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
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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

As a member of the clinical research community, I was asked to review MAPS conduct of clinical trials and provide guidance. I was incredibly impressed by the clear mission to bring the high standard of clinical research and ICH guidelines to all MAPS research, to ensure data generated would be held with same level of integrity and respect as non-psychadelic (and generally accepted) research methods.

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

seeing response to highly scrutinized industry guidlines.

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About every six months

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2009-6-01

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I participated a conference titled Psychedelic Sciences in the 21st Century that was sponsored and organized by MAPS. It was an amazingly well-organized and highly informative conference that attracted participants from all over the world. A deeply inspiring and transformative experience for me.

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

Research into medical applications of psychedelic drugs.

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About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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MAPS is a refreshing island of curiosity in a sea of prejudice. The prejudice is obvious, surrounding us from the legions of "Just say No" to the pharmacological sloppiness that classes psychedelics with entirely different realms of compounds like the opioids. Objectively, that's just plain ignorant and would not be worth commenting on except that it confuses so many and leads to bad laws. MAPS is sponsoring the leading push toward new scientific information about useful drugs that are trapped behind this societal prejudice. For instance, they sponsored the first FDA-approved study of the effectiveness of MDMA ("Ecstasy") as an adjunct to psychotherapy for intractable cases of Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome. The results, not yet published, are spectacular! Follow-up studies are now planned or underway in Spain, Israel, and Switzerland. Several other psychedelic compounds are to be studied in similarly rigorous ways in US government approved protocols in the near future. None of this vital and fresh information would be possible without the outstanding effort of MAPS. Push back the darkness. The Dark Ages of these useful compounds are nearly over!

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

20 years of good information from the MAPS Buletin, and attending with 600 others a conference MAPS organized in San Jose, California in April, 2010.

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

Give it more support.

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

Bringing light out of darkness

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

Kind, helpful, real fully human beings with a sense of humor

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

Make the difference it already is, only faster and louder

Ways to make it better...

MAPS had more leverage

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

Societal prejudice

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

Let's go!

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About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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6 people found this review helpful

This may be the only organization that has effectively promoted and executed the research of psychedelic substances for therapeutic benefit in humans. As research in the field of neuroscience progresses, it is being realized that creating therapeutics for the exceedingly complex conditions plaguing the brain is exceptionally difficult. Thus, every available resource that provides either direct therapeutic benefit or opens a new path of discovery should be utilized to its full potential, and the efforts of MAPS is making this possible.

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

my research.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

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I have been a member for a number of years. I always look forward to receiving the MAPS Bulletin, which is filled with fascinating articles. This is science in the true sense of the word, that is, one that is entirely compatible with a religious point of view and a humanistic psychology. There is no other organization like this one. I'm proud to be a member.

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

reading the MAPS bulletin and e-mails sent to members.

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2010-6-01

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5 people found this review helpful

I did my PhD dissertation research on the psychospiritual effects of ayahuasca retreats. I had very interesting and positve results. I was pleased to be able to present my research at the recent MAPS conference to a large audience of professionals and lay persons. When used appropriately psychedelic medicines can have very positive therapeutic effects. MAPS is one of the few venues that is seriously looking at this.

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

I have done research on the psychospiritual effects of the use of ayahuasca and I presented my results at the MAPS conference. It is very important to me that there is an organization that is seriously looking at the therapeutic effects of psychedelics.

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

I can't think of any changes I would make. I am very happy tha MAPS is activley working with the therapeutic use of psychedelics in research and education.

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

I check out the MAPS website regularly to see what is going on in the field

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

Very helpful compassionate people

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

Do more of what it is doing.

Ways to make it better...

I can't think of anything

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

Bias and ignorance of many people.

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

I would love to work more with MAPS

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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Without the ongoing progress of MAPS in the field of psychedelic studies and their commitment to providing unbiased education, the growing movement of medical use of entheogens would not be happening. Keep up the good work!

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

My understanding and awareness of the truth concerning psychedelic drugs.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

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2010-5-01

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MAPS has played a key role in assisting Professor Lyle Kraker, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, seek a registration from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration to cultivate Cannabis for clinical research. This long-term project will enable numerous researchers in the U.S. to learn much more about the functioning of the cannabinoid system within the body, and the numerous functions which it regulates. Because of the politicized ostracism of Cannabis and cannabinoid research, MAPS project to create a source of Cannabis for research that is independent of the federal anti-drug bureaucracy is essential to promote basic science. MAPS has demonstrated the vision, competence, and determination to drive this project ahead. This is just one instance of its important work.

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

reading the rulings of the Administrative Law Judge, and in reading its excellent, attractive magazine over the years.

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

vary the themes of the email that it sends to supporters to better meet the broad range of interests they have.

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

the friendliness and creativity of the staff.

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

passionately committed to the organization's mission.

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

conduct more clinical trials and build more political support.

Ways to make it better...

the magazine had asked me to contribute an article ;o).

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

the political obstacles grounded in deep cultural fears surrounding psychedelic materials, and the willingness of the media to treat the issues in a joking manner.

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

I am always impressed by the intense loyalty to MAPS that its supporters demonstrate.

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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4 people found this review helpful

I attended the Maps psychedelic science conference in April and met people that helped me with my dissertation on gay and lesbian people's experience with ayahuasca. I attended presentations on the many uses of psychedelics and how they affect people and attended presentations on ayahuasca. the topic of my dissertation. I was able to meet participants and consult with experts. It was very useful and I eventually met the reader for my dissertation there.

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

help with my dissertation

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About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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MAPS is a great organization that helps fund and support research and puts together clinicians and researchers on this value of psychedelic studies and medical treatment. I found their recent conference in San Jose inspirational and hope that they continue to be supported.

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

CME meeting

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

give them money to expand their research support

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

CME meeting in San Jose

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

excellent and welcoming

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

make great strides forward

Ways to make it better...

I could have had even more professionals in my field there.

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

lack of funding

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

they are very open minded and supportive

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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