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Multidisciplinary Association For Psychedelic Studies (MAPS)

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Causes: Government & Public Administration, Health, Medical Research, Mental Health, Mental Health Treatment

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 announced the publication of the long-term follow-up results of six Phase 2 clinical trials of MDMA-assisted therapy for the treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in the peer-reviewed journal Psychopharmacology. The paper is the most comprehensive analysis yet published of the safety and durability of treatment outcomes following MDMA-assisted therapy for PTSD. The results show that for a majority of participants, the benefits of MDMA-assisted therapy for PTSD extended at least 12 months after the treatment sessions. Sponsored by MAPS, the controlled, randomized, double-blind trials found that, two months following their last session, 56% of 100 participants no longer met diagnostic criteria for PTSD. In the newly published analysis, 91 participants were interviewed at least 12 months later. Of these participants, 67% did not qualify for a PTSD diagnosis. One of the studies included data from an average of 3.8 years after treatment. “Trauma exposure has emerged as one of the most pressing public health issues of our time and is now at the forefront of global consciousness due to the COVID-19 pandemic and rising visibility of systemic oppression,” said Berra Yazar-Klosinski, Ph.D., paper co-author and Deputy Director and Head of Research Development and Regulatory Affairs at MAPS. “Although our Phase 3 trials are not yet completed, these long-term data support the hypothesis that MDMA-assisted therapy may provide significant advantages in treatment outcomes, safety, and durability over available PTSD treatments. This is the breakthrough that the world needs right now.” The trials were conducted by independent investigators in South Carolina (two trials), Colorado, Canada, Switzerland, and Israel. Trial participants included women and men with chronic, treatment-resistant PTSD from a wide variety of causes. PTSD symptoms were assessed using the Clinician-Administered PTSD Scale (CAPS-IV) at baseline, one to two months after their last MDMA-assisted therapy session, and at least 12 months after their final session. The course of double-blind treatment included one to three eight-hour MDMA-assisted therapy sessions spaced three to five weeks apart, combined with weekly non-drug therapy sessions. Outcomes were assessed by blinded Independent Raters. Based on these results, in August 2017, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted Breakthrough Therapy Designation to MDMA-assisted therapy for PTSD, acknowledging that it “may demonstrate substantial improvement over existing therapies” and agreeing to expedite its development and review. The FDA also considered MAPS’ prior published Phase 2 results when it agreed to MAPS’ Expanded Access program in January 2020. The research also received major confirmation when it passed its crucial interim analysis in May 2020.

Target demographics: Any person whose life may be aided by the transformative nature of psychedelic therapy

Geographic areas served: Worldwide

Programs: Phase 3 trials of MDMA-assisted therapy; Psychedelic peer support at events around the world; Education about the benefits and risks of psychedelic medicine

Community Stories

731 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I recently attended and volunteered at the MAPS-sponsored conference "Psychedelic Science in the 21st Century." It was an honor and a privilege to share in this powerful congregation of minds and ideas. The experience of being there has had a lasting impact on my life, and provided me with the momentum I was seeking to change my life for the better. I am forever grateful to MAPS for promoting psychedelic research and for providing a safe and welcoming space for such research and revolution to occur.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Being a low income student, I can only afford to donate to a few organizations each year. MAPS has consistently been number 1 on my list. I completely support their pioneering research into the development of psychedelic drugs and marijuana into generic drugs available at pharmacies with a doctor's prescription. MAPS is helping to improve the lives many suffering people around the world using treatments that are well recognized in many cultures, but often demonized in the United States. I will continue to educate people about psychedelics and spread awareness about the great work of MAPS.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Maps has initiated and developed the fundamental and critical research and promotion for advocating the most important and valuable of medicinal and therapeutic tools. That is, the beneficial and productive use of marijuana, ecstasy, LSD and mushrooms. I encourage you to learn more about MAPS its social-political and medical movement. They are truly the frontiers of a bright and amazing future.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

