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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4 people found this review helpful

MAPS brings together an extraordinary mix of people with widely differing backgrounds, necessarily sharing only a common interest in the topic of psychoactive drugs. The organization acts as an advocate for some of those people, who might have otherwise had no voice at all. In other cases it allows individuals who might have acted on their own to instead cooperate to make a stronger statement. Though the topics MAPS addresses don't always find favor with governmental/business groups, MAPS always marches boldly forward, and combining a principled approach with a core of pragmatism quite skillfully. Bravo to Rick Doblin, and to all the members, associates and hangers-on of the MAPS community.

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information sharing

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MAPS is unique. Its pioneering resources & research program provide a depth of quality information and debate that is unequalled anywhere else in the world. [1] MAPS volunteers represent the forefront of knowledge in this valuable territory of brain research. Posting a question to MAPS can provide state-of-the-art discussion and data that I could not have obtained elsewhere. [2] Crucially, MAPS makes its resources freely available (you do not need a membership subscription). Again, pioneering in the belief that access to research should be open to all. I am indebted to MAPS and its volunteers for keeping me updated and informed for the past 15 years. ~ an invaluable rescource. Dr. Helena Watts, Imperial College London, UK.

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Through its regular updates and expert responses to questions I have posted on the forum, MAPS has shed light on neuroscience issues so state-of the-art, that they could not have been obtained elsewhere.

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I know MAPS and the President Rick Doblin since 1990 and I´m amazed how successful MAPS is in providing research in the area of psychedelic medicine. Through steady effort and profound work with experts this is possible. It is very necessary to research these substances for certain areas where common medicine fails.

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

establishing new research projects in switzerland on LSD.

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I was introduced to MAPS during research in Ibogaine Studies, and the Harm Reduction movement. Since then, I have joined as a student member, and attended the recent conference in San Jose, CA. I am very impressed with the ability of this organization to pull together such highly talented individuals of such varied backgrounds, who are dedicated to opening the doors to developments that have been waiting in the wings for decades. Working together, using science and rigorous research methods, and on the basis of a social need and on spiritual and cultural expression, to further this important work. Thank you, MAPS, I hope to join you in this work one day soon!

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

Research publications. 2010 Psychedelic Science in the 21st Century Conference. Networking with people and organizations in my fields of interest.

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2010-4-01

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MAPS is the leading and most dedicated organization in the field of psychedelic drugs. They are supporting, conducting and financing groundbreaking research that will help humankind in every possible way. My experience with them is only positive as I have talked to several members and they have always provided me with excellent data and helped explain numerous issues in this field. I know they are conducting a lot of research in Europe (because of legal issues back at the US) and I think they should branch out to (Continental) Europe even more! I personally also think that they should work more closely with established institutes that currently lack their viewpoint and establish research contacts with the 'opposition'.

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I have seen their research data and protocols at scientific conferences and compared to the majority of researchers they are always of top quality and really well thought out. They are also passionate about their (also mine) cause.

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

Establish more research contacts with other researchers and to work more closely with NIDA, NIMH and DEA to show them they are fighting for the common good.

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

They are passionate and great but also humble human beings.

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

Change a lot of peoples life's for the better!

Ways to make it better...

They had a better presence in Continental Europe (other than Switzerland).

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

Getting enough money to do very very expensive research.

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

If I were rich I would work there for free.

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About once a year

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2010-3-01

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A very courageous and scholarly organization, supporting and promoting research and accuracy in an area that most people won't speak up for. Years from now when people are routinely being given psychedelic therapy to help with PTSD, depression, end of life care, etc, when it's finally routine and acceptable, MAPS should be praised for being there when the subject was still all but verboten. Bravo!

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MAPS members get a great publication, lots of good resources made available, web site shares important news in the field, and they host a great conference.

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2010-6-01

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The organization strives to overcome the sizable stigma associated with psychedelic drugs. A field which still immediately raises eyebrows and causes head shakes. The organization has provided a refuge and authority for those hoping to seriously study the positive impact and potential dangers that these drugs have. In doing so they have and continue to better the world.

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My personal life. Unfortunately at this point in time, the details of this are still not prudent to discuss.

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MAPS is to be commended for its support of research involving the use of psychedelics for mitigation of PTSD symptoms and end-of-life anxiety. This is a quality of life issue for so many. The costs of untreated PTSD are not only personal for the affected individuals but social for the use of mental health and (at times) legal resources. The research on end-of-life anxiety is, in my opinion, invaluable. We will all someday deal with our transition...

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

working with people who have experienced trauma, and who have benefitted from the use of medical marijuana, as well as being with those who are approaching the end of their lives and who are also benefitting from medical marijuana use.

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

provide more opportunities for local members to become involved with the core organization.

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

the conference which was held in April, 2010.

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

helpful and knowledgeable.

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

work to support more research, and disseminate the results of existing research to educate the public.

Ways to make it better...

mini-conferences were held.

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

public bias against medical marijuana and the use of psychedelics.

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

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2010-1-01

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Maps.org is a very special organization. It represents the front line in the ongoing development of science and medicine. I have studied this field for many years and completely support the Maps team and wish them the very best for the future.

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

the benefits are real, the science is evidence based and I have full confidence in the success of MAPS.

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

Develop a manufacturing division and the pharmaceutical production techniques.

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

always very intelligent and well presented.

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

First Class

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

Change the world

Ways to make it better...

I could work there

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

public opinion

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

Never give up!

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2006-1-01

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MAPS has a truly unique mission with underlying philantropy and great motivation to carry it out. The impact of developing psychedelic drugs into non-profit medication will probably be widely understood only in the next decades. MAPS is clearly ahead of its time by having such a humanitarian vision. Following their activities for years, I am absolutely convinced that they can carry out their work with sufficient continuous support. After all, they have the most enthusiastic staff that I've ever seen in a non-profit organization, with an amazing amount of energy and good spirit to radiate. MAPS's efficiency had been clearly proved also by the recently organized cutting-edge conference, which gathered top-level scientists from all around the world. For me personally, MAPS had provided invaluable help by sharing scientific information about the latest psychedelic research that it conducts. I have used this information both for my PhD thesis in Cognitive Neuroscience and for disseminating reliable information on psychoactive substances to the general public.

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

My latest experience with MAPS was at the superb "Psychedelic Science in the 21st Century" conference that they organized in April 2010 in San Jose, CA.

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

...hire myself to support better their mission :)

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

...the great spirit Rick and his team radiates by having such a high level of vision and motivation.

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

...like a loving family! They are clearly doing what they love to do, and this gives them great efficiency.

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

...develop non-profit psychedelic drugs to cure thousands of people.

Ways to make it better...

...I had a chance to spend more time with them.

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

...the slowly changing public attitudes toward psychedelic substances, which are presently based on a great amount of misinformation after decades of negative propaganda.

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

...it's rare to see such a well-functioning organization that MAPS actually is.

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2010-4-01

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