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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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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

It's about time we took off our blinders and looked at reality as it really is. MDMA and natural plant medicines never should have been restricted in the first place. These political/religious power plays should not be allowed to continue; the public has a right to explore all healing modalities. I strongly support the mission of MAPS.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have a dear friend who received treatment with MAPS after being stabbed by her husband as he stabbed himself to death at the same time. She died clinically, and fought to return. She succeeded. Her recovery was blessed by the magic of MAPS. Spirit works closely with those who trust and believe.

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Donor

Rating: 5

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.

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Donor

Rating: 4

In my Masters class in Paradigms of Consciousness, we were asked to monitor the media for evidence of a shift from a Cartesian worldview to Perennial Philosophy. The New York Times highlighted the San Jose MAPS conference on Page A1, citing the use of hallucinogens to help depressed cancer patients face death and find meaning in life. My professor, who has had personal experience with ayahuasca, was impressed by my paper.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

MAPS has played a key role in assisting Professor Lyle Kraker, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, seek a registration from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration to cultivate Cannabis for clinical research. This long-term project will enable numerous researchers in the U.S. to learn much more about the functioning of the cannabinoid system within the body, and the numerous functions which it regulates. Because of the politicized ostracism of Cannabis and cannabinoid research, MAPS project to create a source of Cannabis for research that is independent of the federal anti-drug bureaucracy is essential to promote basic science. MAPS has demonstrated the vision, competence, and determination to drive this project ahead. This is just one instance of its important work.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This organisation is embarking on a very important task of defining and shaping the tools to aid in the discovery of therapies and medications to help people recover from much ignored and misunderstood states of living in terms of physical and mental health, be it improving or abolishing the sufferring associated with the mental or physical health condition. To put it bluntly most of their goals would not only improve the lives of those in need but vastly improve the lives of the so called 'normal' society we live in. The permutations of their success would no doubt be seen as an evolotionary step forward.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I helped out with as an assistant for one of John Halpern's studies through MAPS at McLean hospital two summers ago. MAPS is a blessing for the world. They are the only ones not only brave enough to share the truth of the power of these sacred medicines but also willing to work through the seemingly insurmountable barriers to letting the world see it. Rock on MAPS show everyone the power of opening to Love.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I suffer from cluster headaches. It was through MAPS site I learned that some people alleviate these cluster headaches through the use of psychedelic mushrooms. When I tried the method, it helped. Also, as a journalist, I have cited MAPS research in my work, and staff members have been helpful when I needed to contact them for information about stories. Thanks, MAPS!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

maps is a great org. It have really helped my closed ones to understand the positive effects psych. Substances can have. And is the no1 in studies and information that can help and benefit both individuals and society.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

I attended the Maps psychedelic science conference in April and met people that helped me with my dissertation on gay and lesbian people's experience with ayahuasca. I attended presentations on the many uses of psychedelics and how they affect people and attended presentations on ayahuasca. the topic of my dissertation. I was able to meet participants and consult with experts. It was very useful and I eventually met the reader for my dissertation there.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As an advocate for comprehensive drug policy reform the science provided by MAPS is invaluable to overcoming prejudice. In my own life, it was an informational written by MAPS that helped me identify my headache pattern as “Cluster headaches.” As a public supporter of MAPS, I find fellow supporters in the most unlikely places. Most recently, I was at a state political party dinner when the stranger seated next to me brought up a recent MAPS study. We were pleasantly surprised to find one another--between the two of us we educated another 8 people at the table about the important research MAPS supports!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

In a world were the powers are against the research and the facts and prefer to be ignorant of the true way things are in this world MAPS has broken through started to get great minds to think alike and to bring others who may never consider that this reaserch is needed in to the fold thank you MAPS

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

MAPS success will do a great deal for breaking down a part of the Western Culture's ethnocentrism, which I believe is holding our culture back from what it could be. The narrow-minded belief that only "modern scientific medicine is the best for curing people of their ailments" is an approach which does not leave room for understanding and truly accepting the healing methods used by other cultures. In it's wisdom, MAPS is working within our current culture and modern scientific methods to grow an understanding and general acceptance of the great power of psychedelic compounds, the taking of which has been a staple healing method of many indigenous cultures. When Western Culture can look past ethnocentrism and accept the validity of other beliefs, especially in methods of healing, a more well-rounded culture can emerge.

