MDMA therapy for PTSD and trauma
Psilocybin is often used for depression, addiction, anxiety, PTSD and trauma processing. Customers are increasingly opting for MDMA therapy instead of psilocybin if PTSD or other serious anxiety symptoms are involved. MDMA then feels safer because no to few hallucinations occur.
What is MDMA?
The chemical name MDMA stands for 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine, an organic compound with the molecular formula C₁₁H₁₅NO₂. MDMA is produced synthetically and after ingestion the following effects can be observed.
Better state of mind
Feelings of happiness, euphoria and satisfaction are relatively common when using MDMA. When you start talking about your trauma or the triggers of your PTSD during this phase of contentment, the brain stores it in a different way. For the brain, it might be a little crazy. You feel satisfied and safe while talking about your trauma. You can also be gently exposed to your anxiety triggers as long as you are in that safe state. The brain will eventually connect the triggers to the positive state you are in. Exposure therapy therefore works very well under the influence of MDMA because the triggers no longer immediately result in an anxious state.
With less self-awareness, things seem more connected because you are less likely to distinguish between yourself and the world around you. When you look at yourself with less self-awareness, it sometimes seems as if it is about someone other than yourself. From these thoughts it is often easier to talk honestly about yourself without emotional blockage. It therefore creates openness and that can have a great advantage for processing the past, but also for talk therapy, self-examination and personal growth.
Letting go of trauma sometimes includes the forgiveness of the perpetrator and victim. The victim must forgive himself for the situation he was in and that requires empathy for yourself. Forgiving the offender can also help with the process. The greater empathy for the offender without the self-protection of the ego often makes forgiving an easier process.
When using most psychedelics, the brain starts working in a different way than you are used to. New insights and connections can be discovered. Of course, it is impossible to predict in advance how this will turn out. An additional advantage of these types of sessions is that curiosity is rewarded and that people often remain curious about themselves, others and the world well after the session.
When and how do you qualify for MDMA therapy?
At the moment you can only use MDMA therapy under certain conditions. A screening is done for health and medication use. Furthermore, the session can only take place with a legal MDMA alternative. You can read more about how this all works by clicking the link below.