I believe the research and fact based projects MAPS are undertaking are going to be ground breaking in the development of Psychedelic assisted therapies. From addiction, to PTSD, end of life processing, trauma & overall well-being psychedelics are the new wave of the future.
How do I know this? In the 1950’s Souris Valley Mental Health Hospital, in Weyburn Saskatchewan, with doctors Hoffer, Osmond and others treated alcoholics with LSD. Canadian scientists reported a fifty percent success rate in one study, although Hoffer speculated that it was more likely the psychedelic experience of LSD, rather than simulated delirium tremens, that convinced the alcoholics to stop drinking.
I am also an alcoholic in recovery & I can personally can say that the use of psilocybin in mushrooms has taken away my cravings for drinking, helped me see a larger view of my life.
I’ve read & met many people who have successfully recovered from PTSD, addictions, OCD, depression & other mental health issues and lower meds with high side effects without issue. I have also been diagnosed with bipolar depression & couldn’t move out of bed - but mushroom tea helped me be able to get up & on with my day. I believe that psychedelics are the future of mental health & addictions, basically a cure.
MAPS is one of the most important non-profit organizations on the planet, truly! Their work is paving the way for the genuine, lasting healing of so many hearts & souls on this earth that it's impossible to quantify the good they have done, are doing and that will come from it all in the future - it's exponential! I am immensely grateful that MAPS exists and they have my support forever. I look forward to being able to contribute as much as I can to them in the future. MAPS is a true Godsend.
I started following MAPS in 1995 while a graduate student at the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology. For various reasons, I took a 20 year hiatus from the "Work". I was still naive and inexperienced about psychedelics as my research was focused in a different thread when I diverged from "transpersonal" work... I ended up in the Navy Reserves and deployed several times to international regions of conflict (the Middle East). Upon my return, the depression and PTSD set in pretty hard. After about 12 years of "therapy" and getting no-where----my psychologist suggested Ketamine and she hooked me up with a trained psychiatrist who guided me through several sessions. I have been doing KAP therapy twice a week at home over the last 14 months. I have re-engaged with MAPS and --- with the mind liberating experiences of over 120 Ketamine sessions, I am able to engage in an intellectual way that I really haven't experienced since I "lost" my mind in the 1990's. I am very motivated in finding ways to get this medicine to the people who need it and want it. When mainstream treatments don't work -- or better yet -- as an alternative to mainstream medicine -- the use of psychedelics may be a way to side-step the pain and futile work of standard therapeutic tools such as "Big Pharma" medications and endless hours of therapy that got me no where because my brain was so constipated...The KAP and the exploration of the research provided by MAPS has changed my life (and consciousness) in so many ways. I am in the last trimester of my life and I have the motivation of a 25 year old -- I want to have a "Center" where people can open up to their own innate mind -- and be alive to the world and beyond ....
They are doing an amazing job of literally changing and saving the lives of some people with clinical PTSD.
They have clinical studies backing up their work, and are working with the FDA to make psychedelics legal for therapeutic use so more people (particularly our war veterans) can regain their lives back.
Incredible pioneers and forerunners who've fought their mission for 35 years against olympian opponents. Scientists, scholars, doctors, healers, philosophers, policymakers and educators who have never faltered in their transparency and philanthropy.
MAPS is one of the best charities. I really feel part of something bigger and better when I give them my support. Here's to the future where healing and happiness is available to all.
MAPS has an engaged community of donors and has spearheaded some of the most exciting and difficult to conduct scientific research in the realm of psychiatric treatment. The potential of the things they're trying to legitimize is VERY large for healing and helping many individuals. Having a controlled, professional conduit to mediate the reintroduction of psychedelic substances back into the culture is important. The wedding of therapy with these substances is ideal and respects the profundity of the experiences they can bring about. It would be an incredible waste to throw the baby out with the bathwater for another half of a century. Please please, support this cause - from someone who has both studied and suffered in mental health. We need all the tools we can get to build whole and actualized individuals in the world.
