I have been a member for a number of years. I always look forward to receiving the MAPS Bulletin, which is filled with fascinating articles. This is science in the true sense of the word, that is, one that is entirely compatible with a religious point of view and a humanistic psychology. There is no other organization like this one. I'm proud to be a member.
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I did my PhD dissertation research on the psychospiritual effects of ayahuasca retreats. I had very interesting and positve results. I was pleased to be able to present my research at the recent MAPS conference to a large audience of professionals and lay persons. When used appropriately psychedelic medicines can have very positive therapeutic effects. MAPS is one of the few venues that is seriously looking at this.
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Without the ongoing progress of MAPS in the field of psychedelic studies and their commitment to providing unbiased education, the growing movement of medical use of entheogens would not be happening. Keep up the good work!
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.
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.
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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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.
MAPS is unique. Its pioneering resources & research program provide a depth of quality information and debate that is unequalled anywhere else in the world.  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.  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.
I know MAPS and the President Rick Doblin since 1990 and IÂ´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.
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!
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'.
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!
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.
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...
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.
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.
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!
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.
Review from Guidestar
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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MAPS is probably one of the most effective organizations working today to improve the quality of care and recovery for people with emotional, relational and living challenges. Its dedicated activism is promoting research and clinical trial therapies in areas of trauma, PTSD and terminal illness anxiety/fear. Its on-going financial support from the public is a testament to the organization's vision and mission and the public's knowledge and experience that some of the substances that have been previously pro-scribed are extremely effective in therapy, healing, personal growth, and spiritual experience and evolvement. As someone who has experienced the therapies with substances that are now undergoing FDA sanctioned trials, I can say without reservation that they helped change my life in positive ways, had profound healing effects, improved my sense of spirituality, and helped me become a more effective therapist and a better person. The structured and supervised use of psychedelics has been one of the great change agents in my life and a true blessing. I have supported MAPS for more than twenty years.