The drug MDMA, or as it is commonly called, Ecstasy, is usually thought of as being the drug of choice for teens in the rave party culture. According to the Anxiety and Depression Solutions website, recent studies are showing that the drug may be beneficial therapy for terminally ill patients suffering from anxiety, and is aiding in the therapy of patients with post-traumatic stress disorder.

Raves are dance parties, that typically make use of flashing, psychedelic lights and loud, pulsating electronic music called techno. These dance parties first became popular in the mid 80’s, and reached their peak in the 90’s. Raves still happen today, but the trend appears to have died down. MDMA brings about intense feelings of euphoria and energy that allows partiers to dance for several hours and share in an experience with others around them.

Most studies condemning the drug are considered controversial, and sometimes are found out to be false, as in the case reported by Rick Weiss of the Washington Post. In 2003, scientists from the John Hopkins University retracted their research, which supposedly showed that MDMA caused irreversible brain damage after just one night of use. Their reasoning behind the retraction was that the drug used had not been MDMA at all.

The FDA gave the go ahead for research to be done in 2004. Studies have since shown that the drug helps to alleviate the anxiety that cancer patients suffer through in their last days. The lessening of anxiety makes it easier for patients to deal with their pain, and the euphoric effects that make MDMA such a popular recreational drug also ease depression. MDMA is proving to be helpful for sufferers of post-traumatic stress disorder, because it allows the patients to open up to their therapists and make them feel more comfortable in dealing with their disorder.

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