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I support MAPS because I believe wholeheartedly in the benefits of psychedelics if used purposefully and mindfully as tools for healing. As a 25 year old who has suffered from OCD, PTSD and depression for much of their life, and having tried different medications and psychotherapies with only short term relief that came with many side effects, it was only after my first use of LSD in a healing environment (a forest, with loved ones), did I truly feel capable of understanding and approaching complete management and recovery. I understood my own reality and experiences in a way I had never done so before. The same (although slightly different) profound healing moments occurred with MDMA, psilocybin and mescaline. I have and only will go on these journeys a handful of times in my life, but that is all that is needed. If you truly desire release from your demons and are willing to hold onto the lessons that psychedelics have to offer, I fully believe that they are capable of assisting you greatly. Thank you, MAPS, for raising awareness and conducting research into the benefits of these fascinating chemical angels.
I'm personally living with ptsd, social anxiety, anxiety and panic disorder. On the outside I try and look appear and act as normal as could be, but little do people know my battle internally with just trying to convince myself to remain living. Pharmaceuticals do NOT help me nor several others I know who suffer in silence. It's way past the time for better research and better options.
The need for new and innovative techniques to tackling a variety of mental health problems is now needed more than ever! The stresses of everyday existence and the increase in technological advances has brought about more mental health issues than ever before. It's great to see that organistations like this are using alternative tools which generate great results! Keep up the good work MAPS, hopefully one day I'll even be able to join you in making psychedelic studies mainstream and accepted within society.
I support MAPS because I'm a 30yr old Iraq and Hurricane Katrina veteran. I've been decorated for my service and recieved an honorable discharge. The Dept. of Veterans Affairs has given me a 100% disability rating for PTSD. I've been in cognitive behavioral therapy for almost six years now. I get so afraid of experiencing the fear of some sessions it discourages me from going or being able to go as deeply into it. It will leave me fatigued for day. I have to take an hour and a half train ride to/from most of my appointments, which for someone who's constantly checking people's hands subconsciously and a problem with turning off that fight or flight feeling.. isn't exactly cohesive for therapy sessions.
I suffer from night terrors, most of the symptoms of PTSD, Major Depressive Disorder, Generalized Panic Disorcder, etc..
I've had experience with MDMA while visiting friends while on leave visiting friends at Brown and I can definitely see how a properly conducted and distributed amount of MDMA would help myself and other veterans like me.
They've tried 6 or 7 different SSRI's and SNRI's and nothing has helped. Wellbutrin, Mirtzapine, trazadone, lorazepam, Ativan, klonopin.. I've had to be perscribed stomach medications and have had to deal with side effects of all these medications. My medicine cabinet looks like a pharmacy. Friendships and relationships in my life have suffered. medical marijuana has finally helped me actually get some sleep sometimes and I have a license for it. I can't admit that to the VA or my doctor though because I would lose my benefits and basically end up homeless.
These studies, all thevwork that MAPS is doing is helping my brothers and sisters-in-arms and will hopefully (if the US Government and pharmaceutical companies allow) will eventually help me. I'm holding on to hope they will succeed but I am broken and online one voice. If anyone can help them or their research please do.
I'd like to help any way I can.
MAPS, is a leading researcher & advocate for Psychedelics for healing PTSD, depression, anxiety disorders, for Spiritual growth & self-discovery.
* Zendo, MAPS Psychedelic Harm Reduction Organization works at festivals training 100s of people a year, assisting many more.
* MAPS has completed Phase 1 & 2 FDA/DEA approved trials for MDMA “Combined Therapy” working at John Hopkins with Vets w/PTSD w/great success & heads into phase 3 trials for approval 2017...Psilocybin-for End of Life issues... They've made a considerable contribution to Psychedelic education, research & medicine,,, Freedom of Consciousness...
I support MAPS' work because I am in favour of learning how we as a species can make happiness more accessible. The results of pushing to develop more psychedelic medicines have repeatedly confirmed the validity of this caus and we need a great variety of tools at our disposal.
