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Ecstasy may help treat symptoms of PTSD, research finds

MDMA or most commonly referred to as ecstasy has been able to overcome another major obstacle. Previously scientists thought that the drug could potentially have negative effects on people with PTSD. The proposition has now been ruled out.

In fact, some medical experts consider ecstasy as a viable treatment method for PTSD patients. The research is being carried out by the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS). The organization aims at the legalization of certain drugs that can have medical benefits. MDMA finds itself at the top of the list.

The investigation has entered phase III clinic trials. It would not be long before we expect results to come in.

Ecstasy & PTSD

The research study comprised of about 130 participants volunteering. They had been exhibiting symptoms associated with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

A dosage of one Ecstasy pill every month was set. At the same time, patients also underwent psychotherapy sessions as a way to overcome the situation. The changes in behaviour were observed over the course of the project and any details were noted down.

On the termination of the research, the results appeared rather surprising for the scientists. It was observed that patients with PTSD showed massive signs of improvement. The intensity of the symptoms had considerably lessened and the majority wanted to reappear in the daily course of life.

The findings carried out by MAPS can prove to be groundbreaking in the field of neuropsychiatry. A final green signal is however needed before Ecstasy treatment becomes mainstream.

It is important to note a few essential details regarding the current PTSD treatment procedures. In most cases, medications may be prescribed that may not yield any meaningful result(s) for the patient. Even when they do, they are not without their side effects. Altogether, this makes the recovery process extremely difficult. On the other hand, it is also pertinent to not forget the cost of buying medications.

As a result, it became necessary to look out for better alternatives. One which we have available is in the form of Ecstasy.

The Need for More Research

So far, we have concluded that ecstasy might be a viable option to treat PTSD symptoms. Yet, there are some takeaway messages that one should actively acknowledge.

Firstly, and most importantly, the drug should not be taken without any valid prescription. That is also to say that self-diagnosing and self-treatment should never be carried out. Only after the doctor has given a green signal, should you only proceed with Ecstasy treatment.

The problem is that any psychoactive drug, when taken in a higher dosage, can be consequential for the person. Recently, scientists found that LSD can have potential consequences on the brain activity of the person.

It is also vital to note that the “come down” or post-pill effect can be overwhelming for some individuals. The elevated state of mind may soon be followed by a depressive episode. While that holds true for certain individuals, the possibility should not be ruled out.

Suffice to say, we should wait for phase III Clinic Trials before making any final judgements.

Areeba Hussain

Areeba is an independent medical and healthcare writer. For the last three years, she is writing for Tophealthjournal. Her prime areas of interest are diseases, medicine, treatments, and alternative therapies. Twitter @Areeba94789300

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