Multidisciplinary Association For Psychedelic Studies

Rating: 4.89 stars   706 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
2015 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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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.

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

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expand fund-raising to address a broader support base.

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my tremendous personal growth.

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kind, enlightened and personal.

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I had heard about it earlier.

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funding and societal acceptance.

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the processes are challenging but effective.

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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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6 people found this review helpful

MAPS has been an invaluable organization for me and for the world wide community who feel that psychedelic substances must be researched in a medical/meaningful way rather than simply shunned out of existence. MAPS has also helped me to distribute my film, "LSD: Problem Child and Wonder Drug," providing a way in which people like Dr. Albert Hofmann (discoverer of LSD and highly respected medical/pharmaceutical researcher) might influence the public debate on psychedelics in a way which makes us all realize how important such medical research is. As a media presence as well as a fund raising engine for medical research, MAPS has played a unique and important role in the world.

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