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MDMA approval for post-traumatic stress disorder could come in 2024


The Food and Drug Administration soon may approve the recreational psychedelic drug MDMA — alongside supportive therapy — to treat post-traumatic stress disorder after two late-stage studies found it effective. MDMA facilitates empathy and openness and decreases defensiveness, but it also induces neuroplasticity — the ability of neurons to rewire and strengthen connections, said Ronald Cowan, professor and chair of the department of psychiatry at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis.

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