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MAPS Bulletin Summer 2014: Research Edition
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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 Israel

Ongoing Studies Not Sponsored by MAPS

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 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 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 Phenomenology of Altered States of Consciousness
Researchers from the University of Salzburg, Austria are conducting a survey study about the phenomenology of altered states of consciousness under the influence of different psychedelic substances. If you are interested in participating in the study, click here to take the survey.

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 Survey Research: Ayahuasca Consumption in Europe - Overview and Perspectives

The aim of this study is to gather the profiles of European people who consume or have consumed Ayahuasca: who they are, why they drink this beverage, and what benefits they could expect (or what disagreement they could have felt).

People who have already consumed Ayahuasca and are living in Europe (European Union or EFTA states) are eligible for inclusion in this survey study.

This survey should take around 15-20 minutes of your time. This survey is totally anonymous. No one, including the researcher, will be able to identify you from your responses.

Learn more about the survey here.

contract Survey: Subjective Effects of Salvia Divinorum - Harvard University Research Study
If you have taken salvia divinorum, you are kindly invited participate in a research study on your use and experience of salvia divinorum! The study consists of completing online questionnaires related to your salvia experience, some personality characteristics, and basic demographics. Participation should take approximately 45 min to complete, depending on how much information you provide. Your information is completely anonymous.

Click here to participate in this study.

Give Our Veterans Hope
1 in 7 Iraq and Afghanistan veterans suffer from PTSD, in many cases leading to suicide. We owe it to our veterans to stop this epidemic.

Tell the Pentagon to fund MAPS' groundbreaking work to treat PTSD.

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