Why Dr. Bronner’s Soap is Paying Millions on MDMA Research | Inverse

It’s best known as a party drug, but the reputation of MDMA could soon get a boost, thanks to a nonprofit research group and a big-hearted purveyor of hipster soaps. MDMA might help millions of Americans, veterans chief among them, and big pharma won’t touch the project, but not for the reasons that have to do with MDMA’s club reputation.This fall, the synthetic drug that chemically resembles both stimulants and hallucinogens, that’s capable of altering the brain’s neurochemicals to create feelings of emotional warmth, pleasure, and energy, will be put to the test as a psychotherapy treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder.Technically known as 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine, the illegal drug is not the same as “ecstasy” or “molly,” although sometimes those drugs may contain MDMA. It will soon undergo three Phase 3 clinical trials, with an eye on a 2021 FDA approval, meaning therapists could administer MDMA to their patients.

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