Multidisciplinary Association For Psychedelic Studies

Rating: 4.9 stars   699 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

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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

It would be hard to overstate the "wealth of purpose" of this noble organization. As a serious, scientific and legal advocate for research along the neuro-chemical frontiers of the brain and world, MAPS provides both actual service (publications, research-support, conferences, socio-scientific connection) with the virtually infinite therapeutic promise for the future of neurology and the human species as well. James Winchell, Ph.D., Whitman College

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

... many ways that enhance my own understanding and my students'.

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2010-6-01

 
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8 people found this review helpful

MAPS is a nonprofit that is deeply committed to research and healing potentials. They are providing an incredible service to all people who are interested in healing.

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

using the information that they have provided to help myself, friends, and clients.

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2010-5-01

 
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8 people found this review helpful

It was unlikely weather for the month of April on the coast of Northern California. The kind of -just the right temperature- clear beautiful light blue skies, and the sun that bathed us just enough to experience what I call the “shower of warmth.” As we drove up the beautiful coast of California heading from our home in Woodland Hills to San Jose to attend the “Psychedelic Science in the 21st Century” conference, I thought of the diversity of my so many interests and activities and the years I have shared these activities with my husband, Oren, who not only supports my choices but rather enjoys the quality of living they add to our lives. The conference was the first of its kind in the last 40 years and I was excited to be part of such highly accredited and intelligent Academia people from scientists to psychologists, psychiatrists, medical field professionals, and great thinkers and practitioners of health from all over the world. As I flipped the first page of the program designed by MAPS (The Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies) I read the organization’s mission: 1.To treat conditions for which conventional medicines provide limited relief- such as posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), pain, drug dependence, anxiety and depression associated with end-of-life issues- by developing psychedelics and marijuana into prescription medicines. 2.To cure many thousands of people by building a network of clinics where treatments can be provided. 3.To educate the public honestly about the risks and benefits of psychedelics and marijuana. I thought to myself, what is it in this statement that attracts me and excites me to belong? What are the commonalities I find that between me and those 1,000 strangers that feel like family to me. And the answer is: Truth. I eagerly ran from lecture to lecture excited to learn. I received vast amounts of information on how, with proper use, healing with plants and chemicals can be used as a therapeutic guidance. Those substances are tools that operate the technology of the mind. Just like the techniques in NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming), Time Line Therapy, and Hypnosis. What’s common between those doctors and myself is that we are truth seekers and we all believe that the mind has capabilities of healing everything whether physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual, but thanks to technological advancements we now can prove it. Once again, as many times before in my journey towards understanding the relationship of man between the Universe, himself, and others, I found myself listening to various people from many walks of life saying basically the same statement: “ We are one with all that exists. We are affecting and affected by everything in our environment…internally and externally.” This was not just another conference for me. The content of the conference was interesting, I collected new information that developed my thinking and skills, I asked deep, strong questions and got educated in an area that affects me not only as a coach but as a member of the human family, I got numerous confirmations to my own theory that the mind is an inner technological device, the highest technological device that can be found on the planet and that we are using just a fraction of its potential and that there are ways and techniques that we must LEARN in order to use its full potential. But that was not all that I got - most touching to me is that I got hope, and great positive excitement that the human family is seeking truth, the human family is seeking peace, and health, and caring for one another and to belong to such company was an honor that filled my heart.

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2010-4-01

 
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4 people found this review helpful

This organization is the culmination of a 20 year struggle by pioneers in the use and understanding of psychedelics to bring together biochemists, physicians, and lay voyagers in support of furthering our understanding of these astounding and absolutely unique drugs.

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

Having been part of the psychedelic exploration since 1963, I saw a wonderful conference in which excellent biochemists from the Universities met with spiritual voyagers from the lay community to share information and points of view.

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

Fund it more heavily such that it (1) can hold more such conferences, and (2) disseminate its points of view much more broadly.

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

Their conference in April plus the follow-up communications about related matters

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

Very helpful, courteous, kind, etc.

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

Actually design and fund research, in addition to having a conference like this every couple of years.

Ways to make it better...

The quality of food at the conference site hotel was not very good, and the hotel's location was such that the only alternatives were a small cluster of chain restaurants of modest quality.

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

To continue the momentum which was demonstrated at the conference of April, 2010

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

Like anything with power, a psychedelic drug can do either good or harm.

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2010-4-01

 
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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.

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

their publications and seminars.

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

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!

Was your donation impactful?

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How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

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How likely are you to donate to this group again?

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

 
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10 people found this review helpful

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!

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

conference

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2010-4-01

 
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7 people found this review helpful

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

NA

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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

 
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