Canadian Study Shows Psychedelic Drugs Like Ecstasy Reduce Suicide Risks , While Meth Increases Risk

Dawn Papple

A Canadian study claims that psychedelic drugs like ecstasy may decrease suicidal thoughts and reduce suicide risk. The specific study analyzed data pertaining to 800 female sex workers over the course of four years. Psychedelic drugs like ecstasy, according to the data from this new study, may be effective at easing symptoms of anxiety and depression.

The study was, according to Daily Mail, the brain child of Elano Argento from the BC Center for Excellence in HIV/AIDS. Reportedly, Elano wanted to see how various drugs affected suicidal thoughts. So, in order to control the study, Elano eliminated women from the study if they had already experienced suicidal thought or attempted suicide. The number of women that remained was only 290 women. These 290 women were the women tracked in the research. The female sex workers were tracked from 2010 to 2014. They answered questions about their drug use and mental health. They were specifically surveyed about suicidal thoughts and tendencies. During the next four years, 11 percent of the sex workers experienced suicidal thoughts at some point. The interesting thing is that for all the women, whether they reported contemplating suicide or not, the use of psychedelic drugs like methylenedioxymethamphetamine (also called MDMA and associated with the street drugs molly and ecstasy) reduced risks.

The Inquisitr reported earlier that Dr. Bronner's, the family-owned company that manufactures the popular natural brand of soaps, pledged $5 million to a nonprofit organization after the FDA approved the organization's request to begin Phase 3 drug trials of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy. This therapy would treat treatment-resistant PTSD. Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), the nonprofit organization, wishes to develop MDMA into an FDA-approved medicine.

"Its actions of enhancing positive social interactions and empathy are entirely unique, making it unlike any other known psychoactive substance."

The specific type of psychedelic drug used wasn't specified as part of the research. MDMA is often found in the street drugs called ecstasy or molly, but these may contain additional adulterants that could be dangerous. Street versions may also contain an unknown amount of MDMA. Still, given all of the information coming out of MDMA research, it's not shocking that ecstasy may also help reduce suicidal thoughts.

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