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MAPS sponsors clinical trials around the world that require human subjects. Our studies have strict enrollment criteria based on the goal of the study and the condition the study is investigating.

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Additional information about MAPS-sponsored clinical trials, as well as other ongoing clinical trials in the U.S. and around the world, is available at ClinicalTrials.gov.

MAPS-Sponsored Studies

We are actively recruiting subjects for the following studies:

contract MDMA–Assisted Psychotherapy for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in U.S. Veterans of War

Principal Investigator: Michael Mithoefer, M.D., with Ann Mithoefer, B.S.N.
Location: Charleston, South Carolina, USA

Have You Served in the U.S. Military, or with a Police or Fire Department, and Have Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)?

We are seeking men and women, at least 18 years old, diagnosed with PTSD from experiences that occurred while serving in the military, as a firefighter or police officer. You must be in good physical health, with blood pressure that is normal or kept normal by taking medication.

We're conducting a research study of an investigational drug used in combination with psychotherapy. The study takes place in Charleston, South Carolina. For participants from out of town, all travel expenses, food and lodging will be paid for.

For more information, please call (843) 849-6899.

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contract MDMA–Assisted Psychotherapy for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in Canada
Principal Investigators: Ingrid Pacey, MD, and Andrew Feldmár
Location: Vancouver, BC (Canada)

Do You Have Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)?

We are seeking men and women, at least 21 years old, residing in Canada, preferably in the Vancouver area, who have been diagnosed with PTSD. You must be in good physical health with blood pressure that is normal. We are seeking people who still have symptoms despite treatment with either psychotherapy or medication.

We're conducting a research study of an investigational drug used in combination with psychotherapy. The study takes place in Vancouver, Canada.

For more information, please call (604) 732-9309, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), or see http://maps.org/participate.

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contract MDMA–Assisted Psychotherapy for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in Israel

Ongoing Studies Not Sponsored by MAPS

contract Columbia University Marijuana Research
Healthy male and females (ages 21 to 35) who have used PARTY DRUGS (e.g. meth, molly, ecstasy, cocaine) and who are recreational smokers of MARIJUANA are needed for a study of the effects of drugs on mood, performance, and brain function. The study involves 6 outpatient visits over a month. Three visits will include functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI). Compensation for time: $225-375. Call (212) 543-6743 for information.

contract Experiences with Ibogaine
The Ibogaine Experiences Research Group is interested in learning about your experience with Ibogaine treatment. Researchers are conducting an online survey, which is completely anonymous, and invite anyone who has used ibogaine to participate. Researchers are based out of The School of Professional Psychology of Spalding University in Louisville, KY, USA. For more information, please click here. Thanks in advance for your assistance!

contract Global Online Study: Memory, Sleep, and MDMA Use

Researchers are inviting people over the age of 18 to participate in an anonymous online study about the influence that MDMA or Ecstasy use may have on a function called sleep consolidated learning. Put simply, this is the process whereby our memories are enhanced and strengthened during a period of sleep. Researchers are looking for:

  1. People who don't use illicit drugs
  2. Illicit drug users who have used MDMA or Ecstasy, and
  3. Illicit drug users who have NOT used MDMA or Ecstasy
Participation will involve completing a memory activity and an online questionnaire. A follow up memory task may be completed 24 hours after initial participation, or directly following initial completion of the questionnaire. The survey takes anywhere from 20 – 60 minutes, depending on your drug use circumstances. If you are interested in participating or would like more information, please read the explanatory statement found here.

contract Health Behavior and Drug Use
Male and female participants (aged 18-25 years) are needed to complete a voluntary and confidential online survey that should take no more than 30 minutes to complete. You are being asked to take part in a research project investigating health behavior, including topics such as drug and alcohol use and mental health. The purpose of the study is to get a better understanding of the influence of a variety of factors in determining patterns of cannabis use. By getting a better understanding of how these factors influence cannabis use and problems, researchers and public health workers will gain a better understanding about the ways health and drug services supporting cannabis users should be delivered and designed. Click here to participate.

contract Histories of Psychedelic Use in People over 65

A researcher not affiliated with MAPS is collecting histories of people older than 65 who have used psychedelic compounds. This is for a preliminary data collection which could lead to a study looking at whether some psychedelic use might be of benefit to older people. The researcher is looking for people over 65 who:

