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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.

Community Stories

111 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Everyone at MAPS is doing their darndest to bestow a magical gift to the world, sometimes in the face of incredible opposition. They really care about making a difference!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was fortunate to meet Rick and his wonderful team in Jordan in the summer of 2009. I then helped channel MAPS through their Jordanian MDMA assisted psychotherapy project, reflecting the importance of creating some minor protocol changes to meet the various cultural, religious and ideological challenges that may be faced to overcome any differences that may have been previously conceived. MAPS have been extremely determined and successful in moving this particular project forward. I hope that they can overcome any challenges or obstacles in the future to help raise awareness and move psychedelic research forward for the greater good of mankind.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Helps u understand the process and medicinal application for these plants.I've personally experienced the results of this organization in the plethora of informatin they are able to provide me.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

MAPS is an organization I believe in. modern culture is full of social anxiety and depression that psychiatrist and psychotherapist can not correct without the help of psychedelic assistance. These substances help create an atmosphere of understanding which self reflection is possible. MAPS understands the necessity of these Pharmacological spirit guides and helps promote their beneficial effects on people suffering from a variety of social on psychological disorders.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

Maps is a great organization. They are shedding light on very concept clouded topics. Their research can and could help so many people. Keep up the good work.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

MAPS is a revoluionary organization that reflects the future of the world. It makes me happy to know that there are sound minded professionals who believe in the beneficial medical powers of psychedelic substances. This organization stands for genuine integrity and unity, which are qualities lacking in other organizations. I have high hopes for this nonprofit.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Many times MAPS has helped me to find ways of overcoming the effects of war caused PTSD I Australia I cannot obtain MDMA therapy and have had to go to HolLand where I was able to obtain pure MDMA with the help of MAPS but have not been able to get the guidance needed to get the full benefit of MDMA therapy however I did acheive some positive change and as such have tried to get the DVA over here to run tests on such therapy some interest has been shown but they will not allow such tests until told to by American authorities I try to pass more information arond as many are interested in both the healing and spiritual side of such research I am now attempting to return to Holland and attempt more self healing with or, with out guidance, which I feel is very important part of any such healing attempt The world needs such research to hlep bring about the change in values and life so badly needed if we are to live in peace and love!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

MAPS is patiently and professionally providing the support that researchers need in order to navigate bureaucratic mazes and increase public awareness of the life-changing work that is being done around the world with psychedelics. Fear and misinformation forces promising research underground, where dangerous conditions are more likely and peer review is impossible. By working to create situations where claims can be tested and discussion encouraged, MAPS is opening up entirely new career choices for a new generation of researchers, and providing hope for many people who have had no luck with existing treatments. We are at a turning point right now with regard to shifting the balance in the drug war, and supporting MAPS is a great way to make your time and money matter.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

MAPS was very supportive to me and with this support we were able to do rigorous scientific stdudies. results of these stduies had been published in the international peer reviewed psychiatric journals.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

These powerful medicines are prohibited from being researched. MAPS has played a leading role in educating decisionmakers on their value for post traumatic stress, addictions and end-of-life issues. No other organization has taken this on. Legalizing research is a critical part of progress. I am honored to be part of MAPS.

Review from Guidestar

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization is the most effective at producing research in this area. The research is unquestionably important, and MAPS is willing to do what many other companies won't because of other profit incentives that exist.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Love Rick Doblin and this organization. It wasn't until after I found MAPS that I realized I was normal. The educational benifits and the comradre have left an endelible impression on my persona. If you want to talk about politics, they're setting the standard for frontier breaking consciousness research that I believe is important for the future of the planet.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I feel strongly that MAPS plays a very important and unique function in our society. The scientific investigation of psychedelics for medicinal and healing purposes is a topic that I hold dear as a current medical student and future physician. The way in which I will one day practice medicine should not be determined by political hysteria or misinformation, but rather by the honest evidence provided to us by the scientific method and direct human experience. I am very grateful to MAPS for the pioneering work they are conducting and for making my future possible.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

"An invasion of armies can be resisted... but there is no force on earth that can resist the power of an idea whose time has come." -- Victor Hugo Today humanity faces a critical phase in its evolution. We know that what we've been doing is not working... we need to change our direction and the time to do this grows increasingly short. MAPS may hold valuable keys to helping us all come to a better understanding of ourselves and our place in the Universe. MAPS is working openly and honestly to help bring accurate, reliable information to aid us all in making important decisions about our future path.

Review from Guidestar

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

It offers a great opportunity for scientist to put together their ideas and energy about topics that, being crucial for our understanding of human nature, don't receive much attention from stablished organizations.

Review from Guidestar

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

MAPS is doing a great service for the global community in their studies in a field which is still undiscovered to the whole modern world. MAPS researches and exploration are bringing uncountable benefits to the entire medical world and to the acceleration of Human awareness.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

MAPS has inspired me in the idea that I could pursue studies in the clinical efficacy of what have been historically referred to as psychedelics. They have been pivotal in re-shaping our collective attitudes and quelling fears about these powerful medicines. MAPS has given hope to the possibilities for new healing interventions based on ancient wisdom.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

MAPS is doing a stellar job supporting and coordinating research that is desperately needed today. Its membership base includes some of the leading minds in worldwide therapeutic circles; individuals whose dedication and compassion are first class. I have personally benefited greatly from the work of this organization.

Review from Guidestar

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

MAPS is an incredible organization doing extraordinary work. Thanks for your dedicated work to advancing science and the treatment of PTSD!

Review from Guidestar

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

In my experience MAPS is an indispensable resource for researchers and people in need of cutting edge research in areas such as cluster headache, ptsd, dealing with terminal cancer and how the mind and the body interacts. Not only the research they support directly, but also the stance they keep that states that current and credible science should not be judged by old shock media based prejudice and misconceptions. This acts like a guiding star and a beacon of hope for people in a field that have had to take more oppression than most since the days of Galilei. I tip my hat to the hard working non profit organisation MAPS for aiding where help is needed and few dare to walk.

Review from Guidestar