‘MDMA’ study results promising for PTSD
…many officials and researchers now believe the mental health field is facing “a moment of great need” that’s prompted some rethinking. [MDMA now has been given FDA-approved “break-through” status]
The shift in thinking is significant as not only did the federal government classify these drugs as having no acceptable medical uses and a high potential for abuse, but many researchers believed they were too powerful to use therapeutically … MDMA is the active ingredient in what’s commonly known as “ecstasy” or “Molly.” It was invented in 1912 as a way to boost pharmaceutical production, but starting in the 1970s, psychiatrists found it enhanced communication with patients. By the mid-1980s, it was becoming widely abused, and the U.S. government banned it in 1985.