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Donor

Rating: 5

It brings tears to my eyes that finally after centuries of global ignorance, apathy and fear regarding psychedelic medicines a group of people stands up and believes that we as humanity have an obligation to educate ourselves about all the possibilities that science and nature have delivered us. And that includes psychedelics! Helping people who suffer mentally or psychically by giving them these medicines is love and compassion in its purest form. I wish my father had known MAPS before he died of cancer.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I'm new to MAPS but am thrilled to find they exist and are doing this work. I ate Psilocybin mushrooms as a teenager and, though I would not recommend their use to anyone of that age, they had a profound affect on my life. I switched my college major to botany, traveled to India and lived in yoga ashrams for 15 years. I live in the south and have a cow pasture across my driveway. I eat mushrooms 2-3 times per year. I own my own business and am very active in my community. I believe appropriate use of natural mind expanders can greatly enrich one's spirital life.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

MAPS is a great organization that helps fund and support research and puts together clinicians and researchers on this value of psychedelic studies and medical treatment. I found their recent conference in San Jose inspirational and hope that they continue to be supported.

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Donor

Rating: 1

I have followed the work of MAPS since its inception and admire their tenacity and how much they have accomplished on a very small budget. No other organization focuses like they do on this important area of medicine.

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Donor

Rating: 5

MAPS performs a service for society that no other organization does. When I was an undergrad in the early 1980's I immersed myself in all the research literature which looked at the possibilities using psychotropic substances for treating mental illness, for enhancing creativity and for spiritual exploration. I wanted to continue at the graduate level, but I could not find any graduate psych programs that would support my efforts. By 1986, the year that MAPS was founded, I had given up my dream of pursuing a career in psychedelic research. My graduate studies went in a different direction. I never looked back, that is until around 2004 when I discovered MAPS. I have been a proud member ever since, supporting their efforts to advance the use of these substances for the benefit of humanity.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am new to MAPS having attended the San Jose conference two months ago. I must say I was impressed with the turn out and the momentous nature of the event. I am most grateful for the people who have stuck out their necks to push forward this very important research. I am a one who believes that the disciplined use of psychedelics and cannabis can bring huge benefits to society. Without MAPS, I fear that there would be no serious discussion of the merits of these therapies.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

In addition having taken various substances both recreationally and experimentaly, I have also read a fair degree of both sides of the arguments for and against the exploration of psychedelics. The outlawing of these substances illustrates the misguided perceptions that some people can have,making the work of M.A.P.S even more important and vital. The open minded attitudes and research of M.A.P.S is essential for the improvement of our understanding of human consciousness and wellbeing,and of course the actions and true effectiveness of these substances. The members of M.A.P.S are to be applauded for their continuing work in what is for some, a controversial area.

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Donor

Rating: 5

MAPS does crucial, diligent and thorough work towards the end of helping humanity make the best use of the psychoactive plants and substances it has been given. In a societal climate that generally ranges from hostile to skeptical, MAPS provides a clearheaded, rational perspective on these substances and their value, while working tirelessly with governments and other agencies to advance the cause of greater health for all.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Overall, I feel that MAPS has helped to promote a postive perspective on the demonized group of psychedelic & entheogenic substances. Being a person who has experimented with these types of substances I firmly believe that without these inhibitors many lives would have no direction and have no true understanding of religous experience. We all need to reform our understanding of this groups of pioneers and their research to help all of mankind evolve in their perspective of the relationship we have with the world around us.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

MAPS is important to the world because it is clear to anyone that mind-altering drugs are a powerful force for humanity, but without the people that work at MAPS these findings would stay within the realm of self-help and recreational usage. The work they do is of incalculable importance to society, I know from my own life how big the healing properties of these substances can be. Now lets find ways to apply these effects in a controled manner and help out those who need help. I am an ex bio-medical engineer. I quit because I don't agree too much with the pharmaceutical industry. MAPS gives a wholesome alternative, often getting to the root of the problem where regular medicine just treat the symptoms. With love for the world!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

MAPS does terrific work, a voice of reason in a wilderness of lies and distortions. We need more oraganizations like MAPS with the courage to speak truth to power.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

