How to Treat PTSD with MDMA

Treating post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) has been a focus on research with MDMA for many years. The results so far have shown MDMA to be the most effective PTSD treatment ever developed.

Winter 2015 Update: Ketamine is also emerging as an excellent PTSD treatment for short to medium term relief. See our ketamine guide for more information.

By 2018, MDMA is expected to be approved by the FDA for treatment of PTSD and is currently undergoing controlled trials to obtain approval.

One recent study using MDMA combined with therapy showed incredible results in just 3 MDMA treatments combined with therapy, and relief from symptoms that persisted for years. From Nature.com:

"The results showed a spectacular 83% response rate in the MDMA group, compared with 25% in the placebo group. A response was defined as a greater than 30% reduction in a standard measure of symptom severity, the clinician-administered PTSD scale (CAPS). The researchers think that MDMA decreases levels of fear and defensiveness and increases trust between patient and practitioner when used in a clinical setting."

With the dramatic rise in PTSD cases in the military, the urgent need for effective treatment is increasing. MDMA has been shown effective in many cases where traditional therapies have not succeeded.

Because MDMA is currently only available in limited research studies, many individuals and families are using MDMA on their own to self-treat, with excellent results.

During MDMA sessions in this clinical research, there is generally very little conversation between therapist and patient. Primarily, the individual simply focuses on exploring their own thoughts and feelings. This process can be easily replicated at home.

If you are interested in learning how to use MDMA to treat PTSD, please read our step-by-step MDMA Guide.

Have you used MDMA to treat PTSD? We’d love to hear your story. Please write to us at hello@howtousepsychedelics.org.

CNN Coverage of MDMA Treatment of PTSD

Report from Dr. Sanjay Gupta, November 30, 2012.

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Rachel Hope's MDMA Treatment for PTSD

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