MDMA Could Be On the Market Legally by 2021
On Tuesday, the Food and Drug Administration approved large-scale, Phase 3 clinical trials for MDMA. If the trials prove the effectiveness of ecstasy for treating conditions like PTSD, the drug could potentially become available as a perscription.This article originally appeared on Popular Science
MEDICAL ECSTASY ISN'T FAR OFF
In small studies around the country, a handful of researchers have been investigating how MDMA-assisted psychotherapy can help heal the psychological and emotional damage caused by sexual assault, war, violent crime, and other traumas. Now, federal regulators have approved the drug for use in large-scale clinical trials too—a move that could set the stage for making "ecstasy" legally available as a new medicine.
The Phase III trials will involve at least 230 patients, and will be sponsored by the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), an organization that advocates for the medical use of various psychedelics, including MDMA (otherwise known as ecstasy or Molly or millennial aspirin)...