Question of the Day –Friday September 8, 2017

Question: Does the drug MDMA have any legitimate therapeutic usage?

The cited reference notes: “MDMA was first used in the 1970s as an aid in psychotherapy (mental disorder treatment using “talk therapy”). The drug didn’t have the support of clinical trials (studies using humans) or approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. In 1985, The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration labeled MDMA as an illegal drug with no recognized medicinal use. Some researchers remain interested in its value in psychotherapy when given to patients under carefully controlled conditions. MDMA is currently in clinical trials as a possible treatment aid for post-traumatic stress disorder and anxiety in terminally ill patients, and for social anxiety in autistic adults.” (https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/mdma-ecstasymolly#added_risk; accessed July 2017)

Question: Does the drug MDMA have any legitimate therapeutic usage?