We all know someone who just loves doing molly. Any festival, club, house party, or even a chill hangout means that they've got a baggie readily available. And up until this point we've all heard the many dangers associated with popping, snorting, or swallowing the synthetic drug. However, new studies are showing that MDMA might just be an innovative solution to very serious disorder.
The non-profit research group, Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), just released that the FDA has approved their research in using MDMA as a potential treatment for those diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The drug itself has not been approved for sale but the research group is now able to greenlight phase-3 which allow for clinical trials on those with severe PTSD.
When used as a treatment for those with PTSD, researchers found that MDMA "reduce[ed] fear and defensiveness, enhance[d] communication and introspection, and increase[d] empathy and compassion. These combined neurological effects can enhance the therapeutic process for people suffering from PTSD."
The best part of this groundbreaking treatment is that, it not only has been effective in curing PTSD in those who otherwise haven't responded to other forms of treatment, but all it took was three sessions of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for permanent changes to take place.
For now, MAPS is looking for funding to conduct its research trails so there's no set date on when MDMA drug treatment will hit the pharmacy shelves.