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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Rating: 5 stars  

I have struggled for 30 years with a debilitating mental illness. Though I have worked with many talented therapists over the years, I have been hospitalized and the best I can say is that traditional medicine has been helpful but has in no way cured my PTSD + depression. Through MAPS's help I am vastly improved, and can see my way to complete healing over the next few months. A year ago, I had not even heard of MAPS. This sounds miraculous, but it happened to me. I hope I can someday make a big donation to this extraordinary organization. I don't quite owe them my life, but my life is immeasurably better because of MAPS. This is what Steve Jobs would term an "insanely great" group of people.

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2012

 
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MAPS is one of the most extraordinary nonforprofit organizations I know. Their dedicated leaders, enormous volunteer base, diversity of supporters, unique expertise in the field and hard work puts them on the forefront among most effective nonforprofits today.  MAPS has been able to bring together scientists and thinkers, health practitioners and faith leaders, cutting edge research institutions and diverse ethno - cultural wisdom practitioners, visionaries and community leaders from across the globe to create more positive, more humane and more hopeful world. MAPS transformative work is providing many people with hope towards healing, recovery and wholeness when it is most needed in their lives. I am very honored to know them.

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2011

 
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6 people found this review helpful

I firmly believe in them and appreciate what they do. Thank you MAPS. You have made a difference for the better.

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

Learning from them.

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About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

 
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7 people found this review helpful

MAPS is an excellent organization with great integrity and best of intentions. They work they are doing is invaluable and the brave people who stand up and fight for what they know is right in the name of helping others deserves all it can get. As they have steadily progressed with their projects and the success of their clinical studies it is only a matter of time before many people wake up and realize the importance of this work and how it has been all along, thanks to the incredibly supportive community who literally fund it all independently.

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

I have personally experienced the benefits of the therapeutic values of compound such as Psilocybin, LSD, and MDMA as well as witnessing their effects on others. The value of these compounds are priceless and their potential boundless.

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

Knowing that my donations and contributions can directly go to funding work that ultimately is designed to shape the lives of people for the better and direct them in a positive direction they previously may have not believed possible of themselves.

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

Change the world.

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About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-7-01

 
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5 people found this review helpful

At the forefront of human potential, I believe MAPS vision to be inspiring and valuable. Although psychedelics, entheogens and hallucinogens have played a sacred and central and role in most societies throughout history, today they are misunderstood and oppressed both culturally and politically. MAPS is leading the way in their renaissance with solid scientific research and public policy reform. Like microscopes and telescopes for a conscious psyche and humane spirit, the first time I experienced psychedelics I caught a glimpse of the potential and possible implications they hold. Used in medicine, psychiatry and spiritual practices, psychedelics can heal individuals and positively transform society and culture. The impact MAPS could contribute to human development spans wide and deep.

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

seeing their online presence and public relations grow. They once seemed humble and amateurish in appearance, but now their revamped mission and media savvy website display a clear and professional presentation.

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

significantly influence the world. Imagine integrated health care centers that offer psychedelic therapy where individuals could heal, develop and thrive. Healthy, balanced, open, loving and awake -- imagine cultures that function at deeper ways of being.

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About every six months

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2009-1-01

 
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4 people found this review helpful

MAPS has worked to keep the candle of psychedelic research going through some very dark years. It is difficult to appreciate how long they have tried to disseminate balanced and helpful information in the face of a "no tolerance" attitude and a "war on drugs" which put all substances into the same category. Now that some psychedelic research is actually taking place again after decades, MAPS is leading the way with careful studies.

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

Meeting with others to share information on both psychedelics and their legal and social ramifications.

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About every six months

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2010-4-01

 
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4 people found this review helpful

Rick Doblin, president and founder came to our university (University of West Georgia) and ave a wonderful talk. He also presented at the ClusterBuster conference because MAPS has funded research on this medical condition.

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His talk at the university was well attended and very informative. His work with Cluster Headache research has been enormously helpful

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

...a larger budget to support the work of MAPS.

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

Their willingness to provide accurate and unbiased information and commitment to research.

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

easy to access, knowledgeable, and willing to assist in any way.

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

foster social change.

Ways to make it better...

they had more printed materials.

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

lack of public awareness.

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

all staff seem very dedicated to their work

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About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

 
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4 people found this review helpful

I believe that MAPS is essential to our survival and evolution as a species. I've been a member for many years, and only wish I could give them more support.

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

many ways. They explore, they discover, then they teach me.

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About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-6-01

 
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5 people found this review helpful

MAPS is a wonderful, pioneering organization that is opening up new doors for medical and scientific research, through fundraising and organizing concerned individuals and professionals. They are working to facilitate a greater understanding and a more constructive utilization of psychedelic substances within our society.

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

My own life, because I have learned about a few great conferences that I attended through their website and I attended their 2010 conference in San Jose.

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2010-4-01

 
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7 people found this review helpful

MAPS first came into my life 6 or 7 years ago at Burning Man. They were involved in a camp named entheon village. Entheon village hosted a series of lectures with speakers from all over the world with different backgrounds. I had just read PIHKAL and was thrilled to know Dr. Alexander Shulgin was in attendance and giving a couple lectures. Dr. Shulgin and MAPS have taught me the value of a psychedelic experience and how to responsibly delve into the mind through psychedelic experience. MAPS is definitely holding the torch when it comes to researching and studying the myriad of positive uses and applications of psychedelic experience. Without organizations like MAPS so much potential could be lost by dogmatic and fearful thinking when it comes to furthering ourselves spiritually and mindfully. Thank You MAPS for demystifying entheogens and showing me how to responsibly and productively explore the mind.

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

the research that has been funded by MAPS and the public pull MAPS can garner.

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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