I feel this is one of the most important groups around and I wholly support them. Psychedelic substances have made a huge contribution to my life and well being, as well as to the lives of many people I know. I think all humans have the desire to change, grow and expand their consciousness and that governments should not limit their ability to do so. MAPS has been tireless in their quest to prove the efficacy of this medicine.
MAPS is such a solid organization!! I recently participated in a professional training program with them and my mind was opened to new ways of thinking and novel approaches to therapy. Additionally, they took really good care of us from start to finish. They really believe in the potential of psychedelics for healing, without being dogmatic, and they're also just good, down-to-earth people. I envision a future involving a cultural shift toward a more sophistocated and holistic understanding of healing, and I see MAPS at the helm!!
The PTSD pharmaceuticals didn't work. Some made it much worse. Cannabis saved my life. I'll never go back to the poisons!
Thank you MAPS for fighting to end this ignorant/corrupt drugwar!
The front runners in a movement that will be one of the largest global shifts towards a better world. There are so many ways in which our society is suffering (psychologically, emotionally, spiritually), usually involuntarily, and we are left with inadequate tools and outdated information to address these very serious issues. MAPS is dedicated to moving culture beyond the fear of the "War on Drugs" days to an educated, brighter and healthier tomorrow.
Aids me in feeling comfortable that the future is in good hands !! These proteins aid in being in one place. At a time. For being lost in time behind the eyelid of the minds. One can't say I'm blind just need a couple of dimes worth of your time?? Jah bless ~n~ aya be with you!!
MAPS je jedina asocijacija na svetu koja se bavi istraživanjem ogromnih potencijala psihodeličnih i enteogeničnih supstanci na ovaj način i zbog toga zaslužuje da bude proglašena najboljom besprofitnom asocijacijom. Ovom svetu je pod hitno potrebna promena kojoj MAPS pokušava da doprinese na jako profesionalan način.
MAPS advocates using rigorous scientific studies in vetting the therapeutic potential of psychedelics. I have experienced great personal growth through the therapeutic use of psychedelics. MAPS work guarantees in the future others can share these same experiences in legal clinical settings.
The first LSD experience I had was like loosing my virginity! I feel these drugs have profound psychiatric uses that can help people in many ways
Like many young researchers working in the field of neuroscience, I believe that there are therapeutic benefits these psychedelic drugs have to offer for mental health issues. However, it is quite clear that the majority of the current field is somewhat close minded to the idea that these illegal 'recreational' substances have potential. But thanks to MAPS, with its reputable members, high profile studies and intelligent marketing, I can certainly see that the tide is changing. This research and support is clearly not only vital for ameliorating mental illness worldwide, but is also important for the universal understanding of human consciousness.
MAPS's will be credited with legitimizing psychedelics as therapeutic tools and bringing them to the mainstream. Psychology and psychiatry will forever be thankful.
If we don't research psychedelics & neurotransmitters more thoroughly we will never understand & cure mental diseases that severely impair people in their lives.
I have learned about MAPS when working in the field of HIV prevention through harm reduction and I strongly believe in their work, in particular when it comes to the use of MDMA in psychotherapy. Furthermore, war on drugs already proved way more harmful than psychedelics.
Psychedelics helped me overcome PTSD, alcoholism, and emotional baggage that kept me from being happy, healthy, and successful. Organizations like MAPS not only fund research to make the treatments a medical reality, but reduce stigma associated with their use. As a neuroscientist they have offered to be an umbrella for my research. Bravo MAPS!
Psychedelics are the cure for the human condition and MAPS is there to support in helping the human being to remember its inner and inter-connectivity to what is.
I have personally experienced the transformative effects of psychedelic tools like LSD and psilocybin, and am convinced that they will revolutionize the field of psychotherapy. We need to do more research on these substances, to better our understanding of how we can use them in healing and therapeutic settings. That is why I support MAPS.
