MDMA (3,4-Methylenedioxymethamphetamine) is a synthetic psychedelic substance that is often called an “empathogen” because of its capacity to make people feel closer to others. It experienced a surge of popularity in the 1980s as a party drug, but since then MDMA has become a potential therapeutic substance in the treatment of PTSD.
MDMA is taken either as a pure crystal (which can be swallowed) or as part of ecstasy pills, where it is often mixed with other drugs such as amphetamines. The MDMA experience is psychedelic in that it can offer people a fresh perspective on life, and dramatically change perception – however its most defining characteristic is feelings of love and tactile pleasure.
MDMA is used in therapy as a tool for allowing patients to encounter difficult emotions and memories without the usual traumas being attached to them. When used with a well-trained therapist, MDMA can help people overcome serious traumas and do very effective self-betterment work.
What is MDMA? MDMA (3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine), was first developed in the early 1900s in Germany as a parent compound to be used to synthesize other pharmaceuticals. It was patented in 1914 by a drug company called Merck, and at first, scientists originally thought it could be used as an appetite suppressant. During the 1970s, in the United…Read More