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Scientists look to ecstasy to treat PTSD

by Stephanie O'Neill | Take Two

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Ecstasy had a track record of use in couples therapy before it exploded onto the 1980s rave party scene. Fernando Camino/Cover/Getty Images

This is Part Three of our Psychedelic Science series. Click here for Part One, here for Part Two, and here for Part Four.

Studies of MDMA — often called "ecstasy" or "molly" — suggest  the drug could be a valuable tool for treating Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), researchers say.

MDMA had a track record of use in couples therapy before it exploded onto the 1980s rave party scene. In 1985 the federal government classified it as a dangerous and illegal “schedule one” drug with "no currently accepted medical use."

But nearly a dozen recent studies of its therapeutic potential are changing attitudes.

KPCC's Stephanie O'Neill reports. 

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