Investigators prep PhIII in effort to move MDMA (you know it as ecstasy) off the street and into use for PTSD
Over the past few years there has been a growing push to study the efficacy of illicit drugs for a range of neuropsychiatric conditions. And now a group of investigators are reportedly prepping a Phase III trial of MDMA, better known on the street as ecstasy, for post traumatic-stress disorder.
The Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies is undertaking the study, according to The New York Times, which did an in-depth feature on the drug and its slow progress in the clinic. MAPS, a nonprofit fueled by donations, has been advocating for the clinical use of a range of psychedelics like MDMA and LSD, as well as marijuana, but only after a rigorous scientific review. And it can cite Phase II data that indicate MDMA can end PTSD symptoms that afflict a large percentage of patients.
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