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Science in Seconds - Ecstasy Therapy

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Science in Seconds Know Everything RUMOURS - Ecstasy Therapy Rheanna Sand: When it comes to drugs, there is an intimate relationship between the medical and recreational. Party drugs and street drugs often start out legit. For example, heroin was created as a safe, non-addictive alternative to morphine. That worked out well. But junkies aren't the only ones chasing the dragon. Researchers are more and more turning to recreational drugs for inspiration. One example is 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine, commonly known as MDMA, or Ecstasy. It's been effective in treating post-traumatic stress disorder in a specific process called exposure therapy. Exposure therapy involves reliving past trauma while staying grounded in the present. During this type of therapy, the main obstacle between doctor and patient is emotional avoidance. Ecstasy gives the patient a little help sharing their feelings. OK, it gives the patient a lot of help. It boosts some key neurotransmitters. Serotonin and dopamine are released, instead of removed, from synapses, causing a whoosh of euphoria. The stress hormones noropinepherine and cortisol increase as well, creating a heightened sense of awareness. Last, but not least, oxytocin floods the brain, the hormone of empathy and intimacy. This is the final glue that melds a patient to a therapist. After taking 150 to 200 milligrams of ecstasy, PTSD sufferers can recall painful memories much more easily, while remaining grounded in reality. Of course, after 400 milligrams, patients are compelled to wear faux fur pants, glowing wigs, and carry tiny Powerpuff Girl backpacks. But, fortunately, such trials are carefully regulated. Medical marijuana, doctors handing out Ecstasy. As if the lines at the clinic weren't long enough. Courtesy of Science in Seconds – All rights reserved Only for educational/non-profit purposes. (Translators are invited to put their name here)

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Duration: 2 minutes and 8 seconds
Year: 2010
Country: United States
Language: English
License: All rights reserved
Producer: Science in Seconds
Director: Science in Seconds
Views: 48
Posted by: tradottiinitaliano on Sep 10, 2011

MDMA and PTSD go together like peas and carrots.

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