3,4-methylenedioxy-methamphetamine or more commonly known as MDMA is a party drug but could it have benefits in the medical field. “MDMA is a synthetic drug that alters mood and perception (awareness of surrounding objects and conditions.” Although mostly perceived as a drug used for recreational purposes, studies at Harvard University and in South Carolina, Switzerland and Israel could determine whether there are legitimate medical uses for the club drug.
A frequently discussed topic is the use of illicit drugs to combat pain and stress experienced by medical patients, usually patients with cancer. The legalisation of medicinal marijuana in Colorado was majorly covered in the media recently and saw families from all over the United States moved to reap the benefits. With the rapid increase in the benefits of marijuana, MDMA could soon follow suit.
Slate recently reported the use of MDMA would mainly be used to treat post traumatic stress disorder. Such a huge advantage of the drug is that is is a fast acting without sedation. But the US Government classifies ecstasy as a schedule 1 drug meaning that it is classified as having no accepted use in the medial field. But should governments around the world really decline people experiencing traumatic mental and physical pain.
Although research has linked long term ecstasy use to mental impairment such as memory loss, no permanent mental damage has been associated with regulated use. On this basis researchers are interested in captivating the benefits of MDMA while making sure that is it 100% safe.
This graphic shows some of the side effects of ecstasy use, but it is correlated with how often the drug is taken. When the drug is moderated the side effects are a lot less severe. This reiterates the point that if researches can find suitable dosages that maximise the benefits of the drug and minimise the side effects, the drug could have use in the medial field.