Ecstasy may become an FDA-approved medical treatment in five years
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As long as it’s used for medical purposes and obtained lawfully, marijuana can be legally purchased in the United States. The same might soon happen with MDMA (a.k.a., ecstasy), the party drug that’s showing great promise in treating PTSD and other anxiety-related disorders.
The Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) expects the FDA to approve MDMA as soon as 2021 if the clinical trials perform according to plan. The medical version is the pure form of the illegal party drug, and it’s less dangerous than what’s illegally sold on the street, Business Insider reports.
MAPS performed a study on 20 PTSD patients and found that 83% of the study participants no longer showed signs two months after the treatment. Follow ups conducted an average of four years later showed that the benefits stuck. All 20 patients had psychotherapy as well, but just 12 of them were given ecstasy. The others were on placebo and 25% of them showed improvement.