For years, those who suffer from PTSD and other mental illnesses have self-medicated by using elicit drugs like marijuana and CBD oil. The medical benefits of these drugs in the treatment of PTSD and mental illness has caught the attention of the medical community and great strides have been made to make forms of these drugs available via prescription. But now help may be available from a new and unexpected source, MDMA the active ingredient in Ecstasy.
A new study shows that while given while undergoing psychotherapy the drug is safe and helps with PTSD. The group was small, 26 patients, and the FDA says that more studies need to be conducted. However, this is great news for those who suffer from PTSD.
This study was conducted on service members and first responders that had experienced a traumatic experience.
The search for new ways to treat PTSD and mental illness is an ongoing battle. It is our job to ensure that our politicians know the importance of such research and that the American people are well aware of the treatment options available to those who suffer. The stigma associated with mental health also needs to be removed.
Help us spread the awareness one step at a time and make this a national discussion.