My late husband was chaplain to a psychiatric hospital, he had had previous experience of working with addiction, and was a volunteer at both a national and local level for a mental health charity. He felt deeply about the limitations of treatment for mental illness, and the powerlessness and social and economic exclusion that often accompany a mental health problem. In the last years of his life he came across the early research on psychedelics, including the Good Friday Experiment and the work of Stanislav Grof, and was excited about the future possibility of patients with conditions likely to respond to therapy using psychedelics being freed from long term medication and able to gain control over their lives again. He was not aware of MAPS, but I would like to think that at some level of existence he is rejoicing that such an organisation exists, and that their careful research may soon offer hope to people with a wide variety of mental health disorders.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I first heard of MAPS when I was setting up my university's branch of Students for Sensible Drug Policy UK. As someone who, generally, in my life, takes a firm stand for rationalism and against any superstitions/dogmas that stand in the way of humanity's efforts to understand itself and the universe, I can only applaud the tenacity of an organisation that refuses to accept on trust the idea that certain drugs have no legitimate medical uses, and engages in systematic trials to find out whether and to what degree psychedelics can help treat psychological illnesses. Of course, as a long-time opponent of the war on drugs on moral grounds (the idea that someone deserves to be punished simply for one's choice of recreational chemical seems as repugnant as the idea that someone should be punished for their sexual orientation or choice of religion), I must regard MAPS as part of the R&D department of this particular social justice movement, in that it is much harder to demonise people who use a particular drug if that drug has become part of mainstream medicine. I'm just surprised there aren't more organisations doing this kind of work.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

MAPS brings together an extraordinary mix of people with widely differing backgrounds, necessarily sharing only a common interest in the topic of psychoactive drugs. The organization acts as an advocate for some of those people, who might have otherwise had no voice at all. In other cases it allows individuals who might have acted on their own to instead cooperate to make a stronger statement. Though the topics MAPS addresses don't always find favor with governmental/business groups, MAPS always marches boldly forward, and combining a principled approach with a core of pragmatism quite skillfully. Bravo to Rick Doblin, and to all the members, associates and hangers-on of the MAPS community.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

MAPS is unique. Its pioneering resources & research program provide a depth of quality information and debate that is unequalled anywhere else in the world. [1] MAPS volunteers represent the forefront of knowledge in this valuable territory of brain research. Posting a question to MAPS can provide state-of-the-art discussion and data that I could not have obtained elsewhere. [2] Crucially, MAPS makes its resources freely available (you do not need a membership subscription). Again, pioneering in the belief that access to research should be open to all. I am indebted to MAPS and its volunteers for keeping me updated and informed for the past 15 years. ~ an invaluable rescource. Dr. Helena Watts, Imperial College London, UK.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I know MAPS and the President Rick Doblin since 1990 and I´m amazed how successful MAPS is in providing research in the area of psychedelic medicine. Through steady effort and profound work with experts this is possible. It is very necessary to research these substances for certain areas where common medicine fails.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

MAPS helps people to keep abreast with the therapeutic and positive effects of psychedelics. The hype around the bad effects suppresses the immense benefits that can be derived if the same drugs are used in a therapeutic setting under supervision. Its high time to get some real knowledge on the so called drugs our youngsters are using and see if theres any fire behind the smoke. Substances classified as Psychoactive have indubitably been used since the beginning of time across all cultures. And there must be a reason to why our elders were fans of ayahuasca, peyote and mescaline, to name a few. Its time to rediscover that knowledge and use it safely to bring our brains back into balance with nature. We need to know more and be fully informed before we slander substances as "bad". A little knowledge is a dangerous thing. MAPS is the future. Of right info on drugs. We don't trust a government that lets the most violence causing substances sell freely Hint hint! ALCOHOL! yet keeps marijuana, the chill pill like high illegal. Ever heard of domestic violence after ONLY a JOINT? (not taken together with other things, alcohol etc)....we need to be INFORMED! And MAPS does it! Thank you. I do wish you would hold conferences the world over though instead of concentrating them in some areas as i live on the other side of the world and can't really attend them :(. The rest is Good. Thank you. Keep going!!!!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I discovered maps through the internet. I've always been a student of psychedelia and was heartened to see such honest straightforward interest and inquiry into the nature and usefullness of theses substances. To that end I know of no other organization doing such work.

