Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies

Working to develop psychedelics and marijuana into legal prescription drugs


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About the project Edit

The Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) is a membership-based, IRS-approved non-profit research and educational organization working to develop psychedelics and marijuana into legal prescription drugs. MAPS was founded in 1986 by Rick Doblin. MAPS helps scientists design, fund, and obtain regulatory approval for studies of the safety and effectiveness of a number of currently illegal substances.MAPS works closely with government regulatory authorities worldwide such as the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the European Medicines Agency (EMEA) to ensure that all of its sponsored research protocols conform to ethical and procedural guidelines for clinical drug research. Included in MAPS’ research efforts are MDMA (Ecstasy) for the treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), LSD and psilocybin for the treatment of anxiety and depression associated with end-of-life issues, ibogaine for the treatment of opiate addiction, and alternative delivery systems for medical marijuana such as vaporizers and water pipes.


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MAPS is seeking to find ways to balance the hopes and fears of government regulators, scientific researchers, drug policy advocates, patients, and people with a non–medical (e.g. spiritual, recreational, artistic, creative problem–solving) interest in psychedelic drugs and marijuana.

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MAPS’ ultimate goal is to establish a network of clinics where these and other treatments can be provided together with other therapies under the guidance of licensed physicians and therapists.

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