Canada approves new MDMA study

Two Canadian therapists have been permitted to give ecstasy to patients in a scientific trial aimed at finding new ways to help people with post-traumatic stress disorder.

Psychologist Andrew Feldmar and psychiatrist Ingrid Pacey, with the help of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), are recruiting 12 people to take part in the trial, which they hope might include Canadian soldiers and police officers.

The Vancouver experiment is part of small but growing international movement to use drugs such as LSD, MDMA (ecstasy) and psilocybin as part of therapeutic treatment, which has received significant backing from MAPS. The organization, founded in 1986, is a non-profit focused on lobbying to have psychedelic drugs and marijuana used for treatment.

“There is a new interest,” said Mr. Feldmar, who worked at Vancouver's Hollywood Hospital in the 1960s when it used LSD as a treatment for alcoholism. “These substances are extremely effective. It was just when they were used irresponsibly that it created a senseless panic.”

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