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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9 people found this review helpful

MAPS is continuing to help shine the light of scientific research on psychedelics. After decades of of governmental clampdown, MAPS has thoughtfully and systematically pursued promoting and funding important research about human consciousness and its alteration by certain substances.

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their publications and seminars.

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continue to fund more research.

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2010-5-01

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MAPS keep surprising year after year, steadily advancing knowledge in one of neurocscience's most promising frontiers. Simply awesome. Support their work now!

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MAPS is way beyond regular non-profits It's work is on the frontier of medical and neuroscientific research, and I firmly believe they're gonna be responsible for great and important positive changes in the near future, creating new therapeutic tools and helping in changing the current paradigms!

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conference

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2010-4-01

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As a specialist in public health, I see many opportunities for using psychedelic substances in a medical context. It can be useful for many pathologies for a low cost and very interresting results. But we have it is important to be careful about the way we chose to introduce these powerful drugs in psychotherapy.

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

different scientist symposium (Paris, France & Basel, Switzerland - 2009), many articles and books.

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

launch researches about other pathologies and psychedelic substances.

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

optimism, hardworking, enthusiasm, rigour

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

pleasant to be with, fun and serious.

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

start a complete clinical study to launch an efficient and innovative drug & treatment on the market.

Ways to make it better...

I lived in USA.

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

Government, policy & law, medias, wrong ideas, stereotypes

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

Psychedelic treatment is a new and innovative form of treatment which use drugs which are not used yet as a medicine (contrarily to the other types of psychoactive drugs).

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2009-2-01

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8 people found this review helpful

MAPS is perhaps one of the bravest and most determined non-profit organizations that I've ever come across. They realize that there is real medical and psychological value to the controlled use of psychedelics, and they work hard to let people know about it. Not only are they healing people in their clinical trials, they are also fighting a pernicious stigma every step of the way. MAPS deserves your support for the betterment of the individual patient and for the betterment of society as a whole.

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attending their Psychedelic Science in the 21st Century conference in San Jose.

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2010-4-01

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10 people found this review helpful

I attended an all day workshop titled, "Neurophysiology of Psychedelics". The workshop was just excellent. They had the best people in their fields. I was really impressed with who came.

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Education

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

Get them enough money to have a somewhat better venue for conferences.

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

their educational efforts.

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

unobtrusive to the point they were hardly noticed.

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

do world class work funding research.

Ways to make it better...

The venue was a bit higher end. But it was ok. They did the best they could with very little.

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

monetary.

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

what MAPS is doing is very important. They had the courage to stand up and re-engage this research area. They have a good balance, promoting proper uses and acknowledging issues.

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2010-3-01

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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!

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colleagues and the literature

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2010-1-01

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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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2010-4-01

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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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2010-6-01

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MAPS helps to focus new efforts in the study of the potential Psychedelics have to offer to today's society. I am working for a big pharmaceutical company and I recognize the benefits that some of these compounds might have for improving health. Studies on treating severe illnesses such as PostTraumatic Disorder or varieties of other anxiety and also pain realted disorders with now only (dis)regarded for their hallucinogenic effects prove to me that we need to focus our efforts to supporting the great work that MAPS has initiated. In a time where there is still so much suffering, there need to be new ideas of how to cure and treat illnesses. MAPS contributes a great deal to this.

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the acceptance of proposals I write to start new research projects and the support I receive for them.

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

revolution our way of thinking and the way current cases of illness & disorder are treated. I even think we might find a cure to illnesses that have been a burden to humanity for long.

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2010-6-01

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