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Donor

Rating: 4

MAPS is a gift to our society. My work as a researcher, mental health clinician, and social justice advocate has been enhanced through the information and diverse perspectives found the organization's healing social and spiritual explorations. For about a year I let me membership laps. This was in reaction to receiving an unhelpful response after I inquired about the MAPS therapist training (mentioned in a research proposal). I basically received a message that to learn more about the therapist training I had to attend the upcoming MAPS conference. Living on the other side of the country and being busy person, going to the conference was not an option. I felt frustrated that this information appeared to be off limits because of my inability to attend this conference. Request for donations and renewal of membership continued to appear in my mail and email box. I considered writing to Rick concerning my experience, and at the same time, I have been busy with other obligations. After receiving a recent MAPS publication on Death and Dying, i decided to set aside the disappointment I felt with my last interaction and renew my membership. I believe in the medicine MAPS provides to cultures. The publication on Death and Dying reminded me of the importance of supporting this organization.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was introduced to MAPS while working on my PhD about psychedelic music. It proved to be a reliable source about the effects of psychedelics on human psyché. Thanks to Rick and other contributors Alain Pire - PhD - Belgium

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Donor

Rating: 5

MAPS is an incredible organization working towards a very noble and important cause - to bring the therapeutic benefits of psychedelics into the limelight so millions of patients all over the world can benefit from new treatments. They are the only charity I have come across that is working towards this goal. My experiences with MAPS have all been positive, I wholly support their work and would encourage anyone think of supporting them to do so.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I was introduced to MAPS during research in Ibogaine Studies, and the Harm Reduction movement. Since then, I have joined as a student member, and attended the recent conference in San Jose, CA. I am very impressed with the ability of this organization to pull together such highly talented individuals of such varied backgrounds, who are dedicated to opening the doors to developments that have been waiting in the wings for decades. Working together, using science and rigorous research methods, and on the basis of a social need and on spiritual and cultural expression, to further this important work. Thank you, MAPS, I hope to join you in this work one day soon!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been tracking MAPS since shortly before its inception - about 25 years. Astonishingly, MAPS met its ambitious agenda, bridging scientific, social, legal and political hurdles that had hampered researchers for most of a century.

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4

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

MAPS is the leading and most dedicated organization in the field of psychedelic drugs. They are supporting, conducting and financing groundbreaking research that will help humankind in every possible way. My experience with them is only positive as I have talked to several members and they have always provided me with excellent data and helped explain numerous issues in this field. I know they are conducting a lot of research in Europe (because of legal issues back at the US) and I think they should branch out to (Continental) Europe even more! I personally also think that they should work more closely with established institutes that currently lack their viewpoint and establish research contacts with the 'opposition'.

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Donor

Rating: 4

The MAPS Psychedelic Science Conference in 2010 was a landmark, watershed event, bringing together some great minds and scientists, and the community in general. MAPS is leading the way in a renewal of psychedelic studies, in terms of chemistry, pharmacology, neuroscience, psychology and more, a renewal that is likely to have far-reaching consequences for modern science and society as a whole.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I first got to know about them in a conference about schamanism and psychedelics, in Peru. After that I receive e-mails about what's new in psychedelic research every month. Last month they also forwarded a message of a need for volunteerworkers, at a psychedelic festival in Portugal. I like this a lot because it gave me an option to help out in a way that is possible for me. Donating money is not an option since I'm a poor student. Neither is travelling to the Americas, at the moment, because I live in Europe.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

While working in the office I had the opportunity to assist participants, researchers, and guests trying to make it to the conference. Phone calls, messages, and assembly of name badges. I felt appreciated by the whole team at MAPS, including heartfelt appreciation from Rick Doblin for my volunteering time. The highlight of my service was driving some of the main speakers for the conference from the airport to the hotel. I had one on one conversation time in the car, which was very personal and intimate. Specifically I spoke with the Mithoefer's about their breakthrough study of MDMA with PTSD patients. After that conversation I felt inspired and very hopeful of all the different realms where this treatment can be used for true healing. Personally, I would love to be part of future studies and offer what I call a Psychedelic tour guide. This is someone who helps guide, brings comfort, and inspiration to those who are journeying for the first time...We'll see.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

always updated,available and kind.able to organize and explain,devoted to the cause of making people feeling better.positive attitude and always smiling.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

MAPS is a wonderful Non-Profit from whom I receive frequent informative email updates and have attended one seminar about the benefits of re-introducing psychedelic research into the medical system.

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Donor

Rating: 5

MAPS is in a crucial position to make the change in the minds of humanity that must happen for our species to have a future. There is a famous quote by Einstein that goes something like "problems can not be solved by the same minds that created them". This speaks to the necessity of MAPS work to validly research and document the potential of psychoactive medications to positively impact our psychological wellbeing and cognitive potential. A few hours ago I treated in my ED a young veteran suffering from debilitating PTSD. I wish that he and so many others of his peers had access to the incredible treatments that MAPS studies have demonstrated under research conditions.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been directly and indirectly involved with MAPS for over a decade now. The doors that have been opened to me as a result of giving my time and energy to such an organization are innumerable. Their vision is clear and their goals are for the higher good. Yeah MAPS!

