Connect with us

Subscribe

News

DEA Approves New MDMA Psychotherapy Study

DEA approves new MDMA study

There’s a preconception surrounding dance culture in which outsiders are wary of the scene—fearing that they will be surrounded by geeked-out ravers gnashing their teeth and constantly asking everyone if they’ve seen ‘molly’. And while that particular breed of worry admittedly contains a grain of truth, a new study approved by the DEA to test the therapeutic potential of MDMA may help assuage fears of the drug itself.

Understand, however, that this study is on MDMA, not on ‘molly’ or ‘ecstasy’ (which, as we’ve covered numerous times before, could be literally anything). Sponsored by the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies, the non-profit organization commonly referred to as MAPS, the study will investigate MDMA’s ability to aid those suffering from mental anguish after contracting a terminal illness.

The investigation will be conducted by Dr. Phillip Wolfson, a psychotherapist who once used the drug in his practice before it was declared a Schedule I Narcotic in 1985. 18 individuals will undergo a year-and-a-half trial to determine the effectiveness of the compound in a therapeutic setting.

Infographic Courtesy of MAPS

Infographic Courtesy of MAPS

Exciting as DEA approval for this type of the study is, the hubbub around this study does not lie in the approval itself. Indeed, the agency gave the go-ahead to numerous MDMA studies over the past decade. Rather, the excitement exists because it’s not a huge victory to get approval anymore. It’s commonplace, which means that perception is shifting away from instantaneous vilification.

This is huge.

Here at Dance Music Northwest, we do not condone drug use—but we do promote the pursuit of knowledge and approaching everything as objectively as possible. If the DEA, MAPS, and Dr. Wolfson can further scientific understanding of MDMA, and thereby improve education regarding the substance, then we think that’s pretty damn awesome.

Newsletter Signup

Get all the latest Pacific Northwest nightlife news, directly to your inbox.

Written By

Ben enjoys the blues, covering himself in henna, and Oxford commas.

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Rolling in the Deep: Scientists Gave Octopuses MDMA to See What Would Happen

News

Mystery BTC Millionaire donates to MDMA Mystery BTC Millionaire donates to MDMA

Mystery Bitcoin Millionaire Donates $4 Million to MDMA Research

News

Sound Remedy Sound Remedy

3 “Huh?” Moments in EDM Last Week

News

MDMA, FDA MDMA, FDA

FDA Approves Phase 3 Medical Trials For MDMA

News

Advertisement

Welcome to the new DMNW!

Excuse our dust while we finalize this exciting new user experience, currently in beta.

If you have questions or feedback, please email hello@dancemusicnw.com

Advertisement
Newsletter Signup

Get all the latest Pacific Northwest nightlife news, directly to your inbox.

Copyright © 2013-2019 Dance Music Northwest, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Connect
Newsletter Signup

Get all the latest Pacific Northwest nightlife news, directly to your inbox.