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Treatment for Stress is Ecstasy

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In a new trial, doctors will prescribe ecstasy to patients suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

The belief is that it could ease the emotional pain of those who have endured distressing episodes such as war or rape, and in turn encourage them to feel more comfortable with these past events.

In America, a small trial of patients given the active ingredient in ecstasy; methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA), alongside their psychotherapy, showed a significant positive effect of the drug on their mental well-being 8 weeks later compared to those administered with a placebo drug.

According to the psychiatrist involved in the study, one patient explained, “ I feel like I’m walking in a place I’ve needed to go for so long.”

Controversial Professor David Nutt alongside collegue Dr Ben Sessa plan to repeat the trial in hope of finding similar results. Professor Nutt stated, “I feel quite strongly that many drugs with therapeutic potential have been denied to patients and researchers because of the drug’s regulation.”

Professor Nutt was previously sacked from his job as the chairman of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs for being critical of a harsher classification on the drug cannabis. Previously, he had said that ecstasy was less dangerous than riding a horse.

The pair, however, are still waiting to hear whether their funding request was successful.

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