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MDMA for PTSD

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You might not have known this, but a psychiatrist in Mt. Pleasant is offering cutting-edge therapy to people who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) with a little help from MDMA — a drug more commonly known by its club names “ecstasy” and “molly.” Dr. Michael Mithoefer isn’t prescribing the drug as a “happy pill,” however. Instead, he’s finding that just a few carefully timed doses during therapy sessions have been helping his patients open up about their memories and deal with trauma that has been haunting them for years. He’s conducting the therapy sessions as part of an FDA-approved research project funded by the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies, and he says he’s been getting promising results. Mithoefer told us last year that the use of psychedelic drugs for therapeutic purposes is still “far from mainstream,” but it’s gaining support. “The whole conversation seems to have changed,” he said. —Paul Bowers
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