MDMA For PTSD And Anxiety: Molly, Ecstasy May Be Legal As Medical Drug In Five Years

Zachary Volkert - Author
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Apr. 10 2016, Updated 8:03 a.m. ET

While molly and ecstasy are taken recreationally by millions of young people around the globe every year, its active substance, MDMA, may soon be legal as a medical drug for PTSD and anxiety-related conditions.

The push for MDMA to enter the legal market is coming as a result of growing evidence that it is an effective treatment for a variety of issues, reported Inverse. One of the areas where it has been shown to be the most effective is the treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), a condition which doctors have found extremely difficult to treat. Many patients do not respond well to the available therapies.

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MDMA, on the other hand, is proving to be an extremely beneficial drug for test subjects in early trials carried out by the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) — a leader of the modern-day psychedelic research movement.

MAPS is currently wrapping up the end of their Phase II study after extremely successful results in the first round of testing. A massive 83 percent of PTSD sufferers were able to completely overcome their symptoms within two months of beginning administration of the drug. Moreover, four years later, the participants were still free of symptoms.

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