PTSD On Ecstasy: An Orchard Ripe for Picking

Abby Zimet

A clinic in South Carolina is conducting a study of psychotherapy using 3,4-Methylenedioxymethamphetamine - ecstasy - to alleviate treatment-resistant PTSD, part of a 10-year, $10 million effort to recognize the medical power of psychedelics to reach deeper regions of the brain and thus heal trauma. At first blush, this seems counter-intuitive and just plain out there; then, especially given the statistics - “well over” 300,000 veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan suffering from often chronic PTSD, depression or traumatic brain injury, and suicide rates skyrocketing - maybe it doesn't.

Therapeutic psychedelia “is a great, beautiful orchard filled with ripe fruit for picking.”

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