Survey: Ayahuasca for PTSD

A new anonymous questionnaire is gathering preliminary data about the potential risks and benefits associated with taking ayahuasca as a therapy for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The data collection is being sponsored by the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS). Jessica Nielson, Ph.D., is the Principal Investigator for this study.

Purpose of the survey

We are developing a protocol to test if Ayahuasca therapy and integration is safe and effective for PTSD. Our goal is to gather existing data from anyone who has been diagnosed with PTSD (current or previously) AND has also tried Ayahuasca after their diagnosis. We welcome participation from people who do not have a confirmed diagnosis of PTSD, but have tried Ayahuasca and want to share their experience.

Eligibility Criteria

You are invited to participate in this survey if you fulfill the following criteria:1) You are at least 18 years old; 2) You read, write, and speak English fluently; 3) You have taken Ayahuasca in any type of setting; 4) You have a past or current diagnosis of PTSD (optional)

What kind of information will I be providing?

At the beginning of the survey, you will be asked questions about your background (e.g. age, gender, ethnicity, spiritual and/or religious beliefs), followed by questions about whether you have ever been diagnosed with PTSD, details about your Ayahuasca experience(s) and any changes you may have noticed in your PTSD symptoms, substance use, depression and sleep quality. Some of the survey questions may make you feel uncomfortable or raise unpleasant memories. You are free to skip any question that are optional, and all required questions have the option of “prefer not to answer”

Participation and Privacy

Your participation in this study is voluntary and anonymous. We do not collect identifying information such as your name, email address, or IP address. If you complete the optional open­-ended sections of questions, and if you provide specific identifying information, we will edit your responses to protect your confidentiality. If you stop early, none of your responses will be used. Your completion of this survey will serve as your consent to be in this research study. Please refer to the consent form found here for additional information. Even after you begin the survey, you may stop answering the questions at any time. You will also be given an option at the end of the survey to have your results excluded from analysis if you decide once you are finished that you do not want us to use your data.

The survey should take about 40-60 minutes to complete, based on how much you choose to reply to open-ended questions). You will be required to complete the survey in one sitting. You can begin the survey by clicking ‘Next’ at the bottom of this page. Please complete the survey only once, and answer each question honestly and seriously. If you are not ready to complete the survey now, please return to this page at a time that is convenient for you. You can exit the survey at any time by clicking the “Exit” link in the upper right corner of your screen.

We greatly appreciate your participation and feedback.

Participate in the survey here.