  • have not used marijuana, or have not done so for 10 years or more
  • are non-smokers (this applies to all substances)
  • have generally good life habits
  • have good levels of exercise
  • are productive and contributing within their social milieu
  • have reasonably good diets
  • have some use of psychedelics in their lives at any age
  • are willing to be interviewed
Names and contact information will be encrypted and replaced with anonymizing IDs for records. Drug use information will be used for research purposes and identifying information will not be given to law enforcement. This is an unfunded preliminary research effort. If interested, contact Brian Hanley, PhD, at brian (dot) paul (dot) hanley (at) gmail.com.

contract Individuals and Their Legal and Illegal Substance Use
A post-graduate student at the University of Leicester studying for an M.Sc. in Forensic Psychology and working under the supervision of Professor Vincent Egan from the University of Leicester's School of Psychology, is conducting a study requiring participants' responses to a survey. Participation will involve filling out a questionnaire that will ask questions about your opinions, and how you act or think in different situations. There will also be questions about what drugs you use or have used. This will include both legal and illegal substances. There are no right or wrong answers, just answer as honestly as possible. The questionnaire should take approximately 15 to 20 minutes to complete. Please note that there is an age requirement. Due to the sensitive nature of the subject area, you need to be 18 years of age or older to participate. Click here to participate.

contract International Drug Survey: University College London & The Beckley Foundation

Take part in the International Drug Survey

The University College London, in collaboration with the Beckley Foundation, are conducting an anonymous online survey of people's thoughts about substance use. The aim of this international study is to find out what people think are the harms and benefits associated with the use of recreational drugs, including alcohol and tobacco. This study is approved by the University College London Department of Psychology Ethics Committee.

To take part in this survey, go to http://www.internationaldrugsurvey.org/.

contract Johns Hopkins "Bad Trip" Survey After Psilocybin Mushrooms

The Psilocybin Research Team at Johns Hopkins needs your help.

We’re conducting an anonymous, web-based study to characterize difficult or challenging experiences that people sometimes have on psilocybin mushrooms (i.e. "bad trips," whether the person later regards them negatively or positively).

If you’ve ever had such an experience, we’d greatly appreciate it if you would take our survey. Importantly, if you know of others who’ve ever had a bad psilocybin experience, please send them the link and encourage them to participate. This includes people who had a difficult experience long ago.

As you may know, our team has conducted survey and laboratory studies characterizing positive experiences with psilocybin. You can see our body of work here: http://csp.org/psilocybin. This new survey is an important extension of our research with this fascinating substance.

Here it is. Please share. http://www.shroomsurvey.com

We deeply appreciate your help. Thank you.

contract Johns Hopkins Survey: Psychedelics and Smoking Cessation

Principal Investigator: Matthew W. Johnson, Ph.D.

Researchers from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine are currently recruiting individuals who have quit smoking cigarettes or reduced their smoking (even temporarily) after an experience with a psychedelic, for participation in an online survey. Our team has previously conducted innovative research on the effects of compounds including psilocybin, dextromethorphan, and salvinorin A.

The goal of this survey is to learn more about whether psychedelic drugs are associated with reduction or cessation of cigarette smoking. We want to characterize people's experiences in non­laboratory settings in which taking a psychedelic may have led to reducing or quitting smoking. For the purposes of this survey, we will be asking specifically about individuals who have quit smoking cigarettes or reduced their smoking (even temporarily) after experiences with psilocybin (magic) mushrooms, LSD, morning glory seeds, mescaline, peyote cactus, San Pedro cactus, DMT, or ayahuasca. This research study has been approved by the Institutional Review Board of Johns Hopkins Medicine.

The survey is completely anonymous (IP addresses will not be recorded) and will require 40-45 minutes to complete. If you are interested in participating, please click the following link here.

Your participation is voluntary and will not be financially compensated.

Participants must be 18+ years of age, speak/write English fluently, and have experienced a reduction or cessation of cigarette smoking after an experience with one of the psychedelic substances listed above. For more information, please contact the researchers via the site's private messaging system.

contract Lower Risk Cannabis Use Guidelines

We at CAMH want to evaluate the ‘Lower Risk Cannabis Use Guidelines’. These guidelines inform users on how to reduce potential risk that is related to the use of cannabis. Our present study will evaluate these guidelines to gain a better understanding how the guidelines work. For this reason, we are searching for cannabis users who will fill out a one-hour online questionnaire.

