MAPS is doing great good for mankind, by far the most worthy of support! Not only are they fighting to make the "drug war" no more, they want to use substances for the benefit of us all. Modern society has a lot of problems that used to be handled more easily when you could pick your own medicines. Prohibition must die, people need to live!
I love MAPS. There are so many wonderful reviews on this site already so I'll just say that I hope you guys win this much deserved award.
For years, I have been a supporter of MAPS as they have struggled to spread the truth about the benefits of psychedelic substances can offer in psychological and/or physical healing. For many years, the United States government continuously threw up roadblock after roadblock when studies on psychoactive compounds were proposed; and despite that opposition, MAPS continued and in fact redoubled its efforts. I remember the day I received my MAPS publication, discussing the studies which had begun overseas to use MDMA in the treatment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in soldiers. I remember reading about the individuals who became trained in this new "entheogenic therapy", and feeling so proud that, in large part thanks to years of tireless labor from MAPS, these studies would soon be taking place here in the US as well. I began seeing, even in the most conservative publications, an increasing number of articles which, if not exactly embracing the idea, did acknowledge that for many people, these treatments were highly successful. I began seeing more and more studies relating to the use of psilocybin for cluster headaches, and now trials have begun using the once entirely-banned LSD: believed to have no medicinal value at all, it has not been well-studied since the mid-century. Scientists are also looking into was to use psilcybin to reduce end of life anxiety in cancer patients. In the future, we can only expect many more great insights to come out of these types of studies, and it is MAPS, in large part, who can be thanked for the many, many years of hard work that has allowed us to reach this point.
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.
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.
I firmly believe in them and appreciate what they do. Thank you MAPS. You have made a difference for the better.
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.
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.
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.
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.