Police officers are supposed to arrest people for possessing MDMA, but a study published in The Lancet suggested they might benefit from taking the club drug instead.
Researchers undertook a randomized, double-blind trial to see if MDMA-assisted psychotherapy could help first responders and military personnel who suffer from chronic post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). A quarter of the participants took 30mg and served as the control group, while the others received either 75mg or 125mg of MDMA administered in two separate sessions.
What did the study find?
"The 75mg and 125mg groups had significantly greater decreases in PTSD symptom severity than the 30mg group," wrote the researchers, adding that the control group experienced more relief only after increasing their dosage. "In the open-label crossover with full-dose MDMA (100–125mg), PTSD symptom severity significantly decreased in the group that had previously received 30mg."
Retested one year later, the "PTSD symptoms were significantly reduced at the 12-month follow-up compared with baseline after all groups had full-dose MDMA." This led the study to conclude the following: "Active doses (75mg and 125mg) of MDMA with adjunctive psychotherapy in a controlled setting were effective and well tolerated in reducing PTSD symptoms in veterans and first responders."
MDMA may or may not help all police officers, firefighters and veterans, but this study suggests it'll definitely help those who suffer from PTSD when paired with therapy in a clinical setting.
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