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The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has given the green light to phase three trials of MDMA to treat post-traumatic stress disorder, the final phase of validation required to turn the party drug into a legal medicine. ‘My therapist gave me a pill’: can MDMA help cure trauma?
The treatment involves giving patients the drug just three times – once a month – during long talking therapy sessions, interspersed with weekly sessions without the drug. Early trials of the drug, currently listed as a schedule 1 substance by the Drug Enforcement Administration along with heroin and coc aine, have shown encouraging results for patients with treatment-resistant PTSD.
“Moving from phase two to phase three shows we have strong scientific reason to believe that MDMA is an effective treatment for PTSD in therapy.
PTSD is common among military veterans, victims of sexual abuse and refugees with symptoms including anxiety attacks, body shakes, nightmares and insomnia. While many patients respond to established treatments such as cognitive behavioral therapy or eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing (EMDR), a subsection battle with the disorder for decades.
The drug would not be available on prescription for patients’ use at home in the same way that marijuana is in many US states. The design of the trials means that the drug could only be administered by a trained psychotherapist in licensed centers.
“People come into a clinic and receive one MDMA pill from the doctor and take it right away for their therapy session. They don’t take it home,” said Burge.
a brew of vines and leaves used in traditional spiritual medicine
I can say it does have some very therapeutic effects.
Just like anything though it should be used in moderation.
originally posted by: olaru12
I doubt if the Trump administration will be drug friendly for any type of legalization or research; If his cabinet is any indication; it's full blown corporate, Right wing Christian, conservatives.
originally posted by: IkNOwSTuff
I predict a large and sharp spike in teenagers with PTSD in the days leading up to any large dance parties
You feel kind of empty and depressed when you come down....hard to imagine that being good for PTSD but I'm no doctor
The leaf is named Psychotria Viridis, and provides the psychoactive component. The MAOI attribute is the vine banisteriopsis caapi.
To say that they are not specifically related to ingestion by Latin American populations, as per your reference to the indigenous flora.