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Multidisciplinary Association For Psychedelic Studies

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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 has completed two Phase 2 FDA studies using MDMA-assisted psychotherapy to treat PTSD, and is in the process of four other similar studies. MAPS also has a study looking at LSD-assisted psychotherapy for treating end-of-life anxiety, an outcome study of the benefits of ibogaine for opiate dependence, and a protocol to investigate medical marijuana to relieve symptoms of PTSD.

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

Geographic areas served: Worldwide

Programs: Maps' primary focus is research into mdma-assisted psychotherapy ($1,094,575), especially phase 2 research into mdma-assisted psychotherapy in subjects with chronic, treatment-resistant ptsd. In this fiscal year, maps treated the 18th subject in our charleston, south carolina mdma/ptsd study in 24 veterans, firefighters and police officers. An 8th subject was treated in our study in boulder, colorado for people suffering from ptsd from any source, a fourth subject was treated in our mdma/ptsd study in beer yaakov, israel, and an irb approved the amendments for our mdma/ptsd study in vancouver, canada. A 7th therapist participated in our mdma-assisted psychotherapy therapist training study. In addition to our core clinical research, this fiscal year we began planning a series of studies in collaboration with researchers who work with the u. S. Department of veterans affairs' national center for ptsd. We'll be exploring the use of mdma along with more traditional psychotherapeutic methods for treating ptsd including cognitive-behavioral conjoint therapy, cognitive processing therapy, and prolonged exposure therapy. We also began our study looking at the safety and efficacy of using mdma-assisted therapy for anxiety in adults on the autism spectrum and began preparations for a study of mdma-assisted psychotherapy for end-of-life anxiety. These studies will grow significantly in the coming year. Mdma-study related program expenses include costs of video data storage and streaming systems development, budgeting, contracting, and meetings; the costs of developing the treatment manual; training therapists; blinded therapist adherence training; and costs of reviewing and documenting all published mdma literature. There are also mdma-study related supervision of therapists, presentation of our data at professional conferences, and costs to manage the mdma purchased early in our work and to secure the drug for phase 3 trials expected to begin in 2016. Clinical research general costs cover the development of the infrastructure needed for our mdma clinical trials, including work with communications and fundraising departments, staff professional development and conferences, and video streaming and statistical software. Most of the clinical research expenses are personnel, including personnel at each study site: principal investigators, co-investigators, independent raters, overnight physicians, attendant, and study coordinators, as well as maps' internal staff: the clinical director, research associates, information specials, data coordinators and statistical consultants. Ibogaine research expenses were dedicated to completing our studies in mexico ($3,816), and new zealand ($6,329). Lsd research expenses ($12,185) were primarily used for the march 2014 publication of our lsd end-of-life anxiety article in the journal of nervous and mental disease. Marijuana research ($14,905) covered the costs of developing the protocol for a pilot study in which marijuana will be tested to manage symptoms in 76 veterans with chronic, treatment-resistant ptsd, and our efforts to end the public health service (phs) review and the national institute of drug abuse (nida) monopoly of the sale of marijuana for clinical research.

education expenses include harm reduction, events, publications and communications programs. Our zendo project provides a supportive space for people undergoing difficult psychedelic experiences in order to help turn those experiences into opportunities for learning and personal growth, and to reduce the number of drug-related psychiatric hospitalizations and arrests. Services were provided at five major events in fiscal year 2014: burning man (black rock city, nv), envision (costa rica), afrikaburn (south africa), bicycle day (san francisco, ca), and lightning in a bottle (bradley, ca). In order to share recent findings and to inspire existing and new support, maps produced events on psychedelic and marijuana research in colorado, vancouver and santa cruz; and attended more than 17 events that others produced, providing speakers, exhibits, sales of books and maps bulletins, and free distribution of clinical protocols and articles from peer-reviewed journals. Communications included publishing three maps bulletins, and 12 email newsletters, maintaining maps. Org, mdmaptsd. Org, mapscanada. Org, psychedelicscience. Org, and launching mdma-autism. Org. Maps produced "manifesting minds," with north atlantic books, reprinted albert hofmann's "lsd: my problem child," and began work with stanislav grof on his new book, "the visionary world of h. R. Giger. " in spring 2014, maps offered its first webinar, "psychedelic science," in collaboration with evolver learning labs. Maps saw significant growth in coverage of its work in social, online, and traditional media. Maps. Org had 511,449 unique visits and 1,809,246 page views. Facebook likes more than doubled to 89,282. Twitter followers increased 140%, to 17,099. Youtube subscriptions increased 256% to 5,313. Maps received 344 unique media mentions from online and print publications with significant reach. Media outlets include the los angeles times, the new york times, the san francisco chronicle, reason, scientific american, cnn, usa today, msnbc, time, associated press, fox news, forbes, nbc news, playboy, santa cruz sentinel, tricycle, business insider, npr, vice, and southern california public radio (kpcc).