Psychedelics have incredible potential in mental health treatment, and it is an outrage and a travesty the way they have been demonized for the past several decades. MAPS is doing great work in driving forward the research and study of psychedelics.
MAPS helps the world to make the best out of a practical, chemical, historical and public health information that has been out for a long time but not put in the knowledge of the general public.
MAPS is doing amazing work. I believe that psychedelics, including marajuana, are going to be the new frontier of medication.
MAPS has a vision of a world in which psychedelics are used to their full potential for the benefit of mankind instead of being unfairly demonised just because they also have recreational potential.
Without the benefits of psychedelics, I would likely either be dead, in prison, or living a life of crime addicted to methamphetamine, heroin, or some other drug that helps me hide or numb the pain of existence. Psychedelics helped me see the world differently and make something of myself. But my use was illegal, and others could be punished if caught for doing what I did.
If MAPS vision can be realised, no-one need fear this - instead getting the help they need without the danger of a state that will punish them for seeking this help.
There can be no nobler goal than the betterment of humanity in whatever form that takes.
Without the scientific research and sensible approach to psychedelics, I would have died from scleroderma instead of finding a cure and I wouldn't have been able to help my friends cure their diabetes and cancer. Rick Doblin is a hero.
MAPS brings reason and scientific insight to the table when discussing psychedelics. Where drug policy has been bound by propaganda, MAPS seeks to expose the truth; psychedelics are medicine, and warrant extensive research.
For nearly 30 years, this valiant organization has been spearheading efforts to legitimize efficacious, safe, and considerably inexpensive solutions to a panoply of mental health issues. Their accomplishments are astounding, and such immense success is especially admirable when one considers the sustained and onerous adversities they have had to push against to press forward.
And yet they make it look easy, with smiles and optimism always in abundance. Thanks to Rick Doblin and his organization, psychedelic research has reached a new zenith in an era when it is needed more than ever.
The important research being done by MAPS is a personal one. As anyone who suffers from a chronic illness knows, dealing with the symptoms while trying to live our lives, isn't easy. Not only has marijuana treated the majority of my symptoms , mostly physical, but psychedelics have treated my mental health that comes along with a chronic illness.
People are going to use mind altering drugs NO MATTER WHAT! Research and education is the only way to prevent the misuse of these substances. Ignorance of proper drug use is the most damage a drug can do to society. MAPS is hope for a better future!
Mr Doblin, and Dr & Mrs Mithoefer, likely would decline the designation "heroes." Nevertheless, the healing which is on the cusp of realization and for which the world owes MAPS, will show that they deserve the title. This is equally true for MAPS' other researchers and staff, though they are less in the spotlight. Money donated to MAPS goes toward the work, and I'm proud and pleased to support them.
MAPS is doing research that will allow people in the modern Western world to finally understand that consciousness can be changed, trauma can be healed, and neurosis can be transmuted into strength. MAPS is changing medical views of what is pathological/ terminal and what is within our power to transform. Though this work could have been accomplished long ago if not for draconian drug laws, MAPS should be commended a thousand times more profusely since they have managed to thrive even within a resistant and ignorant cultural paradigm. This is history that will be remembered fondly by anyone who enjoys the benefits of exploring the freedom of human consciousness in the future. In my personal opinion, the victory of this research will change the world in ways that will be analogous to any of the great philosophical triumphs in history. I recommend that MAPS be awarded with the highest honors imaginable since their main purpose is to deeply study human consciousness and use that knowledge to alleviate as much suffering as they can without compromising health, quality of life, or individual liberty.
The insights gained by these plant medicines can be tremendously healing and life-changing. This is the most important research being done today to further our understanding of the effect of plant medicines on our mental health. This could be the most effective aid for ending depression, ptsd, anxiety, addiction, and fear of death anxiety in hospice situations. I am so thankful this research is being pursued. I think the benefits to humanity in terms of limiting suffering will be tremendous.
