The Treatment Of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Essay

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MDMA for the treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

Robert Mikenis

"Psychedelic drugs, though each with a unique set of actions and side effects, all serve the generally similar function of increasing access to psychological, emotional processes. As a result, psychedelics can be used as general purpose adjuncts to psychotherapy."

-Rick Doblin
Journal of Psychology
3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine also known as MDMA is a psychotropic drug that was first synthesized by the pharmaceutical company Merch in 1912 (Freudenmann 2006). Initially MDMA was pushed away because it was thought to be an unimportant precursor for haemostatic substances (Freudenmann 2006). The chemical company Merck decided to place a patent on MDMA in 1912, they experimented with it twice in 1927 and 1959 but did nothing with it (Freudenmann 2006). MDMA has been around for some time, and even more so its effects were not fully realized until Alexander Shulgin a prominent psycho pharmacologist and author of the book PiHKAL A Chemical Love Story, which is a self report published by Shulgin and his wife Ann a psychologists who along with her husband gained international fame and sparked a reinvestigation into the use of psychedelic drugs like MDMA in the use of psychotherapy. In the report Shulgin fully investigated MDMA from a full on synthesis of the drug, to an actual testing of the drug by Shulgin himself (Shulgin 1991). Before understanding how MDMA can…

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