this year, maps operationalized its long-running fiscal sponsorship program, clarifying and updating contracts, process, and structure. This program supports projects that are in alignment with maps mission and vision by offering donors a way to give to a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization. Maps monitors the project budget, takes a small fee, and sends the donor a receipt for their contribution.

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111 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

I'll do a lot of volunteer fo Camp Spirit Lake. One of the them is to make sure thaht people remember a detention camp of First world war in Abitibi, Quebec, Canada. Since 1998, i worked to establish Historical interpretation center about East European immigrant that were unfairly interned because they didn't possess official paper and were considered dangerous for the security of Canada. This year will open the Historical Interpretation Center. Just look at this website: campspiritlake.ca Next, i'm a volounteer in an organization that is very implicated in archeological digging in Abitibi: Archeo-08. Right, we work with Algonguin to hep them to recover a part of their past. For, it's always been important to look at the past. So, i always be there give a hand.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

As a psy-crisis counsellor at various western Canadian festivals, I have benefited from MAPS resources for education and MAPS individuals for training. The MAPS organization provides an invaluable service to our community.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked in the past with MAPS and they are an absolutely wonderful organization. I have nothing but praise for MAPS and will continue to volunteer.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is an organization that offers valuable information taken from reliable and respected sources and delivers it to the general public as well as health practitioners and other professionals. MAPS is really stepping out of the box and bringing a controversial topic that has great benefits to the public in a very professional and respected way.

Review from Guidestar

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been aware of maps for 15 years and I feel that they have been instrumental in re legimitizing the use of psychedelic compounds in medicine and psychiatry. Thier work, research, and funding studies domestically and abroad has been a gift to science and humanity as a whole. Thier publishings are very informative and professionally put together.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization is wonderfully helpful is spreading knowledge on previously/currently taboo topics. These guys do a great job de-mystifying and are working hard to share and make into a science, what so much misinformation has kept us in the dark about psychedelics. The tools they offer to the curious searching individual, like myself, has probably saved me from jumping into bad situations and has helped me develop healthy ways of researching and developing a game plan for how I participate (in life and with psychedelics). Much love to MAPS!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

MAPS is doing important and pioneering research that is helping modern culture understand the beneficial healing effects derived from many substances whose efficacy, now anecdotel, has not been clinically proven. As we face the next century, with all the challenges poised by billions of people living with finite resources, I believe this information will add greatly to the tools humanity has available to help us continue to evolve sustainably and democratically.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

MAPS is funding research into the medical use of psychedelic drugs, which have amazing potential. Without a doubt we need more data on the efficacy of these drugs to treat illness, and MAPS is leading the way into the light.

Review from Guidestar

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

MAPS is a rare and heroic organization dedicated to the relief of suffering and the spiritual evolution of humanity. I personally believe that psychedelics used properly can increase the intellectual and emotional intelligence of our species and network us with other intelligences in the world and in the universe.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have experience with MAPS in relation to Kosmicare, the spiritual emergencies places in festivals. It's an incredible experience at all levels.

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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.

Review from Guidestar

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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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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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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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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

Review from Guidestar

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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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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!

Review from Guidestar

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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.

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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.

Review from Guidestar