Can Ecstasy be Used to Treat PTSD?

Brain Perspective

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can occur after someone has experienced a shocking, scary, or dangerous event. The disorder can develop from the “fight or flight” response used to protect someone from harm; people who are still impacted by those initial reactions may be diagnosed with PTSD. There are several effective treatment methods used to help individuals manage their symptoms of PTSD, but a new treatment method is being discussed: using MDMA (ecstasy/molly) to help patients with PTSD experience relief from distressing symptoms.

According to the New York Times, a small drug trial testing was conducted in 2013, and a man named C.J. Hardin found much relief with MDMA after experiencing PTSD from three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. Mr. Hardin explained,

“Nothing worked for me, so I put aside the idea that I could get better. I just pretty much became a hermit in my cabin and never went out. [MDMA] changed my life. It allowed me to see my trauma without fear or hesitation and finally process things and move forward.”

Based on the successful evidence from small trials, the Food and Drug Administration has given permission for Phase 3 clinical trials of the drug to be completed before approving ecstasy as a prescription drug. However, there are still concerns surrounding the fact that individuals could abuse or become dependent on the drug, if approved to be used for prescriptions. Dr. Charles Marmar from New York University’s Langone School of Medicine stated, “It’s a feel-good drug, and we know people are prone to abuse it.”

The Washington Post states that this could be especially beneficial for soldiers, as reports have shown that between 11% and 20% of soldiers who served in Iraq or Afghanistan experience PTSD. If you have been diagnosed with PTSD and are coping through substance abuse, seek help immediately. You do not have to live with your symptoms forever. There are different methods that you can take to help you better manage your symptoms, and you are not alone.

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