MDMA: A Cure for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder?

MDMA: A Cure for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder?

MDMA (3,4-Methylenedioxymethamphetamine) has been a resounding success in alleviating and outright curing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in the afflicted participants when consumed under the right conditions. While the substance often gets a bad wrap for it’s perceived mortality rate (which is usually exaggerated or false) when compared to other substances being using in clinical research, when done in the proper set and setting, the drug can be extremely beneficial for the user.

One common misconception about MDMA is that it is the same as it’s street variations, E, Ex, Molly, Ecstasy, etc. The substance in it’s pure, laboratory grade form is very safe because it isn’t “stepped on” or “cut” with any harmful chemicals to stretch out the product. If you are taking street variations of the substance, there is a much higher chance that what you’re getting isn’t just MDMA (MSM powder used for joint pain and relief is an example of a substance used to cut pill and powder based stimulants). This has also been an issue with research chemicals like 25-i and other NBOmes being sold as LSD on the street. While there are testing kits available, it is unrealistic to assume that the average user is going to have one on hand or be aware that they even exist, which is a a clear cut example of why a safe and legal free-market should be created for this class of substances. 

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Interview With Ifetayo Harvey of MAPS.

Interview With Ifetayo Harvey of MAPS.

When Ifetayo Harvey was four years old (she is now 24), her father (a Jamaican immigrant) was locked away for eight years and subsequently deported back to his home country after being charged with cocaine trafficking. While she was able to communicate with him via letters during his imprisonment and deportation, this is a far-cry from the kind of guidance and support a developing child needs. Her mother was left to raise seven children alone and Ifetayo, found herself confused and hurt. In spite of these perceived shortcomings, she was able to get active in Drug Policy Reform, graduate from Smith College with a degree in History and African Studies, and secure a job at the prestigious Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) where she works with Dr. Rick Doblin, who has become a legend in psychedelia.

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