Future of MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy

 “I have a friend, who works with MDMA. He says there’s nothing you can get with MDMA that you can’t get without MDMA. You just might not get to it in this lifetime.”

MDMA was first synthesized by a German chemist in 1912. It is a fairly new drug. First psychoactive properties were first studied in 1978 and by 1985 MDMA was categorized schedule 1 drug.

The chemical compound is a ring-substituted amphetamine, similar to mescaline – the chemical found in Peyote. Although traditionally regarded as a psychedelic, it not hallucinogenic and is considered to some as an empathogen or entactogen – implying it creates the feeling of empathy.

It is also known as Ecstasy and Molly, but we’re hesitant to label it so because most Molly/Ecsasy found on the street contain very little MDMA. User must be careful when experimenting with this drug.

H2: People on Molly

Molly, Ecstasy, MDMA, whatever you want to call it is a psychoactive stimulant. It gives users energy and a higher sense of excitement.

The drug influences the brain to produce dopamine, creating a feeling of euphoria. People on Molly say their experience a sense of closeness with the people around them.   

To some, Molly is a beautiful drug and tool and others it is destructive. Like any chemical substance, Molly has it’s some dark history. Known well in the college scene, Molly is popular to party goeers looking for a good time. But taken with little preparation can be deadly.

Because Molly accelerates your heart rate, it makes you sweat more and lose fluids. Combine that with dancing at rave or party in a hot room and you can easily become dehydrated.

Many have died taking MDMA.

On the flip side, MDMA is a powerful tool and medicine. In clinical trials, patients are able to access traumatic memories with ease. Feeling detached from the sense of fear and danger. This combination of psychological, prosocial and anxiolytic effect is extremely effective in trauma therapy.

Common disorders MDMA has the potential to treat are PTSD, stuttering, anxiety. Enormous energy is being made to research and make MDMA a legal medicine.

Other psychotherapy results that MDMA is being researched to heal are. Heal emotional damage caused by sexual assault, war, violent crime, and other traumas. MDMA is also being treated to autistic adults with social anxiety. Anxiety related to life-threatening illnesses.

H2: How Long Does Ecstasy High Last

The effects of MDMA last 2-4 hours, peaking around the second hour. After taking it, users will feel the effect within 30 minutes to an hour. After 7-8 hours the feel will be gone.  

These number also depends on set and setting. If you are at a party and dancing the whole time, you may experience the drug go through your system faster. The more you move the faster the drug will cycle through your system.

While if you’re in bed, resting, you may experience the drug for longer.

H2: Harmful Effects of MDMA

The most popular risks when taking MDMA are:

  • Taking the wrong drug
  • Dehydration
  • Heat stroke

All of these situations can be avoided with proper diligence.

One study found that 87% of Molly confiscated between 2009 and 2013 contained little of the actual drug. Many college drug dealers know they can make a quick buck selling bath salts in replace of MDMA.

This is very dangerous. Like playing Russian Roulette with you mind.

Director of Medical Toxicology at Harford Hospital, Dr. Mark Neavyn had this to say:

“A lot of the patients that we see coming in saying that they’ve taken molly, it usually turns out that they haven’t actually taken MDMA. [Molly] just becomes this vehicle for drug dealers to hop on and sell their product with ease, and

[there is]

this false sense of security, with a drug named after the girl next door.”

To be sure you are getting what you paid for, buy a test kit or send a sample to a lab. Ecstasy Data is a independent laboratory that you can mail samples too.

From their lab, they report out of the 54 samples they had in a year, one-fourth of it contained MDMA, two-fourths contain a mix and the last one-fourth contained nothing.  

H3: Comedowns

People who’ve taking MDMA, claim the comedown is like having a hangover. Users also report feeling a sense of depression.

In one MAPS sponsored clinical trial, they reported that both subjects who took MDMA and a placebo, felt depressed after taking it. Asking participant 7 days after people who took a sugar pill instead of MDMA reported feeling more depressed than participants taking the actual thing.

H2: Positive Side Effects of Molly

People on pure Molly experience:

  • Enhanced mood and well-being,
  • Happiness
  • Relaxation
  • Increased emotional sensitivity
  • Heightened openness

Molly opens your mind. It allows you to have a different perspective of your surroundings. It allows you to feel emotions you wouldn’t have normally allowed your self to feel.

H2: MDMA Research

MAPS have administrated MDMA to 750 human subjects recording only one serious adverse event. The story of that effect is below:

“One related serious adverse reaction has occurred within all sponsor-supported studies to date. Subject 0811 experienced an increase in frequency of ventricular extrasystoles (PVC’s), a form of arrhythmia, on the day of his third and final experimental session with open-label 125 mg MDMA. The subject had no other signs and no symptoms of cardiac distress. In the absence of any symptoms of coronary insufficiency, the investigator judged the only medical measure necessary to be withholding the supplemental dose of MDMA.” “Full recovery occurred 1 day after MDMA administration.”

H2: What Can Clinical Trials Tell Us So Far?

Clinical trials tell us that this drug has serious medical applications.

H2: Is MDMA a Suitable adjunct to Trauma Therapy

Clinical trials show strong positive relationship with MDMA therapy. During therapy traumatic memories are experienced less threatening and facilitate reconsolidation of memories. This reduces the feeling overwhelming making it easier for people to confront trauma.

Patients can access traumatic memories while feeling detached from the sense of threat. The combination of psychological, prosocial and anxiolytic effects of MDMA may contribute to extreme effectiveness in trauma therapy.

Recently phase-three trial for MDMA-assisted psychotherapy in PTSD was approved by FDA. In the past, many studies have been fully funded by MAPS

MDMA may become the bridge between psychotherapy and psychopharmacology. Creating a more holistic approach to psychopathology.

H2: A Trip of Compassion

This documentary followed the lives of 3 patients that seriously suffered from PTSD. One subject was molested by his father, another kidnapped, and the last an ambulance driver with PTSD.

The study was made in Israel. It included 10 participants . 8 out of the 10 were able to overcome their trauma.

You can view the trailer of the movie here.


MDMA is a serious treatment for PTSD and other mental disorders like it. MAPS hopes to pass legislation in 2021 to make MDMA a legal therapeutic drug.

H2: Future Perspective of MDMA Assisted Psychotherapy

As new technologies and methodologies come out, new ways for solving problems and reduce suffering arise. By helping people face and overcome their trauma we can help steer humanity a little closer to heaven.  

H2: Where is Molly Legal?

There is some confusion about the legality of MDMA around the world. Production, distribution and the sales of MDMA is illegal everywhere. But, the consumption of MDMA and possession of small amounts for personal use is legal in Portugal, Czech Republic, Spain, Italy, Uruguay and several other European and Latin America Countries.

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