Ecstasy used to treat PTSD in Vancouver study

published on September 8, 2015 by Michael Mui in 24 Hours (Vancouver)

A Vancouver study is examining using the pure form of the drug ecstasy as a treatment tool for people suffering from extreme cases of post-traumatic stress disorder, by simply making it easier for them to talk and share their experience.

This type of research is part of a growing body of evidence that suggests psychedelic substances – such as MDMA, magic mushrooms, the peyote cactus, LSD and more – could be used to treat everything from anxiety to addiction.

According to a Canadian Medical Association Journal article published Tuesday, many studies around the world have found success in using mind-altering drugs in small clinical trials.

For example, one observational study in BC within the Coast Salish First Nations community found alcohol and substance addicts showed “significant improvements” in reductions of drug and alcohol use after six months of treatment.

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