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Ecstasy-assisted therapy could be legalized: A new clinical trial treated people with post-traumatic stress disorders with a combination of MDMA and talk therapy. Ninety people who had long-term PTSD participated in the trial. Of the people who received MDMA and not the placebo, after two months of treatment 67% no longer qualified for a PTSD diagnosis, compared with the placebo group’s 32%. The Food and Drug Administration could approve MDMA for medical use by 2023, depending on the outcome of a third clinical trial that’s currently underway. That’s a far cry from when the Drug Enforcement Administration criminalized it back in 1985.
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