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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Reviews for Multidisciplinary Association For Psychedelic Studies

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

5 people found this review helpful

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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

 
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4 people found this review helpful

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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Rating: 4 stars  

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

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

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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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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

information sharing

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About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-6-01

 
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5 people found this review helpful

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.

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

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.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-6-01

 
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4 people found this review helpful

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.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-6-01

 
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4 people found this review helpful

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.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

 
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4 people found this review helpful

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'.

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

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.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

 
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4 people found this review helpful

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!

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

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.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-6-01

 
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