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FDA AGREES TO EXPANDED ACCESS PROGRAM FOR MDMA-ASSISTED PSYCHOTHERAPY FOR PTSD

In January 2019, the non-profit Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) applied to the U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to take part in its Expanded Access (EA) program. The program aimed to receive access to possibly helpful investigative treatments for people struggling with critical or life-threatening ailments that currently have no cure or treatment.

The FDA approved of MAPS’ request to proceed with the protocol for PTSD treatment on the 20th of December 2019. This program will entail enrolling 50 Post Traumatic Stress Disorder cases, which previously could not partake in the third phase of the clinical trials in early treatment. The initial treatment will include MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for PTSD at up to 10 sites in the U.S.

But, is molly safe? No, molly is not safe. Some other acute effects of molly include panic attacks, hypertension, seizures, loss of consciousness, and faintness.

What is MDMA? 3,4-Methyl​enedioxy​methamphetamine (MDMA) is a man-made material that affects brain function and causes a change in temperament, awareness, perception, attitude, or cognition. It is generally used for recreational purposes and is also called e pill X, Ecstasy, or Molly.

So, is ecstasy bad for you? Ecstasy is harmful for users as regular use can trigger heart condition, deep sadness, impulsivity, and issues with concentration.

Is Ecstasy Addictive? According to research by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), there is no definitive answer. Animals self-administer ecstasy during experiments, which is an indicator of its addictive capability, but they do not administer to the same degree as other addicting substances like cocaine. However, users displayed classic signs of addiction like continued use, despite knowing its consequences. Ecstasy tablets also stand the risk of being adulterated, which might lead to other unforeseen complications.

Is ecstasy legal? No, it is not legal. Despite the recommended use of MDMA to treat PTSD cases, it has not been legalized. Under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) of the U.S., it is recognized as a Schedule I drug.

Additional molly drug facts:

  • It encourages unsafe sex behavior, which increases the likelihood of exposure to HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases.
  • E-pill use results in low serotonin, which causes depression and memory issues.
  • Other dangers of MDMA include nausea, headache, lack of appetite, chills or hot flashes, swelling of the brain, kidney failure, sodium imbalance, restless legs, panic attacks, involuntary teeth grinding and jaw clenching.
  • Combining ecstasy with other drugs like ice pills can lead to death by overdose.

MDMA was first used for psychotherapy in the 1970s. The treatment involved employing ‘talk therapy’ to treat mental disorders. It wasn’t able to secure the approval of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration or support for clinical trials.

Years after this first attempt, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration classified ecstasy an illegal drug with no medicinal advantage. But, this has not stopped researchers from including it in trial tests, as seen with the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies’ (MAPS), receiving approval from the FDA to add more sites where molly will be used for PTSD treatment.