Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS)

Holger Wagner (
Sat, 01 Nov 1997 23:37:34 +0100

Since certain drugs might help us improve ourselves (or others, curing
mental illnesses for example), I believe this is a good place to tell
you about them (I just told them about Extropy and received some
positive feedback), I've been on that list for about a month and would
say it's quite "scientific" (but "amateur" posts are also welcome)...


The MAPS forum is the electronic discussion group of the
Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS). MAPS is a 501 (c) (3)
corporation chartered in 1986 as a membership-based research and
educational organization. Currently numbering 1400 members, MAPS focuses
on the development of beneficial, socially-sanctioned uses of
drugs and marijuana. MAPS pursues its mission by helping scientific
researchers design, obtain governmental approval for, fund, conduct and
report on psychedelic research in human volunteers.

The MAPS forum supports this mission by allowing members to interact
each other and with international experts in the psychedelic field.
may include current news, book reviews, factual questions about
psychedelics or marijuana, psychedelics and marijuana in the media,
for research and fundraising, and articles in the MAPS quarterly
bulletin/newsletter. Students who have written class papers on
topics are encouraged to share their work here. M.D. and Ph.D.
researchers funded by MAPS are also asked to participate. The forum also
serves as a rapid response network when there are opportunities to
influence drug policy decisions that are critical to MAPS' mission.
Questions about anything MAPS is doing, or suggestions for anything MAPS
should be doing, are encouraged.

To maintain the high standards that members expect from MAPS, this is a
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Albert Einstein wrote that "Imagination is more important than
If you can even faintly imagine a cultural reintegration of the use of
psychedelics and the states of mind they engender, please consider
MAPS in supporting the expansion of scientific knowledge in this area.
Progress is possible with the support of individuals who care enough to
take individual and collective action.

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