Business Insider: A Medicine Hunter Explains the Origins of MDMA and How It Could Become Legal by 2021

Summary: Author Chris Kilham speaks with Business Insider about the history of MDMA, highlighting how MDMA-assisted psychotherapy may become a legal prescription treatment for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) by 2021. “The Phase 3 clinical trial of MDMA with people who suffer from PTSD will be done on about 230 people. And if this study goes well,. MDMA could finally have its day as a therapeutic aid for the treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). So, this could be a very significant breakthrough,” explains Kilham.

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The Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies, or MAPS for short, is conducting a series of tests to find out if the illegal drug MDMA, also known as Ecstasy, could be used to treat Post Traumatic Stress disorder. If approved, the drug could become legal and available for treatment starting in 2021.

We recently talked to Chris Kilham, a “medicine hunter” who travels the world searching for natural remedies through medicinal plant research. We asked Kilham to break down the history of MDMA, and what MAPS hopes to accomplish with their Phase III study.