Prior to my own introduction with these powerful sacraments, I was unconvinced of there ability to provide structured meaningful therapy for those in need regarding: PTSD, alcoholism, abuse, ect.
But after personally allowing them into my psyche, It has revealed a profound world of endless possibilities for those eager to move in the direction of overcoming. It is ingrained in our being and intertwined in our bio-logy. It increases sensitivity to all of the senses and the ability to get the the bottom of the issue in the right environment (set and setting) far sooner than traditional therepy. It seams immature and childish to regard medicines of this stature as a criminal offence, for something that has the power to change habit and thought.
There doesn't exist a valid excuse for supressing scientific research with psychedelics. Like is said, psychedelics are for psychiatry and neuroscience the same as microscope is for microbiologist. Science is for seeking facts and truth, and it shouldn't be influenced by politics. MAPS is out there to change that and with decades of hard work, they are finally seeing the results. MAPS's work may result in dramatic changes in the medical fields mentioned.
As a physician treating people with opioid addictions, a chronic, relapsing disease where the available treatments have an 85% failure rate, I see the potential to help turn lives around with the use of psychedelics.
Under controlled conditions, in an open, non-judgemental setting where trust is established, it is possible for people who habitually use drugs to obliterate feelings to have the opportunity to experience awareness, trust and joy. No amount of motivational interviewing will allow people to experience what they do not know exists.
MAPS has been very instrumental in raising awareness about these issues and bringing together some of the best and brightest minds in neurology and psychiatry. A respect for the ancient cultures that gave birth to these substances seems to be integrated into their philosophy.
MAPS has been diclosing the tabu of psychoactive substance adaptive consumption. They have been facing immense legal, political and financal challanges and proved themselve to be patient, tireless and competent. After many years of their activiy we have here several rigorous psychedelic studies done and other precise research of this potent ancient psychotechnologies is coming. Im grateful I could pick up the thread of their work and proceed with promising research which could benefit human health and human-ecosystem relationship and by so it could change the way society understand itself, human nature and nature in general.
As a MAPS supporter for many years, I can say, without reservation, that the work Rick Doblin and his staff have done to promote important clinical research has been superlative. I believe MAPS along with The Heffter Society have the potential to manifest new treatment paradigms for many sufferers of mental illness. I believe these have potential for healing psychic wounds which may otherwise not respond to conventional allopathic modalities. Phillip Grob. M.D.
Review from Guidestar
As a member of the clinical research community, I was asked to review MAPS conduct of clinical trials and provide guidance. I was incredibly impressed by the clear mission to bring the high standard of clinical research and ICH guidelines to all MAPS research, to ensure data generated would be held with same level of integrity and respect as non-psychadelic (and generally accepted) research methods.
I participated a conference titled Psychedelic Sciences in the 21st Century that was sponsored and organized by MAPS. It was an amazingly well-organized and highly informative conference that attracted participants from all over the world. A deeply inspiring and transformative experience for me.
MAPS is a refreshing island of curiosity in a sea of prejudice. The prejudice is obvious, surrounding us from the legions of "Just say No" to the pharmacological sloppiness that classes psychedelics with entirely different realms of compounds like the opioids. Objectively, that's just plain ignorant and would not be worth commenting on except that it confuses so many and leads to bad laws. MAPS is sponsoring the leading push toward new scientific information about useful drugs that are trapped behind this societal prejudice. For instance, they sponsored the first FDA-approved study of the effectiveness of MDMA ("Ecstasy") as an adjunct to psychotherapy for intractable cases of Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome. The results, not yet published, are spectacular! Follow-up studies are now planned or underway in Spain, Israel, and Switzerland. Several other psychedelic compounds are to be studied in similarly rigorous ways in US government approved protocols in the near future. None of this vital and fresh information would be possible without the outstanding effort of MAPS. Push back the darkness. The Dark Ages of these useful compounds are nearly over!
This may be the only organization that has effectively promoted and executed the research of psychedelic substances for therapeutic benefit in humans. As research in the field of neuroscience progresses, it is being realized that creating therapeutics for the exceedingly complex conditions plaguing the brain is exceptionally difficult. Thus, every available resource that provides either direct therapeutic benefit or opens a new path of discovery should be utilized to its full potential, and the efforts of MAPS is making this possible.