MAPS has almost single-handedly--with patience, commitment, persistence, scholarship, unassailable research, compassion, and a perspective that manages to convey a scientific, spiritual, psychological, cultural, and communal equanimity--rebooted the Western understanding of the healing potential of entheogenic substances for all varieties of individual and social dis-eases. Their work has brought psychedelic therapy back into a mainstream imagination as a feasible, safe, and effective means of both physical and spiritual healing--and how this healing contributes to the global healing we so desperately need. Their archives afford laymen and professionals alike with accurate, nonsensationalized information. And their faith in the work they do lends a rare, even quotidian authenticity to their claims. They exclude no one and do not engage in negative campaigning or accusations, but rather patiently and consistently offer their results to the public. They are, in my opinion, one of the most important leaders in working toward global healing, interpersonal and international peace, more love in the world, and I trust them unequivocally and am intensely grateful for their devotion, the risks they take, and the hard work they do. Thank you MAPS!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

MAPS is an extremely effective public policy organization that brings together credible scientists and policymakers around a topic about which everyone holds strong, often skewed views. They shine the light of research to assist members of the public make up their own minds based on data, not prejudice. Policymakers would be well suited if they could find other organizations willing to provide credible research for their assertions. It would change the public dialectic.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

If you take an honest look at society as a whole there's a few gigantic problems hindering our progress as a species. MAPS is addressing one of those problems proactively everyday; the drug war, our understanding of drugs and how they work on the mind, and to cure the social stigma associated with psychedelics. The task which MAPS has undertaken is ambitious and needs our support. Breaking through the social stigma about substances commonly associated with old pagan cultures and ritualistic tribal use in today's pharmaceutical society is difficult but the potential benefits to mankind are vast and MAPS understands there's more to good health than a companies profit margin. With our support and a little luck, MAPS may change the face of medicine including the treatment of PTSD in our US Armed Forces in the next decade.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Honestly, I don't feel like bootlicking for this charity. They deserve to be an entire bureau of the health dept. They deserve to have a center wherein to implement newly theorized therapuetic techniques and be allowed space to grow psychedelics and have a school and retreat center. They deserve justice, quite frankly, and I don't think that 5000$ it going to give it to them, to give to us, the community. However, I believe wholeheartedly that Mr. Doblin and his intrepid staff are capable of using even a small 5000 grant toward that goal efficiently and practically so I guess this is not bootlicking. Yes, by all means give it to them, and help them get more.

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Donor

Rating: 5

MAPS may be one of the most important medical nonprofit organizations in existence. It is dedicated to pushing science and medicine to new heights and challenges society to think a little more outside the box.

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Donor

Rating: 5

MAPS is leading the way into the future of psycho-medical treatments with relevant and coherent psychedelic research that can be scientifically proven and empirically validated. Funded as a non-profit organisation and backed by a highly qualified and dedicated team of fellow human beings - all of whom are compassionate and understanding towards people undergoing P.T.S., psychological distress from terminal illnesses, migraines, and other debilitating ailments - they do their utmost to ensure that anyone undergoing a psychological affliction is given every chance to re-intergrate back into a healthy and vibrant mode of living without being crippled or impaired by unnecessary and prolonged medical treatments. Without this essential work into the psychological benefits of psychedelics, modern medicine may well linger far too long in a false Cartesian dualistic understanding of mind and body: one that sees these two essences of a human being as discreetly separate from one another, to be treated independently of each other... Rather than seeing a more accurate representation of the mind and body as monism than heals itself interdependently. This is probably the most important medical research being conducted in our time. MAPS needs you... And, believe it or not, you need MAPS! So donate today and support the future of this sustainable and highly effective medical treatment... Wake up and see it all for what it really is... The key to our well Being!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

MAPS is a wonderful, wonderful organization. Psychedelics are often looked down upon because they are illegal and the public is widely misinformed. However, this never stops MAPS. They believe in their mission and go for it no matter what. Their research has the ability to help so many people and I truly, truly value it. I can't wait to be a part of this organization - in whatever way possible.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

MAPS has changed my life and others in countless ways. I love it's mission, and I love it's people. Without it, the world would be without vital information about substances that millions of people ingest. It is also opening new doors for people to help them treat conditions that standard medication has been unable to help. Please support MAPS today for a better future!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Changing the perception of psychedelics among the general population and, indeed, the elistes of industry and science is an uphill battle - one made all the harder by negative media coverage, ignorance, religious demonisation and the ill's of addictive narcotics lumped in with psychedelics. MAPS does an exemplary job at trying to inform the public through open testing and research, sharing their knowledge with the general public. Long may they prosper, they do fantastic work which is often misunderstood and marginalised because of it's controversial stance. It should be remembered that psychedelics are non-addictive, non-destructive substances - not to be confused with pharmaceuticals, crack, coke, meth and the litany of other drugs which girl pharmacopia a bad name.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