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4

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

A very courageous and scholarly organization, supporting and promoting research and accuracy in an area that most people won't speak up for. Years from now when people are routinely being given psychedelic therapy to help with PTSD, depression, end of life care, etc, when it's finally routine and acceptable, MAPS should be praised for being there when the subject was still all but verboten. Bravo!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The organization strives to overcome the sizable stigma associated with psychedelic drugs. A field which still immediately raises eyebrows and causes head shakes. The organization has provided a refuge and authority for those hoping to seriously study the positive impact and potential dangers that these drugs have. In doing so they have and continue to better the world.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

MAPS is a very important figure in todays society. They are about the only well-known organization that does mainstream physchedlic research. I feel it is important that MAPS gets the credit it deserves.

4 bonnie-stoehn

Volunteer

Rating: 5

What researcher in her right mind would jeopardize her career by advocating for funding to study the value of psychedelic substances to society? Imagine any serious scientist touting the value of taking a look at LSD or ecstasy. The deep-seated public prejudices against these substances has virtually guarenteed that no funding for research into what they have to offer mankind ever get any serious consideration. And if not for the persistence of the M.A.P.S. team in raising not only awareness but also finding ways to raise funding for legitimate, above board, research, there might not be much hope for the victims of post traumatic stress disorder, cluster headaches, and end of life anxiety. The possibilities are astounding and border on the unimaginable. M.A.P.S. has bravely, with utmost integrity and just plain smarts, found ways to allow researchers to begin the journey of unfolding what secrets psychedelics hold for us.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Since my discovery of psychedelics about 5 years ago, my life has turned around. I feel more happy about myself, I feel I am a human spiritual being, very connected to everything around me. Psychedelics have taught me to open my heart a bit more. What made me sad is that these same psychedelics are being misused and therefore get a bad reputation. MAPS is doing valuable work in getting psychedelics the right reputation: as medicine and a tool to gain more knowledge about yourself and the divine.

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4

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a supporter of MAPS for over five years and have always been pleased with their courage and their ability to break new and valuable ground. They are determined and inspired working in such a complex field. The funds they receive are thoughtfully applied to their projects. Rick is man of great integrity, intelligence and humility. I am grateful that they continue to be sucessful in thier ground breaking work.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I was intrigued by MAPS and their agenda when I first saw some people tabling for MAPS in Oregon. They're website, studies, and events supporting the integration of psychedelics into mainstream media are push in the right direction for all of health field at large. People have been attempting to self medicate and help their health on their own for ages, and it would do the public great justice to explore many of those avenues chosen by the public to understand and help direct the public to a safer and happier future. Cheers!

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5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I see a place where people find answers to their questions. Where man can realize the multidimensional aspects of beeing a human with a body a mind and a soul. Where free thoughts are embraced. There is fresh air to breath and silence to be calm. There are no intellectual barriers vanishing the unbelievable vastness of self-realization. A place to study, to communicate, to dream. A place of existence! A place of great healing. Healing the body, healing the mind and healing the soul. Understanding the sensitive truths about about saying: I am. Thanks to MAPS mankind has one more chance to come closer and closer to this beautiful place...

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

MAPS has been the leader in bringing psychedelic studies back to the mainstream after decades of suppression by government. When psychedelics became suppressed in the 60's, scientists, psychologists and other researchers insisted that psychedelics held many valuable uses in medicine, therapy, studies of the mind and addiction. Through MAPS research, the invaluabvle legitimate uses of psychedelics are once again being researched with new developments lending more knowledge to the scientific field everyday.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

MAPS is breaking through the misunderstanding and a fear that surounds psychedelic culture to uncover the truth regarding what these powerful substance have to offer our society. There are many people longing for change in their lives and psychedelics, when used intelligently, can offer profound insight, healing, and growth.

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Donor

Rating: 5

The insights I received from my experience with psychedelic substances more than forty years ago revealed a great deal about my mind that had previously been veiled in confusion. I found an inner light to guide my life, and it has been rich and rewarding as a direct result. During a peak psychedelic experience I realized that the state I was in was exactly what the ancient wise seers from all parts of the globe were talking about. In a miraculously short period of time I found an authentic descendant of those ancient seers to teach me, and have spent my life studying Vedantic psychology and using it to help others as well as myself. I consider it a major tragedy that the life-restoring medicines known as psychedelics are barred from any legal uses. As illicit substances they are much more likely to be misused than if they were legal and honored as sacred and revelatory. Naturally, when I learned of MAPS I immediately became a supporter, and have been gratified that the organization has had significant successes in the face of intractable hostility in the political arena. Thanks to their hard work, there is a decent chance that this particular tragedy may transform into triumph. The human race needs a lot of help if we are to survive as a species. MAPS is working hard to pry open an important doorway to a much more sane future. Its project is worthy of widespread support.

