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September 26 2012

MDMA may help treat depression and PTSD, Channel 4 study suggests


Research hints at therapeutic uses for MDMA but the taboo surrounding psychoactive drugs prevents similar studies

I was amused by Conal Urquhart's description in the Observer of the novelist Lionel Shriver being sucked into an MRI brain scanner "that resembles a giant washing machine". I see her tumbling around with the rest of the laundry, including actor Keith Allen and former MP Evan Harris, to emerge bright and uplifted.

The three of them were participants in a brain imaging study into the effects of MDMA ("ecstasy") on brain function, parts of which will be televised on Channel 4's Drugs Live documentary on Wednesday and Thursday night.

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