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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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

As a physician treating people with opioid addictions, a chronic, relapsing disease where the available treatments have an 85% failure rate, I see the potential to help turn lives around with the use of psychedelics.

Under controlled conditions, in an open, non-judgemental setting where trust is established, it is possible for people who habitually use drugs to obliterate feelings to have the opportunity to experience awareness, trust and joy. No amount of motivational interviewing will allow people to experience what they do not know exists.

MAPS has been very instrumental in raising awareness about these issues and bringing together some of the best and brightest minds in neurology and psychiatry. A respect for the ancient cultures that gave birth to these substances seems to be integrated into their philosophy.

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

Address the cognitive disconnect of trying to establish the legitimacy of psychedelic science while selling "healing crystal" jewellery at their conferences.

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Likely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

MAPS has been diclosing the tabu of psychoactive substance adaptive consumption. They have been facing immense legal, political and financal challanges and proved themselve to be patient, tireless and competent. After many years of their activiy we have here several rigorous psychedelic studies done and other precise research of this potent ancient psychotechnologies is coming. Im grateful I could pick up the thread of their work and proceed with promising research which could benefit human health and human-ecosystem relationship and by so it could change the way society understand itself, human nature and nature in general.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

MAPS has been a courageous spearhead in the struggle to end the prohibition of therapeutically valuable psychedelics. I congratulate Rick Doblin and his staff for undertaking this important work.

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

Seeing the enthusiastic reception it has received by Psychiatists and other professionsals around the country.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

11 people found this review helpful

As a MAPS supporter for many years, I can say, without reservation, that the work Rick Doblin and his staff have done to promote important clinical research has been superlative. I believe MAPS along with The Heffter Society have the potential to manifest new treatment paradigms for many sufferers of mental illness. I believe these have potential for healing psychic wounds which may otherwise not respond to conventional allopathic modalities. Phillip Grob. M.D.

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

MAPS Conference 2010 San Jose, CA

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

 
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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.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

 
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4 people found this review helpful

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.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

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

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!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

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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7 people found this review helpful

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.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

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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