In a country where the government prohibits legitimate scholarly research into the efficacies of natural plant medicines, MAPS bravely marches forward, providing valuable information to the people regarding plant medicine treatments that are otherwise suppressed. Eventually, in the face of overwhelming evidence, the government will have no choice but to allow the use of plant medicines. MAPS appears to be totally committed to amassing evidence and providing valuable information to the public until the tipping point is attained.
By developing medicines to heal trauma, addiction, depression while supporting freedom of consciousness makes MAPS the one of the most important and undervalued organisation today. Not only individuals need a non-stigmatised and non-criminalised climate to find healing, we as a species, if we want to address our own shortcomings and ailments, need it too. Therefore I support MAPS with all my love and compassion.
Their work is courageous and crucial.
The medicines are currently banned for emotional and political reasons.
Let's use science to decide on the potential uses.
The work that MAPS does is not only revolutionary, but necessary. MAPS advocates for the use of medicines that have been outlawed for nothing other than political reasons; said medicines have beautiful transformational power and provide an alternative method for folks dealing with diseases from depression to addiction, to end-of-life anxiety. MAPS advocates for the necessity of the scientific community having access to these medicines so that society is able to empirically understand their potential. Without the ability to and benefits of research, we are left in the dark and must rely on anecdotal information that the government provides. With the amount of healing that is needed on American soil, these medicines MUST be studied. Politics must not prevail. Power to the people. Just say know. Thank you for all that you do, MAPS, you are changing lives across the globe!
Thanks to the brave work of MAPS, research into the effects of psychedelic drugs on consciousness have become a growing field of study in American academia.
The recent studies and their promising results are leading to a wider interest in psychedelic substances. My work with some of those substances have paved my way out of addiction and changed my life for the better in ways I didn't think possible.
MAPS has taken the lead in guts. It takes guts to dedicate time and energy to their cause, and it is truly a noble one. Psychedelics are to the mind what the telescope is to the cosmos. Their professionalism and dedication bring a level of legitimacy and publicity necessary to encourage honest discussion about these potentially groundbreaking tools. Keep up the good work.
MAPS is an inspiration and is saving lives. Period.
They are helping us understand the human psyche better and leading us to a future of greater mental health through connection with eachother, the planet and Source.
My son suffers from PTSD and has tried many prescription drugs none have helped and many made it worse. He has only found relief with cannabis but in most places cannot get medical card for this condition and continues to suffer. I am thankful to MAPS for supporting research and use of these alternatives!
MAPS gives hope to us that we can end the insanity and uninformed hysteria and illegality that surrounds the issue of plant medicines and psychedelics. These medicines have been shown throughout history and throughout the world to be supportive to health and happiness. The current epidemic of PTSD and stress related psychological disorders is threatening the very fabric of our society. This organization is bringing information forward to support responsible research and the healing use of currently illegal substances to the people that will benefit from them. Ending unreasonable and unproductive incarceration of citizens is also important, the war on drugs is keeping us from having access to the very healing medicines that the modern world desperately needs. Thank you for supporting them
I have suffered from PTSD and have coincidentally found out about MDMA being used to treat the symptoms, also found out about MAPS clinical studies and work to make marijuana and psychedelics a prsescription medicines. I am very thankful for their work, they've done a great job :) drugs that are prohibited work much better than pharmaceutical drugs, which makes me feel completely negative towards big pharma, they create customers, not cures. It's time for revolution !
