COLORADO STUDY REVEALS POSSIBLE BENEFITS OF MDMA FOR PTSD VICTIMS
- October 30, 2018
In modern times, several new pathways have opened up for behavioral therapy and rehabilitation. In fact, recent studies have shown that marijuana might actually be a healthier alternative for PTSD meds, offering more natural solutions than highly addictive anti-depressant medications. Recent reports have also indicated that one issue related to PTSD is a drop in the endocannabinoid system, a valuable portion of the brain that maintains balance and harmony. However, while marijuana is not potentially life-threatening (for short-term use), one potentially dangerous drug has recently entered the spotlight for PTSD treatment. Would you ever expect a hardcore party drug like ecstasy to be the central point of behavioral research? Let’s take a closer look at how a Colorado study has revealed possible benefits of MDMA for the treatment of PTSD victims.
Psychotherapy with a Psychotic Drug
Recently, researchers in Colorado discovered that MDMA-assisted psychotherapy might serve as a beneficial form of treatment for patients suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Sponsored by the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), the study comprises (currently) the largest FDA-sanctioned clinical trial of MDMA psychotherapy conducted. In conclusion, researchers argued that the findings proved that this psychoactive drug is a perfect medication for rigorous PTSD treatment.
Ecstasy for Mental Scarring
Recently, the Colorado study’s principal investigator Marcela Ot’alora affirmed that MDMA treatment will ease the lives of people suffering from severe mental trauma or painful memories. During the trial, researchers studied 28 participants suffering from a form of chronic PTSD (caused by sexual assault, military service, and more) and divided the subjects into two groups (placebo-controlled, active-dose). At the end of Phase 2, the placebo group (who had previously received 100 and 250 mg of MDMA) no longer qualified for a PTSD diagnosis, while 33% of the active group (who had received 40 mg active MDMA) experienced symptoms. Furthermore, one year after the third session, 76% of all participants did not suffer from PTSD anymore.
In a recent interview with High Times, Brad Burge (director of communications at MAPS) confirmed that this MDMA-assisted trial is being completed in three countries, overall.
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