The notion of the drug “ecstasy” being legal someday may be a crazy one for most people, but it may actually be in our near future.
According to some small studies around the country, researchers have “proven” that MDMA-assisted psychotherapy can help heal psychological and emotional damage caused by traumas from sexual assault, war, and violent crime.
And now, federal regulators have approved the drug for clinical trial testing on a larger scale. If passed by the FDA, this drug could start to be available as a form of “medicine.”
“The Phase III trials will involve at least 230 patients, and will be sponsored by the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), an organization that advocates for the medical use of various psychedelics, including MDMA (otherwise known as ecstasy or Molly or millennial aspirin). The organization funded early safety and efficacy trials of the drug in the past. And in one pilot study involving 19 PTSD patients, more than half experienced decreased symptoms for up to six years after receiving three doses of MDMA,” writes Popular Science.
Apparently, so far the subjects that have been treated have found it very helpful. “The therapy made it possible for me to live,” said one subject according to the Journal of Psychopharmacology.
MDMA effects the amygdala, the part of the brain that processes and it often increases feelings of trust and reduces fear.
“The body of evidence that shows MDMA works is so strong and so encouraging,” said Rick Doblin, the founder and executive director of MAPS while at the New Horizons Conference last month where the ecstasy studies were discussed.
Researchers have even applied for the special “breakthrough therapy” status with the FDA. This would put the drug on the fast track to approval.
The drug could potentially be on the market starting in 2021.
However, ecstasy is very much still a popular party drug. But with studies and accolades like the above, it’s well on its way to becoming a legitimate medicine.
Doblin has been quick to say that the drug will only remain as a prescribed drug and will never be a recreational one.
“This is never going to be a take-home drug,” said Doblin. “It’ll only be prescribed by doctors with special training, for people with specific conditions.”
But, it seems like ecstasy is following in the same path as marijuana.
The drug went from illegal marijuana to medical marijuana to recreational marijuana. So are we going to go from illegal ecstasy to medical ecstasy to recreational ecstasy?
Isn’t this terrifying?
Ecstasy is not only addicting, but users often use other drugs to help cope with the mental and physical pain they experience after coming down from ecstasy. Not to mention, users have to continually increase the amount of the drug consumed to feel the same effects each time they take it. This then heightens the negative side effects
This is a slippery slope where hard drugs become legal. Whatever illness this cures, a whole lot of people will suddenly have that diagnosis and then ecstasy addiction will be more prevalent.
Editor’s note: This kind of transition has been predicted in many circles for over 50 years. Back then it was inconceivable that we would allow our children to be in such danger.
Almost 90% of people over 18 in the U.S. have at least tried alcohol, the top 29% of drinkers are considered to be problem drinkers and the top 10% are considered to be alcoholics.
Would you think that Ecstasy is more or less addictive than Alcohol? Image the future where AT LEAST 30 million Americans are written off as Ecstasy addicts, unable to cope with the real world, supported by welfare programs. Will your child be one of them?