MAPS Newsletter

Stay connected!

Subscribe to emails for research news, event announcements, volunteer opportunities, study recruitment and harm reduction updates, videos, and more from the fast-growing fields of psychedelic and medical marijuana science, therapy, and spirituality.

Your email address:

Newsletter cover image

 

Completed: Second-Largest Trial of MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy for PTSD

Tickets for Psychedelic Science 2017 are selling fast

March 11, 2017



Dear friends and supporters,

Our Phase 2 trials of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are continuing to wrap up, clearing the way for Phase 3 trials. On February 24, our second-largest trial of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for PTSD was officially completed in Boulder, Colorado. We’re now preparing the protocol for our Phase 3 clinical trials—starting later this year—which will be the final stage of research needed to make MDMA a legal medicine.

Tickets for Psychedelic Science 2017 are selling quickly! With over 1,700 attendees and more than 175 presenters, this will be the largest-ever gathering of researchers exploring the scientific, medical, spiritual, and creative uses of psychedelics. Tickets for the 3-Day Conference (April 21-23) are extremely limited—register now to reserve your space.

In the March 2017 edition of the MAPS Email Newsletter, you'll also learn:

Stay connected by following MAPS on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, reddit, Tumblr, Pinterest, Google+, LinkedIn, and Instagram.

2017 is a pivotal year for psychedelic and marijuana research and education, and we’re excited and grateful for your support for this journey.


Always upwards,

Brad Burge signature

Brad Burge
MAPS Director of Communications and Marketing

P.S. Watch and share this video to learn what’s in store at Psychedelic Science 2017!

Contents


Treating PTSD with MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy

Boulder: Study Officially Completed

Therapist Training Study: 24th Participant Enrolled in Colorado

Conjoint Therapy for PTSD: Third Pair of Participants Receive Treatment

MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy for Anxiety Associated with Life-Threatening Illness

Marin: 18th and Final Participant Enrolled; 17th Participant Treated

Medical Marijuana

Second and Third Participants Self-Administered Treatment in Trial of Marijuana for Chronic PTSD in Veterans

Ayahuasca Research

Survey: Ayahuasca for PTSD

Psychedelic Harm Reduction

Zendo Project Assists Over 100 Guests at Envision Festival in Costa Rica

MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy for Social Anxiety in Autistic Adults

February Giving Report: Looking Forward

MAPS Store

Psychedelic Science 2017 Shirt (Pre-Sale)

Events

Psychedelic Science 2017: April 19-24, 2017, Oakland, CA

Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP) Annual Conference: March 24-26, 2017, Portland, OR

International Drug Policy Reform Conference: October 11-14, 2017, Atlanta, GA

Global Psychedelic Dinners

top image

Register now for Psychedelic Science 2017.

Treating PTSD with MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy


Boulder: Study Officially Completed

On February 24, 2017, investigators gathered for the formal closeout of our Phase 2 study of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy in 23 subjects with chronic PTSD in Boulder, Colorado, led by Principal Investigator Marcela Ot'alora, M.A., L.P.C. The closeout was conducted by Senior Clinical Research Associate Charlotte Harrison, and included a thorough review of the study's documentation, database, files, and adherence to regulations. All treatment sessions and long-term follow-up interviews for this study have now been completed. The final results are being prepared for publication, which is expected in 2017. Learn more...

Therapist Training Study: 24th Participant Enrolled in Colorado

On February 15, 2017, the 24th participant was enrolled in our ongoing Phase 1 study of the psychological effects of MDMA when used in a therapeutic setting by healthy volunteers. The new participant was enrolled at the Boulder, Colorado, study site led by Principal Investigator Marcela Ot'alora, M.A., L.P.C. Michael Mithoefer, M.D., and Ann Mithoefer, B.S.N., are serving as Principal Investigators at the site in Charleston, South Carolina. Enrollment in this study is limited by invitation only to therapists in training to work on MAPS-sponsored clinical trials of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for PTSD. This study has currently enrolled 24 out of 100 participants across the study sites in Colorado and South Carolina. Learn more...

