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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

170 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Donor

Rating: 5

I believe that MAPS is essential to our survival and evolution as a species. I've been a member for many years, and only wish I could give them more support.

5

Donor

Rating: 5

MAPS is a wonderful, pioneering organization that is opening up new doors for medical and scientific research, through fundraising and organizing concerned individuals and professionals. They are working to facilitate a greater understanding and a more constructive utilization of psychedelic substances within our society.

Review from Guidestar

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Donor

Rating: 5

MAPS first came into my life 6 or 7 years ago at Burning Man. They were involved in a camp named entheon village. Entheon village hosted a series of lectures with speakers from all over the world with different backgrounds. I had just read PIHKAL and was thrilled to know Dr. Alexander Shulgin was in attendance and giving a couple lectures. Dr. Shulgin and MAPS have taught me the value of a psychedelic experience and how to responsibly delve into the mind through psychedelic experience. MAPS is definitely holding the torch when it comes to researching and studying the myriad of positive uses and applications of psychedelic experience. Without organizations like MAPS so much potential could be lost by dogmatic and fearful thinking when it comes to furthering ourselves spiritually and mindfully. Thank You MAPS for demystifying entheogens and showing me how to responsibly and productively explore the mind.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Maps is leading the revolution of scientific study into the important area of medecines /tools for the mind. Both healing in the sick and growth /development in the healthy. They're spearheading an evolution of societies attidudes and perceptions with regard to mind altering substances. We live in a maturing society, one in which regulation rather than prohibition will continue to prove the more effective and beneficial policy. The work of maps is an inspiration and an example of what can be achieved with patience perseverance and a solid and righteous philosophy

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Donor

Rating: 5

In my experience, MAPS has proven to be the most progressive and the most active research based non-profit I have ever seen. Its 2010 conference was amazingly well organized and proved to be the most informative and inspiring gathering of scientific and humanitarian minds I have attended. In my opinion, this organization could very well be advancing the most important scientific and psychological inquiries of our era, and I am honored to be able to take part in it as much as I can. I will be a member of MAPS for years to come, always filled with anticipation of the next gem of truth spoken by affiliated doctors and researches and of the next stories from people whose lives have drastically changed for the better because of the work promoted by MAPS. Thankfully my anticipation has always been rewarded as MAPS also primarily values the actual information discovered by their research. Thus they strive to make their data accessible to the general public, creating the most effective form of research (unbiased and openly reported to the public) and the most respectable public face that I have ever seen for a research based organization while also promoting a well-informed general public. MAPS has touched my life in a way for which I will always be thankful.

Review from Guidestar

5

Donor

Rating: 5

Having been a donor and member of MAPS for a number of years, reading their bulletins and attending the latest MAPS conference, I can attest to the remarkable work that Rick and his hardworking team have accomplished. These amazing and powerful plants and drugs have been vilified by the media, being lumped together with dangerous and addictive substances to further the cause of the "War on Drugs". Now thanks to the MAPS team, there are a number of clinical trials in progress throughout the US and other countries researching the safety and efficacy of psychedelics, entheogens and cannabis. I currently support them financially and would like to donate my time in the future.

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Donor

Rating: 5

MAPS is the only effective support I have found when experimenting with MDMA in the course of beating my severe PTSD-symptoms. Antidepressants, tranquillizers and group therapy did not relieve these symptoms. Five years ago, thanks to MAPS I had the courage to take MDMA for a few months, then stop this 'medication' and find myself cured. No more depression from flashbacks, negative feelings and stress anymore!

Review from Guidestar

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been following MAPS activities and supporting them for approximately 6 years. They continue to do important work for our communities in many different ways.

Review from Guidestar

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Donor

Rating: 5

I was introduced to MAPS about five years ago and I have been a supporter of their work ever since. The are a group of committed individuals doing work on behalf of many marginalized and suffering people around the world. I give MAPS my strongest support.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I believe in MAPS and the vision and directive of the people behind this organization. To live to see the day when these life changing medicines are accepted and applied in the way that MAPS promotes will allow me to die a happy man!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I truly and unequivacally believe in both the work that MAPS does and the way they go about it. Rick Doblin, their founder, is an inspiration to me in my own life, in the way he has applied gentle yet unyielding pressure to the powers that stand in the way of truth and justice. Rick Doblin and MAPS are true representatives of the Peaceful Warrior. I also appreciate MAPS embrace of the entirety of the psychedelic community. It would be much easier to only embrace the less controversial research side only.

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Donor

Rating: 5

MAPS is doing the extremely important research that will possibly help shift humanity into a new consciousness and out of the mess we've created. All this while at the same time constantly fighting obsolete and uninformed government regulations.

Review from Guidestar

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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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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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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.

Review from Guidestar

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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.

Review from Guidestar

5

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.

Review from Guidestar

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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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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.