were dedicated to completing our studies in mexico ($3,816), and new zealand ($6,329). Lsd research expenses ($12,185) were primarily used for the march 2014 publication of our lsd end-of-life anxiety article in the journal of nervous and mental disease. Marijuana research ($14,905) covered the costs of developing the protocol for a pilot study in which marijuana will be tested to manage symptoms in 76 veterans with chronic, treatment-resistant ptsd, and our efforts to end the public health service (phs) review and the national institute of drug abuse (nida) monopoly of the sale of marijuana for clinical research.

education expenses include harm reduction, events, publications and communications programs. Our zendo project provides a supportive space for people undergoing difficult psychedelic experiences in order to help turn those experiences into opportunities for learning and personal growth, and to reduce the number of drug-related psychiatric hospitalizations and arrests. Services were provided at five major events in fiscal year 2014: burning man (black rock city, nv), envision (costa rica), afrikaburn (south africa), bicycle day (san francisco, ca), and lightning in a bottle (bradley, ca). In order to share recent findings and to inspire existing and new support, maps produced events on psychedelic and marijuana research in colorado, vancouver and santa cruz; and attended more than 17 events that others produced, providing speakers, exhibits, sales of books and maps bulletins, and free distribution of clinical protocols and articles from peer-reviewed journals. Communications included publishing three maps bulletins, and 12 email newsletters, maintaining maps. Org, mdmaptsd. Org, mapscanada. Org, psychedelicscience. Org, and launching mdma-autism. Org. Maps produced "manifesting minds," with north atlantic books, reprinted albert hofmann's "lsd: my problem child," and began work with stanislav grof on his new book, "the visionary world of h. R. Giger. " in spring 2014, maps offered its first webinar, "psychedelic science," in collaboration with evolver learning labs. Maps saw significant growth in coverage of its work in social, online, and traditional media. Maps. Org had 511,449 unique visits and 1,809,246 page views. Facebook likes more than doubled to 89,282. Twitter followers increased 140%, to 17,099. Youtube subscriptions increased 256% to 5,313. Maps received 344 unique media mentions from online and print publications with significant reach. Media outlets include the los angeles times, the new york times, the san francisco chronicle, reason, scientific american, cnn, usa today, msnbc, time, associated press, fox news, forbes, nbc news, playboy, santa cruz sentinel, tricycle, business insider, npr, vice, and southern california public radio (kpcc).

this year, maps operationalized its long-running fiscal sponsorship program, clarifying and updating contracts, process, and structure. This program supports projects that are in alignment with maps mission and vision by offering donors a way to give to a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization. Maps monitors the project budget, takes a small fee, and sends the donor a receipt for their contribution.

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Reviews for Multidisciplinary Association For Psychedelic Studies

Rating: 3 stars  

I find MAPS a very detailed and interesting site. The amount of knowledge which is conveyed re: psychedelics and their useage should be made more widely available and MAPS is doing this in a clear and concise way.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Likely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Some

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Okay

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Likely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

I have been a volunteer with the MAPS organization for several years. I like the program and will continue to volunteer for as long as they need me.

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

Actually being motivated enough to volunteer. As much as I hate to admit it, I'm not the sort to volunteer much at all.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

I was introduced to MAPS by a friend of mine through another helpful site. I like helping organizations like this because they are creating a helpful environment for those who deservingly need it.

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

Knowledge for the better.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

 
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Rating: 3 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

It was just another cannabis filled night full of laughter with my friends when insomnia started to set in. Since my start of lsd, my mood [swings] were in the highest of highs. The only way to describe my ongoing euphoria is as either an awakened super ego or nirvana brought on by ego death. Here's the kicker. I only "tripped" acid 5 times total. I had all the fun I needed with MDMA alone at the techno houses. Sometimes I would just smoke weed while all my friends tripped, and we all still had great times. But somehow, I was the one that had the nervous breakdown during a bad trip. My brain chemistry must've been doing something. It brought out that I have Manic Bi-Polar disorder on top of a "polysubstance abuse dependence." But I'm only addicted to weed and cigarettes. And am never depressed, but now have to take 300mgs of Lithium every day.

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

in spiritual ways. I've never felt more motivated to try to become famous.

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

Have a help yourself button, or Biolife credit card?

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

The creative writing potential

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

Only me so far.

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

Afford to send me back to school.

Ways to make it better...

I wasn't high on marijuana :)

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

Shorthanded staff?

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

I love to play music and video games.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

Maps is doing research in a very important field, a field which has been kept out of academic science for quite a while only for sheer financial and pseudo-moral interests, i appreciate the way in which maps is working very much, thanks.

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

my head

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

try to establish it even more as an international organisation.

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

the light

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

heroic figures of light

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

change the world for the better

Ways to make it better...

the research in this field would not be hindered systematically by governmental institutions

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

to change the stigma around this type of research

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

thanks a lot

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

 
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5 people found this review helpful

MAPS is a wonderful organization that is brave enough to explore areas that are still considered taboo by many. Hopefully through the work they do and the kind support of many good people, this will not always be the case.

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

Feeling supported and understood.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

MAPS is on the front lines, exploring the global potential of human consciousness for public good. For 25 years, their visionary efforts have been put toward designing scientific research to explore therapeutic treatments for addiction, PTSD, terminal illness, end of life trauma and spiritual transformation. MAPS funds clinical trials with human subjects and publishes regular updates in an online newsletter in accordance with FDA and European Medicine Agency Guidelines, regarding MDMA, Ibogaine, LSD, cannabis. MAPS' integrity & vision make it unique.

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

readings of its books and periodic newsletters with news and current research developments around the world.

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

With its visionary persistence, it has sustained itself magnificently and doesn't need my advice.

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

honesty in presenting controversial information about prohibited mind-altering substances, with compelling scientific research into beneficial effects on human beings in need.

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

genuinely and deeply involved in their mission.

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

co-ordinate scientific research worldwide from Afghanistan to Czechoslovakia.

Ways to make it better...

I were a subject participating in a research project.

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

breaking through all the prohibitions spawned by the "Drug War".

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

this is a great little review process you've devised to honor serious effective organizations. Thank you.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

 
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4 people found this review helpful

MAPS serves as an organization to fund unbiased research for psychedelic drugs, educate the public on its findings and influence public policy. Through steadfast dedication and stellar work, MAPS is helping to put unique and effective psychiatric tools back in the hands of doctors to use with their patients. The group of researchers and advocates involved with this organization are some of the most brilliant minds I've ever encountered.

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

Being allowed to conduct a scientific experiment in a laboratory with a Schedule I drug, with DEA clearance.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007-9-01

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

I'll do a lot of volunteer fo Camp Spirit Lake. One of the them is to make sure thaht people remember a detention camp of First world war in Abitibi, Quebec, Canada. Since 1998, i worked to establish Historical interpretation center about East European immigrant that were unfairly interned because they didn't possess official paper and were considered dangerous for the security of Canada. This year will open the Historical Interpretation Center. Just look at this website: campspiritlake.ca Next, i'm a volounteer in an organization that is very implicated in archeological digging in Abitibi: Archeo-08. Right, we work with Algonguin to hep them to recover a part of their past. For, it's always been important to look at the past. So, i always be there give a hand.

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

Right now. I'll look at result in few month.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-6-01

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

As a psy-crisis counsellor at various western Canadian festivals, I have benefited from MAPS resources for education and MAPS individuals for training. The MAPS organization provides an invaluable service to our community.

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

Sanctuary training and practice

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

 
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