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
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6 people found this review helpful

Maps is leading the revolution of scientific study into the important area of medecines /tools for the mind. Both healing in the sick and growth /development in the healthy. They're spearheading an evolution of societies attidudes and perceptions with regard to mind altering substances. We live in a maturing society, one in which regulation rather than prohibition will continue to prove the more effective and beneficial policy. The work of maps is an inspiration and an example of what can be achieved with patience perseverance and a solid and righteous philosophy

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I wouldn't like to try and change anything. They're Excellent

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

The tri annual bulitin

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

very intelligent and friendly

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

Help heal the psychological wounds of war.

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I could have donated more

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

The misinformation and propaganda surrounding the medicines they are developing.

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

It's time that society and the media get real and stop sensationaling for revenue and the DEA redirect their strong arm bully boy tactics. Let the scientists and the medical profession deal with drugs and re-employ these crime fighters fighting crime.

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One time

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In my experience, MAPS has proven to be the most progressive and the most active research based non-profit I have ever seen. Its 2010 conference was amazingly well organized and proved to be the most informative and inspiring gathering of scientific and humanitarian minds I have attended. In my opinion, this organization could very well be advancing the most important scientific and psychological inquiries of our era, and I am honored to be able to take part in it as much as I can. I will be a member of MAPS for years to come, always filled with anticipation of the next gem of truth spoken by affiliated doctors and researches and of the next stories from people whose lives have drastically changed for the better because of the work promoted by MAPS. Thankfully my anticipation has always been rewarded as MAPS also primarily values the actual information discovered by their research. Thus they strive to make their data accessible to the general public, creating the most effective form of research (unbiased and openly reported to the public) and the most respectable public face that I have ever seen for a research based organization while also promoting a well-informed general public. MAPS has touched my life in a way for which I will always be thankful.

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

Reading their case studies, researching internship options and the guidelines for participating in MAPS or the studies they support, and attending the Psychedelic Science Conference of 2010 constructed my understanding of MAPS.

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2010-6-01

 
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5 people found this review helpful

Having been a donor and member of MAPS for a number of years, reading their bulletins and attending the latest MAPS conference, I can attest to the remarkable work that Rick and his hardworking team have accomplished. These amazing and powerful plants and drugs have been vilified by the media, being lumped together with dangerous and addictive substances to further the cause of the "War on Drugs". Now thanks to the MAPS team, there are a number of clinical trials in progress throughout the US and other countries researching the safety and efficacy of psychedelics, entheogens and cannabis. I currently support them financially and would like to donate my time in the future.

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

obtaining valuable information distributed through the MAPS journal and their April conference: "Psychedelic Science in the 21st Century".

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

passionate and dedicated to the work they are doing, and highly competent.

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

Get MDMA approved as a prescription medicine for PTSD and end-of-life therapy.

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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

MAPS is the only effective support I have found when experimenting with MDMA in the course of beating my severe PTSD-symptoms. Antidepressants, tranquillizers and group therapy did not relieve these symptoms. Five years ago, thanks to MAPS I had the courage to take MDMA for a few months, then stop this 'medication' and find myself cured. No more depression from flashbacks, negative feelings and stress anymore!

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

Curing my PTSD-symptoms.

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2010-1-01

 
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8 people found this review helpful

I have been following MAPS activities and supporting them for approximately 6 years. They continue to do important work for our communities in many different ways.

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

Observing the mainstream media become more willing to provide an objective viewpoint on the topic of psychedelic medicine. I believe MAPS has been instrumental in this process.

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6 people found this review helpful

I was introduced to MAPS about five years ago and I have been a supporter of their work ever since. The are a group of committed individuals doing work on behalf of many marginalized and suffering people around the world. I give MAPS my strongest support.

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MAPS is supporting an initiative to ensure that clinical trials with MDMA will once again be possible in Canda. I believe this is vital work. Go MAPS!

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About every six months

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I believe in MAPS and the vision and directive of the people behind this organization. To live to see the day when these life changing medicines are accepted and applied in the way that MAPS promotes will allow me to die a happy man!

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

my own revelations in relation to the higher understanding that has come about through years of use of these medicines.

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About once a year

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2010-4-01

 
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I truly and unequivacally believe in both the work that MAPS does and the way they go about it. Rick Doblin, their founder, is an inspiration to me in my own life, in the way he has applied gentle yet unyielding pressure to the powers that stand in the way of truth and justice. Rick Doblin and MAPS are true representatives of the Peaceful Warrior. I also appreciate MAPS embrace of the entirety of the psychedelic community. It would be much easier to only embrace the less controversial research side only.

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

At Burning Man in 2006 I had the pleasure of residing in the MAPS CAMP and was very impressed by the powerful sessions and speakers that MAPS brought to the event.

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About every six months

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2010-1-01

 
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4 people found this review helpful

MAPS is doing the extremely important research that will possibly help shift humanity into a new consciousness and out of the mess we've created. All this while at the same time constantly fighting obsolete and uninformed government regulations.

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positive changes in society

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2010-3-01

 
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The misunderstandings surrounding the entirety of the psychedelic community have been rampant since the media got involved in the sixties. MAPS is not only helping clear the fog in terms of public perception of the nature of the fantastic chemical entities known as psychedelics, but they are indeed actively involved in the progressive practice of supporting active research into the clinical utility thereof. Thus, my appreciation of these noble activities is my impetus for support of this great organization.

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

Albert Hoffmann's (public) 100th birthday celebration (LSD conference in Basel Jan 2006), at which I initially decided to personally commit to supporting the organization.

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

The work they do.

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

Employ full time, a PhD synthetic organic chemist who could synthesize new and underutilized psychedelics. Employment of a chemist would also allow means for an ample supply of any drug needed for clinical testing.

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About every six months

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2010-6-01

 
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