Move over marijuana. Well, maybe not…but get in line. There’s a new illegal drug used for medicinal purposes. Ecstasy has now been green lighted in the treatment for PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), a psychological disorder commonly found in war veterans.
The compound known as 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine, or MDMA for people with speech impediments, was first created by zee Germans in 1912, but later perfected by aging hippies in the late 1970s. By the mid-1980s, ecstasy was beginning to make headlines and joined heroin and LSD on the list of forbidden substances by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).
What’s being called MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy is turning some heads and drawing some anti-drug critics. My theory is that it can’t be any worse than the over-the-counter drugs people pop like candy. Regardless of the proposed benefits, there will always be those who get their politically correct knickers in a twist because of its ties to the party drug.
At the end of the day, if it helps people, let’s roll with it. I’d rather have a bunch of veterans playing with glow sticks and awkwardly massaging each other than being incapable of dealing with the internal hardships of post-war stress.