After ten years of participating in AA to address what was a debilitating alcoholism I came to realize, as many scientists studying addiction pathology and treatment are now finding, that the 12 step model was not only horribly ineffective and unsuccessful- it actually hampered my recovery and personal growth. It was out of desperation that I saught out psychedelic therapy after researching addiction online for the better part of a year and I'm so incredibly thankful that I did as it not only ended my physical addiction it disabused me of the PTSD, toxic shame, and poisonous resentments that were the fuel for my discontent and compulsion to self-medicate with booze. I was relieved of my self centeredness and shown my roll in my own situation, I was blessed with a sense of increased empathy which allowed me to forgive those I was harboring resentments towards who had abused and neglected me as a child. This increased empathy was not temporary, and has continued to enrich my life two years later. I have also disabused myself of misleading neo con propaganda and denounced my previous stance as a militant atheist islamophobe I went from denouncing all of Islam to advocating for displaced and occupied Palestinians. Psychedelic therapy not only cured my addiction, it showed me addiction wasn't even disease- it was a symptom of a larger affliction I was unaware I even had- this condition was of a spiritual nature. Psychedelics didn't chemically cure me- they simply brought me into a spiritual place where I could heal myself. The power doesn't come from a chemical, it comes from us- I never knew I had this power within me. We all have this potential for healing, insight, growth of empathy, and MAPS is far and away at the forefront of the bringing psychedelic therapy research and the resulting conversation to the forefront, and this is why it is essential that we support them. Psychedelic therapy is absolutely thee future of addiction and trauma treatment and the future is happening... Now.
Psychedelics are the only medicines that treat my schizoaffective disorder without side effects. MAPS has worked consistently to build the scientific and evidential framework to legalize this treatment. I'm proud to support MAPS.
I have finally got some relief. Knowing MAPS work in helping the PTSD problem in our military. I feel that we have made a leap in to our future help with PTSD. And other related mental health problems. Thank You MAPS
I have volunteered and donated to various non-profits over my many years. Some 6 or so years ago I became aware of the work of MAPS and attended my first conference in 2013. Was I ever impressed! What an extraordinary group of people are involved. I am still feeling the "workshop high" I left with and no it isn't something I smoke or ingest! Presenters were passionate about their work and it was heartening to observe that. It is clear that the work MAPS is doing has far-reaching possibilities to help people with serious and intractable health issues. There is an urgency to their work and I want to see them flourish.
MAPS has been an invaluable resource in navigating my own mental health and understanding how tools such as MDMA have helped those with PTSD and other anxiety disorders. The fear surrounding psychedelic medicines has resulted in disinformation and prohibition, thus making it impossible for those in need to access these potentially life-saving medicines. I have enormous respect for an organization like MAPS, who are bringing much needed sanity and research to this field. Few have been brave enough to take on such work, given the nature of the drug war, legal complexities, and lack of financial gain. And so I am very grateful for MAPS and their work and hope that funding for this vital research continues to grow.
If we want to heal this world, first we have to heal ourselves. Psychedelic agents can be used as incredible tools of healing, but in the wrong hands, with the wrong attitude, they can be very dangerous as well. MAPS is the organization which took up the task of finding a suitable, safe context for the use of psychedelic medicines, one which could be seamlessly integrated into our modern Western society.
Neither the psychedelic be-ins of the sixties, nor the Goa parties of the 90s, nor the traditional ayahuasca rituals of Amazonian tribes could be integrated in such a way that they reached more than a few percent of the population. It would be very difficult for most people to get over the somewhat "fringe" nature of these contexts. But psychedelic psychotherapy - which grew out of well-established Western traditions of psychology and psychiatry - could be a game changer.
I am a woman suffering with PTSD and extreme anxiety issues and have not yet found a treatment that helps my condition. I am hopeful at the prospect of new treatments and am excited to see a group working on this important issue.
I value MAPS work because they are opening the paths to treatments possible for those suffering from several disorders. I have hope while keeping up with their research and their progress as I suffer from PTSD and know the benefits of the substances they are studying. MAPS has helped me spread awareness of the potential options available to us in our (hopefully) near future and removing the stigma of the substances described. For once, I've been able to have intelligent debates over two substances that MAPS has been studying without judgement that they're "just drugs used for partying". Its changing the mindset of many and planting the seed to change many more. I can't wait to see how MAPS flourishes over the coming years and I will be doing my best to support them to continue their marvelous work and helping me and many others like me to have a successful and happy life.
MAPS is fighting for our fundamental right of free self-determination over our adult bodies and minds.
