MDMA-Assisted Therapy: indications, research, and practice



In this episode of the Psychedelic Therapy Frontiers podcast, Dr. Steve Thayer and Dr. Reid Robison discuss MDMA-assisted therapy. They explore the following topics:

(2:00) Making this year the best year yet
(3:57) The early  history of MDMA with Alexander "Sasha" Shulgin and Merck
(7:00) The pioneering work of Sasha and Ann Shulgin
(9:32) Why MDMA became illegal and the repercussions
(10:23) MDMA study with couples
(11:00) Chemical structure and mechanisms of action in the brain
(13:20) Why does MDMA help with PTSD and post-traumatic growth
(19:40) Is MDMA the same as ecstasy or molly?
(21:10) Harm reduction, drug testing, and dosages
(22:35) The desirable and undesirable effects of MDMA
(25:20) Can MDMA kill you?
(27:10) Interactions with other drugs
(33:00) The MDMA come-down and how people try to compensate for it
(36:28) MAPS MDMA therapy training
(38:24) Principle components of the MDMA experience
(40:54) Ann Shulgin's 4 agreements before beginning MDMA therapy
(45:24) Oxytocin
(46:37) Critical periods of development

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