Clinical trials underway to test effectiveness of ecstasy on PTSD patients

MDMA commonly known as Molly or Ecstasy could soon be approved to treat post-traumatic stress disorder.

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new clinical trial of MDMA.

We reached out to the FDA about the trial, a spokeswoman said, "We cannot discuss any specific drug trials.

The drug companies or researchers can share information about their trials and discuss where they are in the drug development process if they wish to."

About 7.8 percent of Americans will experience PTSD.

Symptoms include reliving traumatic experiences and difficulty sleeping.

Michael Mithoefer is recruiting participants for a clinical trial, which combines psychotherapy and MDMA.

According to ClinicalTrials.gov the study should be completed by February of 2017.

In total, Mithoefer is conducting four studies.

Although the FDA cannot disclose information on drugs being developed a spokeswoman says "Some studies have been permitted to proceed.

They are held to the same standards as other drugs considered for FDA approval."

According to the New York Times, researchers are so optimistic about the new study they applied for breakthrough therapy status, which could speed up the approval process.

If approved, the drug could be available by 2021.

The Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies is sponsoring the study.

They also advocated for the legal medical use of LSD, marijuana and other restricted drugs.

Right now MDMA is classified as a Schedule 1 Drug, meaning it has no therapeutic use and a large risk of abuse.

About the Author