This basic human right has been stolen from us by pharmacological fascism's counterproductive and historically falsified prohibition policy which guarantees tax-free profits in the billions to unregulated criminal cartels, while it effectively only prevents any control of access, age and quality. Air America, Iran-Contra, N987SA and the HSBC settlement clearly shows who is profiting from the corruption pyramid which is the base for the global tax-free Mafia monopoly. MAPS' research focus are medicines which are known to mankind for thousands of years and where stigmatized only recently(speaking in evolutionary time scales) by corrupt people like criminals, lying politicians, lobbyists, manipulative media empires, pharmacological fascists and religious fanatics. MAPS is researching our consciousness and how it can be modified with endogenous(like DMT) and exogenous(like LSD) psychotropic substances. They are not only restricted to psychedelic research and also research dissociatives like Ketamine and empathogens like MDMA, which also can have great therapeutic potential. They are fighting for mankind to restore our originally guaranteed universal dignity and humanity.
The people at MAPS are passionate in their efforts to bring health and peace to many patients for whom traditional therapies have proved unhelpful. They are also brave and principled professionals who are committed to a scientific inquiry in a field held back by social prejudice and misinformed political fear-mongering.
MAPS has worked tirelessly to do real research on substances with great healing merit that have been outlawed by our society for too long.
I full agree with everything MAPS is doing and strongly believe in the healing powers of psychedelic medicines.
It's simple really, they are the frontiers on a subject that has been demonized by the western world for far too long, without a legitimate reason.(There isn't a legit reason by the way)
People need to know this information regardless of their personal views on any "illicit drug" , since the information they are basing it upon is not generally fact, but propaganda, "morals" and miss-information. We need to re-educate the people on all "illicit drugs", not just psychedelics.
Sovereignty over our own minds and bodies should be a fundamental human right.
Without it, we are not free, we just pretend to be.
Robert . L
Ps, my dream is to work in this field, so if anyone is hiring ;)
I support MAPS because after losing my left leg above knee in a motorcycle accident and almost losing my left arm, marijuana was the safest, most effective way to treat the anxiety and insomnia that came with the pain meds. Despite over a decade of 12 step work, it wasn't until I got to experience DMT that I was able to truly accept the life situation I found myself in, so I know the potential for hallucinogens used for healing in the appropriate settings and support further research.
MAPS is a trustable group of professionals in their fields, with a common goal to developing medical, legal, and cultural contexts for people to benefit from the careful uses of psychedelics. Regarding the contradictionary situation out times - when this powerful substances are generally prohibited for scientific research, but in the same time widely available on the black market for recreational use and abuse - MAPS work is essential. When i discovered this altered states of mind, realised the importance of such a therapeutic context, what MAPS is promoting. I deeply regret, that its not allowed to be available, and there are millions out there, who never even heard about these unique tools, but they can possibly benefit them. Like my grandfather, who has Alzheimer desease, or my mother with breast cancer. So i am grateful that MAPS exist, and hope that psychedelic research will soon reach a point to make psychedelic treatment widely available. If not for the generation of my parents and grandparents - at least for our generation, and for our children.
MAPS-multidisciplinary association for psychedelic studies
They general theory behind this- the combination of PROFESSIONALLY SUPERVISED cognitive therapy, with certain substances (MDMA for post trauma, lsd, dmt, psilocybin, ibogaine, mescaline, and ketamine for other purposes such as addictions) has PROVEN to highly effective in enough cases to warrant further research.
1) Support what works. The number of success stories speak for themselves
2) The original stigma- that psychedelics cannot be used medicinally due to their psychological effects- has been formally discredited.
As for abuse, OxyContin, Vicodin, Xanex, Percocet, and even COUGH SYRUP are abused. The potential for something to be abused is not an argument against it- look at the second amendment; it's merely an argument against irresponsibility.
Psychedelics simply ought to be regulated and administered with appropriately stringent laws, just like any other potent pharmacological products that are already on the shelves.