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A group of researchers specializing in psychedelic drugs are throwing a fundraiser with the main goal of purchasing 1 kilo of MDMA, the pure form of ecstasy. 

Members of the Multidisciplinary Association of Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) in Canada are holding a dinner fundraiser that will take place on April 28 with an art fundraiser to follow on May 19. They are looking to conduct more research on how MDMA can be used to treat psychological illnesses likes PTSD, but need to pay for the next round of clinical trials along with laboratory costs for producing the substance.

MDMA molecule

MDMA molecule

Mark Haden, the director of MAPS Canada, says "PTSD is a very hard illness to treat," with only 25% effectiveness when using traditional methods, but when using MDMA, "we are demonstrating 82 per cent effectiveness in one month."

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The previous clinical trials conducted by MAPS Canada consisted of 100 individuals suffering from PTSD, and resulted in "very powerful therapy." Using MDMA to treat PTSD allows the patient to address their emotions, like terror and feeling anxious, which often halts the healing process.

This new study is very promising, but more research still needs to be done. With that being said, MDMA psychotherapy could be legal within 5 years.

[via: CBCNews]
[cover photo by Maurice Mikkers: Images of Drugs Under a Microscope]

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