FDA to approve MDMA?

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Thursday. Let’s start with some science that really matters. Scientists have discovered that spraying water on coffee beans before grinding them leads to fewer clumps and a cleaner grinding process. This technique also produces a more consistent and robust espresso flavor, effectively extracting more from the coffee beans. Now, excuse me while I spray some water on my coffee.

In other news, MDMA, ecstasy, molly, or “disco biscuits,” as the kids call it (I had to Google that), might be rebranding into an FDA-approved therapy for PTSD in 2024. Let’s dive in.

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Psychedelic drugs, often associated with the 1960s counterculture and lava lamps, are now being viewed as a potential future for mental health care. Healthcare experts are exploring their use in treating complex disorders like treatment-resistant depression, substance use disorder, and PTSD. And now, it seems we might be getting closer to actually having a treatment option available outside of just clinical trials. The first FDA approval of a psychedelic drug could happen as early as 2024.

MAPS Public Benefit Corporation (MAPS PBC), a nonprofit subsidiary of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies, is at the forefront of this research. They plan to submit an FDA application for their MDMA therapy by the end of this year. This therapy aims to treat the estimated 13 million U.S. adults who have PTSD and would be the first new FDA-approved PTSD treatment in over two decades.

MDMA therapy combines MDMA with three eight-hour therapy sessions and 12 drug-free therapy sessions. MDMA has a unique ability to reduce the brain’s fear response, which allows patients to process traumatic memories more effectively. The therapy has already shown promising results in Phase 3 clinical trials, with a significant number of participants no longer meeting PTSD diagnostic criteria after treatment.

The path to FDA approval involves several steps, but we could see this therapy approved in as little as six months after the application gets submitted.

The healthcare industry is already preparing for the introduction of FDA-approved psychedelic therapies. The American Medical Association’s approval of a CPT III code for psychedelic therapies is a significant step towards enabling providers to receive compensation for these treatments. 

This is all a big deal because we are in the middle of a mental health crisis and can use all the help we can get. For a long time, even studying the potential of psychedelics as a treatment option was impossible to do. We’ve come a long way, and these treatment options couldn’t have come at a better time. 

The key takeaway? If approved, MDMA therapy could mark a significant step forward in mental health treatment, offering a new option for patients and healthcare providers. This development also reflects a growing recognition of the therapeutic potential of psychedelics in addressing some of the most challenging mental health disorders.

It’s some welcome good news that could hopefully help us make a dent in the mental health crisis we find ourselves in.

Tonic Shots

1. The Most Delicious Smoothie!

Banana and almond butter? The perfect combo for a smoothie! Enjoy.

2. Skip the Takeout. Do This Instead!

This recipe for sesame noodles is as good as anything you can get from your local Chinese food spot—and it’s healthier. Enjoy!

3. Gluten-Free Granola!

Having some granola on hand is always the right move! Enjoy!

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