MDMA, or “Molly,” is a form of Ecstasy that is used big time by party-goers and those looking for a good time. According to Drug Facts, a Molly pill “produces feelings of increased energy, euphoria, emotional warmth and empathy toward others, and distortions in sensory and time perception.” While all Molly users are using it to start “rolling,” recent research has shown that the drug has medical benefits and can be used to treat post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
The Food and Drug Administration has approved phase two clinical studies of Molly. Those studies are being conducted in four locations and, so far, the results have been impressive. Reporter Kelly McMillan has been investigating the use of Molly for PTSD and told NPR, “The findings from these most recent studies are supporting the earlier phase two findings, which found that 83 percent of participants were cured of their PTSD — compared to 25 percent who were cured from talk therapy alone.”
In an interview, McMillan described how Molly works when it comes to PTSD:
Basically, MDMA unleashes a massive release of serotonin, dopamine and oxytocin. And this creates a state in which participants are very calm, and there’s a deep feeling of trust with their therapist. So they’re able to explore their trauma and process it.
However, oftentimes, phase two trials fail by the time they reach the third phase. McMillan warns that these findings are only preliminary and should not be treated as valid results saying, “People should not be going out and taking MDMA recreationally and thinking that they’re going to have these healing experiences.”