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
2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

10 people found this review helpful

Psychedelic research is a fascinating and important area. The human mind is the most powerful, enigmatic concept we know - it would be an injustice not to explore and learn more about it.

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my reacreational activities ;)

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

publicise it more to ensure that everyone who needs it knows about it and can utilise it.

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

EVERYTHING

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I found out about MAPS sooner

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About every month

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2010-7-01

 
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4 people found this review helpful

MAPS is a great organization that does excellent work in areas spanning a variety of issues. Most recently I got to participate in a teleconference of a presentation By Andrew Weil MD at a MAPS conference in California while I was at the Cannabis Therapeutics Conference in Rhode Island. MAPs soes an outstanding job of locating and disseminating critical information for policy makers. Keep up the great work

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presenting fabulous information at several conferences

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4 people found this review helpful

MAPS has been tremendously helpful and extremely informative. Their contact has been a real plus in my life. Their magazines are most helpful with photos of personnel and content.

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

the several years I have known about them and subscribed to their newsletters and also contacted Mr. Doblin personally and met with him at conventions.

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

I don't see a need for change - I donate what I can to help them succeed in bringing their important messages to those in need.

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

The learning experience has been very helpful

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

Kind and helpful and very knowledgeable.

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

Help so many more people, it would aid in their research greatly. They deserve more than they have received for their ongoing projects and future discoveries.

Ways to make it better...

they were fine - no improvement needed

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

government limitations and lack of funding.

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

Give to MAPS, read their work, get active if you can with their projects.

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2010-6-01

 
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4 people found this review helpful

always updated,available and kind.able to organize and explain,devoted to the cause of making people feeling better.positive attitude and always smiling.

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switzerland

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

have more funds

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

kindness

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

kind

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

make mdma legal

Ways to make it better...

they were in berlin

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

pharmaceutical companies

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i love u

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One time

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2010-1-01

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

While attending a conference in San Francisco I heard a presentation from Dr. Doblin on the theraputic value of psychedelic drugs in controlled settings for patients who are troubled by traumatic memories or are fearful of dying. He made a forceful, logical case for the need to legalize research and treatment using these forbidden drugs, including cannabis. From hearing his message I am able to better make the case for legalization to my friends and neighbors.

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

being better able to educate my friends about the theraputic value of psychedelic drugs and cannabis

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

what I've learned about psychedelic drugs and cannabis that I can share with friends to help awaken people to the therapeutic value of these substances

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

informative and articulate

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

awaken our society to God through direct exerience

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2008-1-01

 
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4 people found this review helpful

MAPS has been investigating the medical use of ibogaine, a psychedelic drug which immediately stops withdrawal symptoms from opiate addiction. I received this treatment at a clinic where MAPS has been doing studies, and was asked to participate in one of those studies. The treatment was 100% successful. I was put on suboxone, a potent opiate, by my doctor as an off-label treatment for depression. When I tried to stop taking the drug because it wasn't working, I found that I was deeply addicted to the drug and could not get off of it. I made it twelve days on 0mg with no relief from the horrible physical withdrawal. At my doctor's urging I went back on suboxone. I then learned about ibogaine treatment, and two hours after ingesting the psychedelic, all symptoms were gone! I also benefited greatly from the psychedelic experience. As my experience shows, standard pharmaceutical drugs often harm people and research into alternatives must be undertaken. MAPS is at the forefront of promoting these alternative therapies.

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

See review above. I also depend on MAPS emails and their website to keep me abreast of developments in psychedelic research.

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About every week

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2010-6-01

 
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6 people found this review helpful

my experiences have helped me to change the world, i am not refering to this beautiful planet earth, but the world that each of us creates inside our own head.

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my day to day life, the extraordinary, and the mundane.

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About every month

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2002-5-01

 
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4 people found this review helpful

I suffer from PTSD and the only thing that helped me was session with this pharmaceutical. I would like to continue with the therapy, but have been unable to due to certain laws in place.

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

therapy

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

none

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

it works

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

excellent

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

help so many with PTSD

Ways to make it better...

laws were changed

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

laws

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

Because of current laws, I have not been able to finish therapy

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2010-1-01

 
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5 people found this review helpful

MAPS has the potential to transform our cultural concept of health and health delivery. In addition to focusing on correcting what is "wrong", the techniques MAPS investigates have the potential to inform and guide clients into potential personal and societal improvements.

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

anger management and stress reduction therapies, career guidance, and the deserved acquisition of wealth.

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

expand fund-raising to address a broader support base.

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

my tremendous personal growth.

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

kind, enlightened and personal.

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

end war and poverty.

Ways to make it better...

I had heard about it earlier.

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

funding and societal acceptance.

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

the processes are challenging but effective.

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2010-6-01

 
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4 people found this review helpful

I have been a member of MAPS for a year now and have been following their work. I am very impressed by this organization, and particularly Dr. Doblin. I feel they have contributed much to our understanding of psychedelics, and helped to open doors which had been shut for many years due mainly to fear and ignorance. I very highly recommend this organization and will continue to put my full support behind their mission.

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Their fine literature and website.

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