We are the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), a non-profit organization studying the risks and benefits of psychedelics and marijuana. Ask us anything!
We are the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), and we are back for our third AMA! MAPS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit research and educational organization founded in 1986 that develops medical, legal, and cultural contexts for people to benefit from the careful uses of psychedelics and marijuana.
Our highest priority project is funding clinical trials of 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA) as a tool to assist psychotherapy for the treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Preliminary studies have shown that MDMA in conjunction with psychotherapy can help people overcome PTSD, and possibly other disorders such as anxiety associated with life-threatening illness and social anxiety in autistic adults. We also study the therapeutic potential of LSD, ayahuasca, ibogaine, and medical marijuana.
In addition to clinical research, we also sponsor the Zendo Project, a non-profit psychedelic harm reduction service that provides a supportive space and compassionate care for people undergoing difficult psychedelic experiences at festivals, concerts, and community events.
People often ask us how to get involved and support our work, so we have launched the Global Psychedelic Dinners as a way to gather your community, start a conversation, and raise funds to make psychedelic therapy a legal treatment. We also hope some of you will join us for our 30th Anniversary Banquet and Celebration in Oakland, Calif. on April 17, 2016.
Now is a great time to become involved in supporting our work—Donations to MAPS are currently being doubled $1-for-$1! All donations will support our $400,000 purchase of one kilogram of MDMA manufactured under current Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) to be used in upcoming Phase 3 clinical trials of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for PTSD.
We extend our deepest gratitude to the reddit community for selecting MAPS to be among the 10 non-profit organizations receiving a donation of $82,765.95 from reddit in February 2015 during the reddit donate initiative.
For more information about scientific research into the medical potential of psychedelics and marijuana, visit maps.org.
Ask us anything!