$429,000 estimated study cost $160,000 raised $269,000 still needed

Donate Now

help fund more research

Conjoint Therapy for PTSD: Third Pair of Participants Receive Treatment

On March 10, 2017, the third pair of participants received their second experimental treatment in our new study of MDMA combined with Cognitive Behavioral Conjoint Therapy (CBCT) for PTSD in Charleston, South Carolina. The study will enroll 10 dyads, with one participant diagnosed with PTSD and one concerned significant other who does not have PTSD but does experience psychosocial distress. The primary goal of this study is to develop a combined method of MDMA with CBCT for PTSD. MDMA will be administered to both participants to help facilitate communication and connection between participants and therapists. Learn more...

$235,000 estimated study cost $165,000 raised $70,000 still needed

Donate Now

help fund more research

MAPS Bulletin Winter 2016: Vol. 26 No. 3 Annual Report
Art by Michael Divine

MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy for Anxiety Associated with Life-Threatening Illness


Marin: 18th and Final Participant Enrolled; 17th Participant Treated

On February 26, 2017, the 18th and final participant enrolled in our ongoing study of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for anxiety associated with life-threatening illness On February 13, 2017, the 17th of 18 participants was treated. Led by Principal Investigator Phil Wolfson, M.D., with Co-Therapist Julane Andries, L.M.F.T., this study is gathering preliminary data about the safety and efficacy of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for anxiety associated with diagnosis of a life-threatening illness in 18 participants. Learn more...

$627,000estimated study cost $248,000raised $379,000still needed

Donate Now

help fund more research

Medical Marijuana


Second and Third Participants Self-Administered Treatment in Trial of Marijuana for Chronic PTSD in Veterans

On February 9 and February 22, 2017, the second and third participants in the first-ever clinical trial of smoked marijuana (cannabis) for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in U.S. veterans self-administered treatment at the Scottsdale Research Institute (SRI) in Phoenix, Ariz. The second participant was enrolled on February 7, and the third participant was enrolled on February 17. This clinical trial will evaluate the safety and efficacy of four different potencies of marijuana to manage symptoms of PTSD in 76 U.S. veterans. Researchers have screened 131 candidates to date for participation this study. Learn more...

Ayahuasca Research


Survey: Ayahuasca for PTSD

As of February 27, 2017, we have received 310 completed responses for our new anonymous questionnaire about the potential risks and benefits associated with using ayahuasca as a therapy for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The data collection is being sponsored by MAPS, with Jessica Nielson, Ph.D., as the Principal Investigator for this study. Take the survey...

Learn more about current and upcoming research at maps.org.

top image

Zendo Project volunteers at Envision Festival in Costa Rica.

Psychedelic Harm Reduction


Zendo Project Assists Over 100 Guests at Envision Festival in Costa Rica

zendo-sticker

At this year's Envision Festival in Uvita, Costa Rica, 45 Zendo Project volunteers provided psychedelic harm reduction services for 101 guests having difficult experiences, as well as outreach and education for many more. A public training was hosted by Zendo Project staff and supervisors, which featured two hours of education about psychedelic harm reduction. Throughout the five-day event, volunteers worked closely with RGX Medical and security staff to reduce the number of psychiatric related hospitalizations and arrests. “The Zendo Project team recently returned from Envision Festival, where we were able to provide harm reduction services for the fifth year in a row. We express much appreciation to Envision Festival for continuing to lead the way providing harm reduction services within the festival community,” explains MAPS Director of Harm Reduction Sara Gael, M.A. Apply to volunteer...

