Benefits of MDMA – the Drug in Ecstasy – re PTSD

MDMA (3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine) is an active ingredient in the illicit street drug known as ecstasy or molly. People in dance clubs and raves use illicit MDMA because it elevates mood and energy levels, induces a feeling of bonding with others and produces a surreal psychedelic effect.

These same effects have been hypothesized to support people with PTSD during psychotherapy sessions, since they can make people more willing and able to share and explore their traumatic experiences. A meta-analysis by two UConn researchers of clinical trials confirms the benefits of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy in the treatment of PTSD.