Who we are
Researchers of Psychedelics, Leaders of Change.
Founded in 1986, the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization specializing in research and education. Our work develops medical, legal, and cultural shifts so people can benefit from the careful use of psychedelics and marijuana for mental health, well-being, and connection.
In other words, we’ve dedicated the last 36 years to changing the way people think of, talk about, and consume psychedelics through research, education, and advocacy.
Take a Trip
Down Memory Lane.
After decades of fundamental research, there was a cultural struggle over psychedelics in the United States. Just as psychiatrists, psychologists, and other researchers were making incredible headway on their studies of compounds like LSD and psilocybin (among others), the U.S. government criminalized these substances, blocking research across the globe.
Enter our founder, Rick Doblin, Ph.D.. Knowing the DEA would move onto criminalizing MDMA, Rick (along with Alise Agar and Debby Harlow) started a nonprofit in 1984, the Earth Metabolic Design Lab. They filed a lawsuit to prevent the DEA’s effort to classify MDMA as a Schedule I substance. Unfortunately, the DEA rejected the recommendation of the judge to keep the therapeutic use of MDMA legal. But hope was not lost.
By creating MAPS in 1986, Rick was able to continue researching the healing potential of MDMA and other psychedelics. Over the course of the past 35 years, MAPS has raised over $130 million for psychedelic research and education.
MAPS is Born
in the Wind
Let the Trials Begin
Psychedelic Science 2017 is Born
Dedication to Diversity
At MAPS, we’re committed to creating an inclusive workplace, and fully recognize that diversity is not just a goal, but an ongoing mission. We provide equal employment opportunities to support a work environment free from discrimination on the basis of race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, sexual orientation, military and veteran status, arrest or conviction record, and any other basis prohibited by law.
Our job is incomplete until we’re able to provide access and education to everyone. The MAPS Policy & Advocacy Department works with a wide range of communities to make psychedelic research, education, and care more accessible. Thanks to our work with various advocacy groups, we continue to work towards decriminalisation and regulation of all drugs. Only when we start with social, radical, and environmental justices can we offer true healing to everyone who needs it.
Behind The Movement
Over the past three decades, we’ve assembled a team of passionate professionals who have helped facilitate groundbreaking studies, policy change, and radical healing.