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Review for Multidisciplinary Association For Psychedelic Studies, Santa Cruz, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

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!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

20 years of good information from the MAPS Buletin, and attending with 600 others a conference MAPS organized in San Jose, California in April, 2010.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give it more support.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Bringing light out of darkness

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Kind, helpful, real fully human beings with a sense of humor

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Make the difference it already is, only faster and louder

Ways to make it better...

MAPS had more leverage

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Societal prejudice

One thing I'd also say is that...

Let's go!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?


Role:  Professional with expertise in this field & I have studied psychedelics from many directions.