This site is updated Hourly Every Day

Trending Featured Popular Today, Right Now

Colorado's Only Reliable Source for Daily News @ Marijuana, Psychedelics & more...

Post: MDMA trials are showing it has promise as a psychiatric medicine

Picture of Anschutz Medical Campus

Anschutz Medical Campus

AnschutzMedicalCampus.com is an independent website not associated or affiliated with CU Anschutz Medical Campus, CU, or Fitzsimons innovation campus.

Categories

Recent Posts

Anschutz Medical Campus

MDMA trials are showing it has promise as a psychiatric medicine
Facebook
X
LinkedIn
WhatsApp
Telegram
Threads
Email

‘A cost-free measure that a new Labour government can take is to move MDMA and psychedelics to be class B, making research cheaper, faster and easier to conduct.’ Readers respond to a letter which said that MDMA is not helpful in mental health care

Rachel McNulty ( Letters, 19 April ) is right to emphasise the need for proper funding of integrated mental health care and social support, but wrong to dismiss MDMA based on a single anecdotal case. I can provide a number of counter-anecdotes showing the value of MDMA to mental health, including a friend of mine who has said that it saved him from taking his life in his youth.

However, science-based healthcare is not about anecdotes, but systematically gathered evidence and controlled trials. Such trials are already under way and are showing strong promise for both MDMA and psychedelics as effective psychiatric medicines when used appropriately. They are absolutely necessary to provide a clear evidence base that cuts through both “war on drugs” scare stories and psychedelic hype.

This work is made slower and more expensive because MDMA is classified as a class A drug. A cost-free measure that a new Labour government can take is to move MDMA and psychedelics to be class B, making research cheaper, faster and easier to conduct. In future, this would allow MDMA and psychedelics to be incorporated into NHS integrated care in an evidence-based way, and is likely to improve quality of life for many while reducing health and social care costs. Until this happens, it is not surprising that people like Rose Cartwright ( I was the poster girl for OCD. Then I began to question everything I’d been told about mental illness, 13 April ) find support in self-medication and underground therapists in the UK and abroad.
Chris Preist
Bristol

Dr Rachel McNulty ignores numerous studies and trials on MDMA that have gone on around the world in recent years. These have shown encouraging results, especially for the treatment of PTSD and alcoholism.

While it is unlikely that MDMA will replace other forms of treatment, its potential benefit when […]

Leave a Reply

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

You Might Be Interested...