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Donor

Rating: 5

MAPS has informed me of the risks and benefits of the medical use of MDMA and from a non-biased view. I remember looking at an old Vietnam vet off the corner of a local freeway exit. The face of a life lost accompanied by its companion hopelessness. It seemed to sag down not just on his face but with his worn and sweaty clothing. The stains of dirt and blood were all products of his attempts to drink away the past. This broken man was far from over just as long as death was far from him. His gestures motioned otherwise. Obviously just a psychologist wasn't enough what else can one do when someone needs to speak but the pain is too great to speak of and how? The product of MDMA reducing the fear response widens the window of communication between a trained therapist. If this man could talk for just a few session under the influence of a doctor and MDMA, would we still see the man sitting on the street corner with nothing to live for? I am a huge advocate of medicinal psychedelic treatment.

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4

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

MAPS is to be commended for its support of research involving the use of psychedelics for mitigation of PTSD symptoms and end-of-life anxiety. This is a quality of life issue for so many. The costs of untreated PTSD are not only personal for the affected individuals but social for the use of mental health and (at times) legal resources. The research on end-of-life anxiety is, in my opinion, invaluable. We will all someday deal with our transition...

4

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Maps.org is a very special organization. It represents the front line in the ongoing development of science and medicine. I have studied this field for many years and completely support the Maps team and wish them the very best for the future.

4

Donor

Rating: 5

M.A.P.S is doing some of the most important medical research in the world today. Their hard work and perseverance in the field of psychedelics has some of the most profound medical and psychological potential implications for not individuals but for society as a whole. I pray that they continue with their great success and succeed in breaking the negative stigma that psychedelic's have had for too long.

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4

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

MAPS has a truly unique mission with underlying philantropy and great motivation to carry it out. The impact of developing psychedelic drugs into non-profit medication will probably be widely understood only in the next decades. MAPS is clearly ahead of its time by having such a humanitarian vision. Following their activities for years, I am absolutely convinced that they can carry out their work with sufficient continuous support. After all, they have the most enthusiastic staff that I've ever seen in a non-profit organization, with an amazing amount of energy and good spirit to radiate. MAPS's efficiency had been clearly proved also by the recently organized cutting-edge conference, which gathered top-level scientists from all around the world. For me personally, MAPS had provided invaluable help by sharing scientific information about the latest psychedelic research that it conducts. I have used this information both for my PhD thesis in Cognitive Neuroscience and for disseminating reliable information on psychoactive substances to the general public.

4

Donor

Rating: 4

The thing I appreciate most about MAPS is that based on my perceptions (although they may be biased), MAPS has a stellar reputation in the science community. Because psychedelic research has a somewhat checkered history (although certainly no more so than any other area of psychological research), I think it is extremely important to maintian a credible reputation. MAPS covers a wide area of research, and I think that makes it even more challenging. They seem to work with top-notch scientists from all over the world and MAPS is deeply commited to this important work.

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4

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

My family has been supportive of MAPS since inception, and consider the association a shining light in a world of researchers wearing blinders. The list of fascinating contributors to this cause is very impressive, making supporting them a joy. Their cutting edge research seeks viable, alternative treatment options to facilitate healing. While remaining true to course, they respectfully comply with FDA regulations, which allow their clinical trials to continue. Bottom line is...MAPS is sincerely trying to ease our collective pain by studying the psychedelic link. May the force be with them!

5

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

maps is the most unique medical research organization to leave no stone unturned in developing educated information to allow individuals the freedom of choice with responsible support in determining our own paths in life.

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6

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The potential medical benefits of psychedelic substances are becoming more and more apparent. Unfortunately, due to the legal status of these potential medications, it has been very difficult to find scientists and sources of funding to continue pushing the boundaries of our understanding of all their healing properties. Through their charismatic and enthusiastic leadership, MAPS has been crucial to this research by procuring funding and helping willing researchers navigate the regulatory barriers to doing this important work. They also play an important role in educating medical professionals and encouraging participation in medical trials.

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