The reports, transparency, seriousness, commitment. The role in education, the mission , the strategic plan and the vision are unique .
I am a US military veteran with PTSD.
As an Army Chaplain, I was/am familiar with the range of therapies used for PTSD veterans. They are difficult and only partially effective.
MAPS continues to offer another way which I believe holds better promise for we who suffer. They are fighting and winning against law, regulation and huge public stigma.
We need MAPS. We need their work to stop the thousands of suicides and untold suffering. Their work is cutting edge, fully scientific and of massive potential in the world of mental illness. Thank you to each worker volunteer and supporter of this hope.
Ive been a donor for a few years now and am so impressed with everything MAPS is doing. Ketamine therapy has made a huge difference in my life and I hope we can heal more people in the future.
MAPS is a courageous organization with a serious commitment to doing serious science into the benefits of molecules with psychedelic properties to alleviate human suffering and enhance the human experience. I hope their work paves the way to destigmatize these substances; which should not have been illegal to begin with. MAPS has also done a stellar job of educating the public on the properties of psychedelics in a mature and unpatronizing way.
MAPS's research into the psychotherapeutic use of psychedelics is a game-chegher since it has the promise of healing mental disorders such as depression and complex trauma, which debilitate the lives of millions around the world.
MAPS is committed to making the knowledge and the treatment available for everyone as well as building community and uniting people, which is exactly the kind of world I want to live in.
In a world of mass information along with disinformation, the work of delivering harm reduction information is a great benefit to public health, safety, and community stability. I have been happy to make donations to MAPS and have enjoyed and learned from their bulletins and books and I was in awe that beyond the world of urban legends there is actually a huge scientific community doing a lot of great work that is helping people have therapy and medicine that really works.
MAPS seems to be doing some good work towards ending a mental health oppression. I believe that with proper MDMA and psilocybin treatment, it could cure large populations of individuals suffering with mental illness who do not have access to the medicines that can provide real healing where the possibility of full recovery is more of a real probability. It can be very depressing to see the mental health systems as an industry which profit from sustaining the illness of many people who could recover with real treatment.
MAPS have paved the way to cure (yes, cure) PTSD.
Their impact will be global on nature, and while we may hear about veterans worh PTSD initially, their work will help all and any woth ptsd. Urban ptsd dwarfs veteran ptsd, think of those affected by rape, violent crime, abuse... all within reach of a cure that will become FDA approved in the coming years.
MAPS must be supported.
I'm a psychiatry resident in Colombia, a Southamerican country, that has a very Big problem with Ilegal armed groups and violence. I see so many patients diagnosed with PTSD but rhe available treatments for this condition are not enough. The MDMA for PTSD study thats MAPS is carring out will change the way we ser PTSD for ever. And psychedelics will be the latest revolution in psychiatry since antipsycotics drugs where created. I really hope that MAPS continúe to expand and grow and maybe one day se can have MAPS here in Southamerica.
I don’t have a personal experience with MAPS, but I have a detailed history with the subject matter. I believe with every bone in my body, there’s nothing more pressing for our society than unlocking the potential benefits that psychedelics hold.
One thing that is universally agreed on, is the ability of psychedelics to dissolve the ego. Anyone turning on a tv, or looking outside their window, can see if we can dissolve some of our national ego... imagine.... it may sound hippie mambo jumbo... but, I got rid of all anger issues with LSD, addiction with ibogaine, built an immunity to depression with ketamine, and realign myself once every 12-24 months with psilocybin. If our leaders would do that, we would be in a position to discuss the real issues that matter, like the fact the pentagon admitted to UFOs (I’m not an alien person, this is DOD), are we kidding? If that’s true... who gives a .... Trump or Biden?
Sorry, maybe more than you wanted to chew on. But hey, I’m here to throw my entire existence (and leftovers ego) behind MAPS!
Help me get the word across about our efforts to MAP out human consciousness. Donate and support psychedelic research today at maps.org!!!
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