Before MDMA, more commonly known as ecstasy, became synonymous with enormous raver pants, the “toxic” color palette and those creepy furry boots, it was used in therapy, primarily in marriage counseling for couples with intimacy issues. Since being lumped in with Heroin and LSD in 1985, its reputation as the catalyst for long nights has remained prominent, but its therapeutic use has gone underground. However, a very real problem has brought the therapeutic benefits of MDMA back into the spotlight: treating soldiers with PTSD. Is it a viable solution and can the drug ever shake its party-starting stigma? Via The New York Times:

“When it comes to the health and well-being of those who serve, we should leave our politics at the door and not be afraid to follow the data,” said Brig. Gen. Loree Sutton, a psychiatrist who recently retired from the Army. “There’s now an evidence base for this MDMA therapy and a plausible story about what may be going on in the brain to account for the effects.”

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