Ecstasy is one of the most widely used illicit drug, except cocaine, marijuana and heroin. But a new study found that ecstasy could be useful for autism therapy.
Ecstasy or also known as MDMA (Methylene Dioxy Meth Amphetamine) has been known to promote feelings of happiness, euphoria, a sense of intimacy with others, and relieve depression and anxiety, although these drugs are also very dangerous if misused.
This empathogenic effect shows that MDMA can be useful to improve psychotherapy for patients who experience communication problems, such as autism, schizophrenia or other antisocial personality disorder. Ecstasy can affect neurons in the brain that uses the neurotransmitter serotonin to communicate with other neurons.
Brain chemical called serotonin, the hormone oxytocin plays an important role in regulating mood, aggression, sleep, and sensitivity to pain, are also associated with social ties and one of the hormones that can reduce the effects of cortisol (stress hormone triggers).
In the context of treatment, this effect can increase the intimacy in people who have difficulty feeling close to others.
Unfortunately, ecstasy is often used among the “club drug” while enjoying the nighttime entertainment. The drug is often misused in a way is combined with alcohol, so it has effects that can potentially life-threatening.
Still more research is needed regarding the control of ecstasy to determine whether these drugs can safely and effectively become the drug of psychotherapy for some conditions.
Previous findings have been published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology is also shown that ecstasy can be useful for people with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), trauma such as sexual harassment.
It is important to investigate potential new therapies and it should not be prevented just because something is abused. Many things can be life-threatening or dangerous if used incorrectly. But if used wisely and properly, then there are many things that can help.