You are eligible to take part in the study if you:
- Are at least 18 years of age
- Are a resident of Ontario, Canada
- Used cannabis at least 5 times in the last 12 months.

Participate in the study's questionnaire here.

contract People on the Autism Spectrum Currently Using or Interested in Using Cannabis as a Medication
The Unconventional Foundation for Autism is conducting a survey study (not sponsored by MAPS) intended to gather information about new treatments and pave the way for future clinical trials. Information collected in the survey will be used to guide families, new patients, doctors and lawmakers in making informed decisions for themselves and our community. Participate or learn more about the survey here, or contact Nicole at the Unconventional Foundation for Autism at (714) 293-1588.

contract Psychedelic Drugs and Mystical Experiences
Do you take drugs to heighten your spirituality? Some drugs, such as psychedelics, help people help reach atonement and enlightenment. I am conducting research on the relationship between various drugs, from alcohol to cocaine to LSD, and spirituality. Recent research (e.g. Griffiths' 2006 psilocybin study) has indicated that there is a significant relationship between psychedelic drugs and mystical experiences in highly controlled settings. However, is there a relationship between other drugs that are not psychedelic, and is the same relationship true for those who have previously done drugs in natural settings? If you smoke cannabis or just have a couple drinks of alcohol intermittently or even if you don't use any drugs at all, your participation in this new research would be greatly appreciated. Click here to participate in the survey, and follow the instructions. Please feel free to share the link with friends.

contract Quitting Smoking with Psilocybin and Spiritual Support

No money compensation provided.

Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine is seeking smokers who want to quit smoking to participate in a scientific research study of spiritual/mystical experience brought about by psilocybin, a psychoactive entheogen (roughly meaning God-evoking substance) found in mushrooms used as a sacrament in some cultures, given in a comfortable, supportive setting.  Some research studies have suggested that entheogens, when administered under interpersonally supportive and well-prepared conditions, are effective in helping people overcome addictions.  Cognitive behavior therapy and ongoing interpersonal support will be integrated with psilocybin sessions in order to help participants quit smoking.  Questionnaires, interviews, and biological measures of smoking will be used to assess the treatment’s effects on consciousness, mood, and smoking.  Volunteers enrolled in the research study will receive careful preparation and 3 sessions in which they will receive psilocybin.  Structured guidance will be provided during the sessions and afterwards to facilitate integration of the experiences.

Volunteers must be between the ages of 21 and 65, have no personal history of severe psychiatric illness, or recent history of alcoholism or drug dependence other than cigarettes, have someone willing to pick them up and drive them home at the end of the 3 psilocybin sessions (around 5:00 PM), and must live within travel distance of the Hopkins Bayview campus in Baltimore.

If you would like to discuss the possibility of volunteering, please call 410–550–5990 and ask for Mary, the study’s research coordinator. Confidentiality will be maintained for all applicants and participants.

Principal Investigator: Matthew W. Johnson, Ph.D., Protocol: NA_00016166

contract Research Study on Ecstasy (MDMA) Experiences of Adults on the Autism/Asperger’s Spectrum
A Clinical Psychology student at the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology isconducting dissertation research to document the experiences of autistic or Aspergian adults who have tried the drug Ecstasy (MDMA).

You are invited to participate in a confidential online survey if you are on the autism spectrum, whether or not you have ever tried Ecstasy.For more information about the study requirements, enrollment, and researcher contact information, please visit the study website: http://www.danforthresearch.com.

The estimated time to complete the five surveys is between 45 minutes – 1 hour. Some participants may be invited to participate in an optional anonymous interview. You also have the option to enroll as a non-participant if you are curious to see the study materials. All participants who complete the surveys will receive a summary report of the key research findings next year.

contract Researchers Interested in People Using Medical Marijuana

We are inviting people with fibromyalgia, IBS, interstitial cystitis, chronic pain, and other chronic and recurring conditions to sign up and participate in a year-long Internet-based survey, called PROCAIM. PROCAIM was developed under a grant from the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine to UCLA researchers to study

  • the effectiveness of complementary and alternative therapies and
  • the interactions among stress and coping, pain, and treatment outcomes

This is a web-based study composed of surveys that will recur at intervals over one year!

