MDMA is popular as a party drug, but its reputation may soon change to a more positive note because of a kindhearted source of hipster soaps and a nonprofit research team. Because of their research, MDMA will benefit millions of Americans, including veterans and traumatized patients.
The Reinvention of MDMA
The infamous drug is synthetic and it resembles both hallucinogens and stimulants chemically. It has the ability to alter the neurochemicals of the brain to form feelings of emotional energy, warmth and pleasure. They will test these out for patients of post-traumatic stress disorder through psychotherapy treatment.
The illegal drug is technically referred to as 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine. It’s not similar to molly or ecstasy even though these could include MDMA at times. Soon enough, MDMA will go through three Phase 3 clinical trials that aim for an FDA approval by 2021. This means that therapists could eventually recommend the treatment to their patients.
The MDMA Trials
The nonprofit research and educational organization called the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) is working alongside the FDA to plan these trials. They have already decided the basic elements of the plans, and the FDA even supported MAPS to request for a special therapy designation that would assist in expediting the clinical improvement of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy.
The director of communications and marketing at MAPS, Brad Burge, revealed that they’ve already conducted their Phase 2 trials and it revealed that MDMA-assisted psychotherapy have minimal dangers and it can be potentially helpful. All that they need now is for the FDA to see similar results duplicated in a huge number of patients.
The Role of Dr. Bronner
Dr. Bronner’s role in these trials is through his donation worth USD 5 million that will surely help MAPS’ USD 25 million goal. His company based in California that is currently valued at USD50 million produces pure-castile, organic soap that is famous for its peace-propagating, magical labels that also namedrops Thomas Paine, Albert Einstein and Jesus at the same time.
The company says that they want to assist in easing the ache of a grieving population, more particularly veterans and people traumatized by rape and other types of violence – and this is their immediate goal. Based on the Department of Veterans Affairs, nearly eight out of a hundred Americans will have PTSD at one point of their lives. This is exactly why the now notorious party drug could someday treat patients.