Known as “Ecstasy” or Molly, MDMA shows great promise
for treatment-resistant PTSD and has already shown
positive results with a number of US Army veterans.


Now known by the street names ‘Ecstasy’ and ‘Molly’, MDMA was first synthesized back in 1912 by Merck chemist Anton Kollisch.  A psychoactive drug from the phenethylamine family, MDMA is not strictly speaking a psychedelic compound and was not used recreationally until the 1970s, when popularized by the work of underground chemist and ‘Godfather of Ecstasy’, Alexander Shulgin, who described it as his ‘low-calorie martini’.

Criminalized as a drug of abuse, amidst still disputed fears about levels of potential neurotoxicity, MDMA exhibits some unique qualities as a therapeutic drug, being the only anti-anxiolytic (anxiety-reducing) drug that is non-sedating. As well as an application for end-of-life anxiety, MDMA shows great promise for treatment-resistant PTSD and has already shown positive results with a number of US Army veterans.

Although some deaths have been attributed to MDMA – in contrast to the safety record of genuine psychedelics – a recent UK study by Professor David Nutt concluded that the drug was statistically ‘less dangerous than horse-riding’.

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