DEA Approves Study of Ecstasy for Anxiety Associated with Life-Threatening Illness

Ecstasy tablets.
Ecstasy tablets.

The Drug Enforcement Adminsitration (DEA) has approved a study of MDMA (pure ecstasy) for the treatment of anxiety associated with terminal illnesses.

“On March 13, 2015, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration approved the Schedule I license for Phil Wolfson, M.D., the Principal Investigator for our upcoming study of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for anxiety associated with life-threatening illness”, the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) said in a recent newsletter. “This was the final regulatory approval needed for the study, which was approved by an Institutional Review Board (IRB) on September 16, 2014, the Research Advisory Panel of California (RAPC) on December 15, 2014, and by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on November 13, 2014.”

According to MAPS, the study, located in Marin, California, “will gather preliminary data about the safety and efficacy of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for anxiety in 18 subjects diagnosed with a life-threatening illness.”

“Obtaining DEA approval was the last step in the complex, arduous, and lengthy process of getting approval for our study,” says Dr. Wolfson.

The study is a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled Phase 2 study.

35 thoughts on “DEA Approves Study of Ecstasy for Anxiety Associated with Life-Threatening Illness”

  1. I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2007 and suffer from severe anxiety and panic disorder. I have self medicated in the past and it has helped. This would be an awesome study to be a part of. I read about this about a year ago and was wondering if it was real or not

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  2. I am 36; dx- multiple sclerosis, hypothyroidism, osteoarthritis, depression and serious anxiety holding me captive. I would definitely be interested in learning more about how this could benefit me as I help you benefit from using me as a case study. Thank You!

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  3. I have several issues such as Emphysema, copd which is a terminal disease , anxiety & chronic pain. I would really like to join this study. I have taken it a long time ago & it really helped with the anxiety & chronic pain. It also really helps with social anxiety too.Which is another issue I’m dealing with.

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  4. I want to know of this terminal illness, because I have many so called terminal. None will ever go away, and will cause an earlier death.

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  5. I have severe social anxiety, clinically diagnosised, I also suffer from cachexia meaning my weight is under 95lbs and I am 5’3. I would love to be a participant and find some relief. I have used MDMA in the past and found it to help me greatly with anxiety and my other issues. Any additional info would be appreciated also. Thanks for your consideration. Tonya Carlson 360 388 7162

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  6. I have epilepsy and used to use ecstasy back when I was 18 Now I’m 30 I feel alot of social anxiety. I have always been publicly uncomfortable but when my epilepsy started Its worse.Hope to hear from you soon thank you.

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  7. I have suffered with panic attacks and anxiety since I was 2 years old. I have been on medications all my life. I am very interested in the study.I’m 45 yearrs old now. Please help make a difference.

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  8. Have any of you considered cannabis to treat the anxiety? I got off my benzos and opiates by starting cannabis; it saved my life. My anxiety and PTSD are AWFUL without it. I’d much rather do cannabis, than put chemicals back in my body.

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  9. I am diagnosed with an AIDS infection. I am diagnosed with a severe anxiety/panic disorder. I’m currently taking 6 MG of xanax a day. I would love to be apart of this study, however every time I take ecstasy it does VIRTUALY NOTHING. No matter how much I take. I would like to participate in this. How do I go about it?? I also very frequently take LSD and I find total relief and happiness every time I do it. I’ve always loved LSD, and used to live mdma but it does have any effect at all on me anymore, I’d love someone to show me what ecstasy feels like again because it’s not the same as it was in 2000. Someone help a sick guy out, PLEASE.

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  10. I use lsd and mdma as much as I can I can speak thru telepathy on lsd I’m actually really good at it I also have other super human powers while tripping u have to see to believe me maybe not idk 4 sure anyways I would be an excellent candidate for research pick me as ur guinea pig I would be very grateful to lend hand

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  11. Hello,
    I would very much like to be in this study. I am a 27 year old female. I have serious anxiety problems to the extent that Ive never been able to hold down a job for more than a couple months. I rarely leave the house without my fiancee to accompany me. To say the least it is hindering my quality of life, my great potential (I am highly intelligent and otherwise competent), and my spiritual growth as an independent confidant human being.
    As a career Id like to study drugs such as MDMA in relation to psychology as well as their medicinal benefits. I have experimented with MDMA as a teen recreationaly and found it to be very helpful with my anxiety. I found the benefits of my infrequent use lasted many years even after I stopped taking it.
    I think these factors would make me an ideal candidate for this study and I think it would also profoundly help to open doors for my dream career as a scientist of psychology and taboo alternate medicines. Thank you for your time and consideration. -Fawn

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    • Ecstasy is a pill form drug contain MDMA when taken ur body heats up ur vision blurrs sometimes ur eyes will …jiggle if u will……u completely feel warm and wonderful and happy and soft and loving an…sweaty lol. U must stay hydrated or u will get sick also have something like gum to chew on cuz ur jaw grinds badly. Oh and the next day u are what we like to call E tarded lol it peaks for about two to three hours of wonderful feelings. When I first took it I was a monster bitch after I rolled it changed me as a person I’m more mellow and nicer to people and see beauty in people in things that I didn’t see before. Its been years since I’ve done it but I should again because my depression and self. Esteem and faith in people in life is so low I’d like to get back to the peaceful feeling and mindset that the MDMA gives u but please don’t run off and do it because of what I said here its illegal and can be potentially dangerous OK!? 🙂

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      • Good outlook girl. I think I need.to do it again soon. 22 and out of my part fae, But I did it a lot with old friends. I know now to not go.crazy on it.. more of a therapeutic sense if u will

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  12. I have horrible anxiety it is debilitating among a few other issues.It would be a blessing to be involved in this study! My anxiety is so debilitating i can’t even go outside.PLEASE i would love to be in your study.

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    • I would love to be kept up to date on this study. I have always believed psychedelics would be helpful with terminal illnesses. I have had many family members who have passed away but said the only time their brain would not hurt or play tricks on them was while using MDMA or mushrooms.

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