MDMA (also known as ‘ecstasy’) is a popular recreational drug with a negative stigma.
But the substance has gained traction for therapeutic use as well — and there are several benefits of MDMA therapy.
MDMA-assisted psychotherapy is showing promising signs as an effective treatment for a range of personal and mental health problems.
What Is MDMA Therapy?
MDMA-assisted psychotherapy involves a client taking MDMA under the supervision of a psychotherapist.
In an MDMA therapy session, the client takes the substance, puts on eyeshades, and listens to pre-selected music. He or she has the eyeshades and headphones on for the majority of the session.
MDMA-assisted psychotherapy is effective for the treatment of many other conditions, alongside PTSD. Let’s take a look at some of these promising benefits.
MDMA Therapy For PTSD
In 2017, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted ‘Breakthrough Therapy’ designation to MDMA.
This means “preliminary clinical evidence indicates that the drug may demonstrate substantial improvement over available therapy”.
MDMA For Social Anxiety
In one MAPS-funded study, researchers found MDMA therapy helped to reduce social anxiety symptoms in autistic adults.
Researchers also emphasized that this type of therapy could help any cause of social anxiety, not just those related to autism.