Learn about psychedelic harm reduction by signing up for the Zendo Project Email Newsletter, and following the Zendo Project on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram

Support MAPS


February Giving Report: Looking Forward

In February 2017, MAPS received $93,000 in new donations and pledges from 250 supporters. The new year marked our final negotiations with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as we move onto our final Phase 3 trials of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for PTSD. We are still on track to make MDMA a medicine by 2021, and in the coming years our funding needs will grow substantially. Our Phase 3 trials will cost at least $25 million. With $10 million in hand, there’s still a funding gap we need to close.

We extend a special thanks to those who generously supported MAPS this past month:

General Support

  • John Gilmore ($30,000)
  • Mai Family Foundation ($25,000)
  • AmazonSmile Foundation ($1,564)
  • Benjamin Marinoff ($1,000)

GMP MDMA for MDMA/PTSD Phase 3

  • Anonymous ($10,000)
  • Bonnie Brunet and Martin Rist ($1,000)
  • Greg Logan ($1,000)

MDMA/PTSD Phase 3 Studies

  • Peter Glynn ($5,000)
  • Steven Weinstein and Marcia Meislin ($1,000)

Zendo Project

  • David Bronner ($5,850)


MAPS relies on the generosity of individual donors to achieve our mission. Psychedelic science is again being conducted under federal guidelines, but no funding for psychedelic psychotherapy research is yet available from governments or major foundations.

Help us reach our goal to make MDMA a medicine by 2021 by establishing a monthly gift of $10 or more. maps.org/donate

Learn how to include MAPS in your will or estate plans.
Learn more about hosting a Global Psychedelic Dinner to fundraise for MAPS.

MAPS Store


Psychedelic Science 2017 Shirt (Pre-Sale)

ps17 shirt

Show your support for Psychedelic Science with this soft, V-neck shirt! They are lightweight and durable with a casual, yet professional look. Made from 65% polyester and 35% combed ring-spun cotton, in the USA by Next Level Apparel, and screen printed locally in Santa Cruz, by The Print Gallery. 

$30.00 | Pre-order today

Events




Browse our Event Calendar for more upcoming events.

Psychedelic Science 2017: April 19-24, 2017, Oakland, CA

ps17

TICKETS ARE SELLING FAST—DON’T DELAY

Join us from April 19-24, 2017, in Oakland, California, for Psychedelic Science 2017, a six-day international gathering featuring three days of Conference programming, three full days of Workshops, a Sunset Cruise on the San Francisco Bay, the world's first Psychedelic Comedy Banquet, a free and expansive Marketplace of goods and ideas, participant-led Community Forums, and much more. Scientists, doctors, therapists, students, educators, policymakers, artists, and others from around the world will share recently completed and ongoing research into the risks and benefits of psychedelics and medical marijuana for science, medicine, spirituality, creativity, and more. Psychedelic Science 2017 is the third international Psychedelic Science conference, building on the success of Psychedelic Science in the 21st Century (2010) and Psychedelic Science 2013. Past Psychedelic Science conferences sold out early, so reserve your tickets soon. Register now...

Psychedelic Science 2017 is presented by MAPS and The Beckley Foundation

Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP) Annual Conference: March 24-26, 2017, Portland, OR

ssdp

Hosted by Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP), SSDP2017 will bring more than 400 student members, alumni, and supporters to Portland, Oregon, from March 24-26, 2017, for their annual gathering. The conference will feature educational programming, an awards ceremony, a student congress, networking opportunities, and more. Register...

International Drug Policy Reform Conference: October 11-14, 2017, Atlanta, GA

The International Drug Policy Reform Conference is a biennial conference hosted by the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA), a leading drug policy reform organization. Taking place in Atlanta, Georgia, this event unites researchers, politicians, activists, and others for educational discussions about the global effects of the war on drugs. MAPS is a proud to be an official Co-Host of this event. Learn more...

Global Psychedelic Dinners

By hosting your own Global Psychedelic Dinner, you'll join people around the world in gathering your community, having an open conversation about psychedelics, and raising funds to support MAPS. Host a dinner...