Celebrating 25 Years of Psychedelic Research and Education

Summer 2011 Vol. 21, No. 2 Research Edition

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This year, join thousands of MAPS supporters worldwide to help raise $250,000 for the next phase of research into psychedelics and marijuana as treatments for pain, anxiety, and trauma.

With your help, the 25 years/$250,000 campaign could bring us one giant step closer to making MDMA-assisted therapy legally available for those who need it most. MAPS staff and researchers around the world are working tirelessly to launch yet another study of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for PTSD in hopes of duplicating the results of our 2010 pilot study, and pushing forward with getting clearance for our pilot study of marijuana for veterans with PTSD.

Whether it’s a $25 ticket for The Medicine Ball, a $250 donation to renew your membership, or a $25,000 sponsorship pledge, there are many opportunities to help us meet our $250,000 goal. Thank you for helping us get this far. Here’s to another 25 years of success!

Explore the possibilities at www.maps.org/events and www.maps.org/donate

25th Anniversary Cartographie Psychedelica Tour

Portland, September 20

How can you help lay the foundation for the future of psychedelic medicine in the United States and around the world? Join MAPS for this lecture series and networking event to celebrate our 25th Anniversary and raise funds for our next study of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for PTSD. Featuring talks from MAPS Founder Rick Doblin, Ph.D., distinguished MAPS supporters Tim Butcher and Ian Brown, and first MAPS employee Sylvia Thyssen, this event is a great chance to connect with other MAPS supporters in Oregon and the Pacific Northwest.

Seattle, September 21

Seattle is the next stop on our 25th Anniversary Tour, and we hope you’ll join us for this benefit auction and lecture series to support the next phase of research into MDMAassisted psychotherapy for PTSD. Show your bid card at the evening auction (featuring the work of Seattle artist George “Geo” Atherton) for a chance to take home unique artwork and psychedelic memorabilia while supporting MAPS. Relax in the VIP balcony section. Meet MAPS Executive Director Rick Doblin, Ph.D., as well as distinguished MAPS supporters and a local artist, and discover how many ways there are for you to get involved. Connect with other connoisseurs of psychedelic science over cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. This will be an exciting and educational evening of science, art, and community connections. We can’t wait to see you!

New York, October 15

We continue our 25th Anniversary tour with a benefit dinner for our friends, allies, and local supporters in the heart of New York City. The event coincides with the annual Horizons: Perspectives on Psychedelics conference (see next page) for a full weekend of entertainment, community, and psychedelic education. It will be an intimate evening of discussions and research updates with MAPS Founder Rick Doblin, Ph.D., Director of Field Development Brian Wallace, and Lead Clinical Research Associate Berra Yazar-Klosinski, Ph.D.

Out of Mind: Psychedelics to Treat PTSD & Addiction Victoria, September 13

Explore the therapeutic applications of psychedelics for PTSD and addiction at this benefit lecture series in Victoria, BC. Presented by MAPS Canada and hosted by Philippe Lucas, M.A. (Victoria City Councillor and Research Affiliate with the Centre for Addictions

Research of BC), Out of Mind will shed light on the past, present, and future of psychedelic research in Canada and around the world. Meet Rick Doblin, Ph.D. (MAPS executive director) and Gabor Maté, M.D. (physician and author of In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction) and learn how you can get involved. All proceeds from Out of Mind will support psychedelic research in Canada, including MAPS Canada’s ongoing study of ayahuasca-assisted therapy for addiction and dependence and MAPS’ upcoming Vancouver study of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for PTSD.

Vanguard Science: Psychedelics in the 21st Century Vancouver, September 18

Researchers in Canada and around the world are exploring the potential value of psychedelics as treatments for addiction, trauma, pain, and anxiety. Join MAPS Canada at the magnificent Arts Club Theatre in Vancouver for an evening auction and benefit gala for psychedelic research in Canada, co-sponsored by the Centre for Addictions Research of BC. Vanguard Science will feature a cocktail hour, presentations, and a live auction offering fine art, unique psychedelic collectibles, travel packages, and much more. The impressive program includes Rick Doblin, Ph.D. (MAPS founder and executive director), Philip Owen (former mayor of Vancouver), Kenneth Tupper, Ph.D. (psychedelic researcher), and will be hosted by journalist Kathryn Gretsinger. Several British Columbia artists will be in attendance, with Autumn Sky Morrison creating a live painting during the event which one lucky bidder will take home at the end of the evening. All proceeds from the event will support MAPS and MAPS Canada’s research on ayahuasca-assisted therapy for addiction and MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for PTSD. Tickets are still available.