Log in to our web site: http://www.procaim.org. Register as a New User. Select clinic name: MAPS - Psychedelic Studies Read and sign the Consent Form. After you sign the form with your email address, you can begin to answer the first in a series of questionnaires. The system will send you email reminders at the time of each scheduled follow-up for one year.

For further information about PROCAIM, please contact: Deborah Ackerman, Ph.D.

contract Salvia Divinorum Research at UNM

Research participants for Salvia divinorum study.

UNM research study looking for individuals, 18+ yrs who have used Salvia divinorum to help us better understand Salvia use in humans. Participants will be given several cognitive and psychological tests. No invasive procedures. You will be compensated for your time. For more information please call: 505-272-0443

contract Share your Thoughts on Ecstasy–Misuse Campaigns

Have you seen posters, ads in the newspaper, or on TV directed at people who use ecstasy? What do you think of them? People who are using ecstasy or who have used it in the past can complete a survey on their attitudes on ecstasy–misuse campaigns. The survey can be found on the internet, at http://www.xtc-survey.net, and there are two versions, one in English and one in German. The survey takes 10 to 12 minutes, and all responses are completely anonymous.

contract Substance Use and Life Values

Researchers from Liverpool John Moores University (UK) are investigating how people who use alcohol, tobacco, legal and illegal drugs feel in their day to day life, and what principles guide their day to day decisions.

If you are aged 18 or over you are invited to complete a confidential online survey which will ask you about your everyday thoughts and feelings, and how you might react in certain circumstances. We think you will find the questions interesting and it will take around 30-40 minutes to complete, depending upon how much you fill in.

Although the survey includes questions on substance use (including alcohol and tobacco, illegal and legal drugs) you do not have to be a substance user to take part.

The research takes a neutral view on substance use, and is not intended to condone or criticise use or users.

This project is being led by Professor Harry Sumnall at the Centre for Public Health, Liverpool John Moores University, UK.

If you would like to take part then please visit http://www.survey.ljmu.ac.uk/sulv/, which includes more information and contact details for the study team.

contract Survey Research about North American Ayahuasca Use

This research is intended to shine some light on how Ayahuasca is being used in North America. There have been numerous studies on Ayahuasca use in Latin America but, as yet, little is known about its use in North America. 

This study focuses on how the Ayahuasca experience influences your life and how you use it in your life. The questionnaire doesn’t ask about your visions when you drink Ayahuasca. Instead, it focuses on your intentions before and your experience after.

I am being guided in this research by my own personal experience of Ayahuasca. I’m a psychologist who has worked in research and has had a private psychotherapy practice for over thirty-five years. My intention is to publish the research results. This research is being conducted via personal networks of kindred spirits.

Simply place your completed questionnaires in the stamped envelope addressed to me and mail it. Your participation is completely confidential. There is no way to identify you.

To participate in this study please download this PDF and mail it to:

Rachel Harris
4 Skyfield Drive
Princeton, NJ 08540
.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Thank you for your participation.

contract Survey Research: What do LSD induced visual trails look like?

What do LSD induced visual trails look like?

Many LSD users report seeing trails (e.g., when they wave a hand in front of their eyes, they perceive multiple hands), as a side effect of the drug, which can occur during the trip but also long after the effects of the drug have worn off. We are trying to understand how this phenomenon arises. If you have experienced trailing under LSD in the past (we do NOT encourage you to try it now for the purpose of this survey), you can help us: follow this link to watch a short movie and fill out a survey. The whole thing should take you about 5 to 7 minutes, including watching the movies. No personal identifying data will be collected. Thank you!

This research is lead by Julien Dubois, Ph.D. candidate, supervised by Dr. Rufin VanRullen at the Centre de Recherche Cerveau et Cognition, unit UMR5549 of the CNRS, in Toulouse, France. This study was exempted from an IRB by the French board of ethics. The researchers are looking for a large enough number of responses so they can have an idea of what LSD induced trails look like and if they are a pretty consistent percept across subjects.

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