Brad Burge is the Director of Communications at the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS). MAPS is a leading organization in the field of psychedelic research and it has been particularly focused on MDMA-assisted psychotherapy, largely for PTSD.
MDMA appears to be very useful in the treatment of PTSD. A couple therapy sessions with the drug can produce long-lasting benefits in a large percentage of people, including in patients who have been unresponsive to other substances and treatment options.
In this episode we talk about the MDMA studies, how the psychedelic research field has changed over time, and where MAPS' research is headed.
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I'm sure Mr.Burge is doing excellent work with MAPS, but isn't MDMA use for therapy the normie argument for the legalization of MDMA ? Of course in the real world you cant just argue the fact that adults should consume whatever drugs they want. With XTC you go about it with the reason that it MAY have medical benefits its similar to how states started the process of legalizing for recreational Marijuana.
I did ramble on but this is a topic I am passionate about. I also would warn people not to take XTC its still a research chemical and it is still in need of further testing. Also drug dealers don't care about your personal safety and will either sell you a diluted product or sell you a research chemical they ordered from china for 10 dollars per pound and sell you a pill for 10 dollars and say its pure molly. While you run the chance of dying or going blind. Please people test your pills but even better would be not to take X to begin with.
I dont think in 2018 people can honestly say yes I want this drug legal because I want to consume it and its none of your business to say otherwise. The guest uses the argument for legalization for medical use which again fine but I still think the main argument is adults should be able to make the decision.
As for X im glad YOU were able to stop drinking I would necessarily say because of X but the fact that you wanted to kick the bottle. I personality would never take street XTC only because it is usually 99% of the time research chemicals but that can also be an argument for the drug. Legalize XTC to prevent fake pills Legalize Marijuana to stop synthetic weed. The market for these drugs are there and if the pure substance isnt there or is hard to find people will just use the synthetic double of the drug that is often much more dangerous that the original substance.
I dont understand how people can rally behind the argument weed or X has some medical value, but not that drugs should be legal because of personal responsibility. I dont necessary trust the studies showing drugs medical value only because they are often biased. There is a hell of a lot of quackery out there regarding THC and X.
"but isn't MDMA use for therapy the normie argument for" - partly, yes. It's a loud minority of drug users that are loud and talk a lot. Perhaps you could say it's a bit of rationalizing to use, and while that's true ,it's not the argument the majority use. A lot do, yes, but in total just a portion. But, BUT even IF, say, the normie argument perpetuates it and as soon as research is easier the normie gets able to abuse the "therapeutic" argument, but even if that happens, why is that a problem? Why shouldn't they be able to use MDMA? It helped me stop alcohol. I literally was alcoholic at 20years old. I drank every day, only to calm my social anxiety and panic disoder to be able to go to a job. I was convinced I will always have issues with alcohol and won't able to shake it, what especially perpetuated this is how many similarities i notice in my dad, and he is an alcoholic. The behavior and thought pattern is exactly like mine, so i though I would have the same problem just like him and i'm not as strong fighting against genetics. But after the 2nd time I rolled (i reduced alco after first) I stopped having desire for the alcohol. While I still experience some of the euphoria alcohol gives its not the same, there's none of that "0% or 100%" and being blow away how can someone only drink one or two.
You know when depressed people are told the cliché "snap out of it" and "get your shit together" ? Well, i tried everything and didn't snap out. But 2 rolls did it. That exact definition that i hated because of its unreality and failing it many times, actually exactly that happened. It's like i snapped out of it. Of course there was that comedown, depression and anxiety, but as it lifts up every day, then return to the normal level and a bit above. I returned from it in greater shape so to say, and got a job as well as volunteered.
Of course there is a profit motive but again I would rather this obviously biased organization get some credit and not the government make money off prisoners for possession or distribution of X. I couldn't watch the entire show after the guest started talking about opiates I had to shut it off. You can agree with a particular goal of an organization but not everything they stand for.
I wish i could be apart of the trial i havent used MDMA for my PTSD in 8 months....last time i did i helped me for at least 6 months as the past two months have been really hard on me again etc visuals and audio hallucinations , flash backs are back with a vengeance, the anxiety hasn't let me leave the house this hole month because of it but i think the psycho therapy is the major part not just taking 150mg and sitting there meditating and being with one... hopefully they can get the UK to try this as i am sick of SSRis the do nothing at all either that or i can try find out how to get into the trail and fly to the US for a week or two....
(Yes i know 150mg is fairly big but i seeked advice from a few people who tried it and said 150mg should be enough)
TheStonedGamer 420 man, if i take 150 mg of mdma i will have a serotonin down for at least 1-2 months :D
I am not really into the therapeutic affects of this but i think that, for me, much smaller doses would actually help me better :)
But anyways i wish you good luck and all the best for the future :)
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