MAPS is the leading organization for the leading cause of all humanity at this day and age. Without work into the psychological benefits of psychedelics, humanity is at a serious disadvantage. This is the most important research of our time and other than MAPS the only people getting involved are completely in the underground. MAPS is in great need of support and the world is in great need of MAPS. This work is urgent, this work is essential, this work is done by MAPS. Great organization, great cause, not so great funding. Please show the insight that our government lacks, the inherent value of psychedelics in the post-modern era.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The MAPS organization has made significant strides in restoring respectability to the use of entheogenic compounds for the alleviation of human suffering. Thanks to the efforts of its top-notch staff, scientific research is once again being sponsored in this field after four decades of reactionary prohibition. The "Psychedelic Science in the 21st Century" conference they recently sponsored in April received supportive worldwide coverage that included CNN, the BBC and the front page of the New York Times. Founder Rick Doblin has taken a noble idea and, with a lot of hard work, brought it to a state of fruition that can benefit people’s lives in a practical and humanitarian way. He has shown us a glimmer of hope for a new age, in a world that otherwise seems to be slowly sinking into chaos. I'm proud to be a part of it.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This group is doing more to help the world that any other organization anywhere. By challenging the common lack of understanding, we will soon be able to use medicine to keep our hearts, minds, and spirits engaged with the beauty of the earth. In a world of ignorance, it is nice to find a candle to light up a corner in a very dark room.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Thus far I have only been able to help MAPS monetarily, but the information that they have provided me with has been invaluable. I am a professional in the medical field, and I, like many of my colleagues, believe whole heartedly in the potential of psychedelic science to cure disease and enrich lives. MAPS is a well run, forward thinking organization that deserves whole-hearted support.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering at Psychedelic Science in the 21st century was a life changing experience for me in many ways. MAPS and it's supporters are truly dedicated to integrity and healing in individuals as well as in our entire society and culture.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

MAPS is a organisation that is dedicated to the exploration of a controversial field,a field that few want to touch but that may hold quite a few diamonds in the rough for medicine as we know it today.They deserve our support if not for the dedication and the hard work they put into organising this research then at least for being the only ones bold enough to touch the studies of psychedelics in this day and age.

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Donor

Rating: 5

MAPS has consistently achieved progression in utilising the natural capacity of the mind to enhancing its potential that was previously thought improbable, all through proven scientific endeavour. It is leading the way in research clarifying therapeutic substances and techniques that will ultimately be of great use for helping return people to a healthy state.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Having worked closely with MAPS on a couple occasions, I am continually surprised by how dedicated, courageous, and skillful this organization is. No other organization that I know of has been as successful overcoming systemic bias to introduce wonderful therapies to a growing mainstream audience. They have done a commendable job at pooling their resources to assist researchers conducting studies that, in my opinion, are essential to the future of psychiatry. No other nonprofit that I know of has been so willing to defy societal taboos for what they believe is right. As an attendee of their recent conference, I must say that MAPS exceeded my highest expectations in every way imaginable.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

MAPS is an organization that is helping scientists further the research into the potential uses of psychedelic compounds for the benefit of humanity. These misunderstood chemicals have such great potential but a greatly disparaged view by industrialized society. MAPS will be a leader in the progress of scientific research into the biology, effects, and use of psychedelics.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

MAPS is at the forefront of psychedelic research not only within the USA, but globally. The gifted and brilliant minds conducting research are uncovering new treatment methods encompassing a vast array of psychological disorders. With their observations, reasoning, and scientific data, they will be able showcase their finite and indisputable results concerning their new methods of treatment.

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8 ValerieM2000

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

MAPS is an effective non profit which is doing groundbreaking research on novel treatments for PTSD. MAPS cares about results, and they have an excellent staff of highly dedicated, talented, and hard working individuals.

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