A new study by the Center for the Study of Psychopharmacology and Addiction (PARC) found that MDMA users have more emotional empathy than other drug users who mainly use substances such as cocaine, cannabis and ketamine.
Over the past few years, scientists have made many breakthroughs that have shown us the potential benefit of MDMA for treating mental health problems such as PTSD and alcoholism. Between giving a drug to an octopus To examine the sources of social behavior and test its ability to help people overcome betrayal and build trust, the potential health benefits of this illegal drug become clearer with each passing study.
This last group of drug trials came out to explore the "long term impact of recreational MDMA use on these basic social processes".
The study involved 67 drug users: 25 of them took MDMA once a month, 19 used other drugs, and 23 used alcohol alone. Measuring each participant's emotional and cognitive empathy using a self-report and computer assessment test, the researchers found that MDMA users scored higher than poly-drug users who did not use MDMA.
These results conflict with previous suspicions that moderate long-term use of MDMA can lead to increased social distress – a finding very relevant to considerations for its therapeutic purposes. This means that those suffering from various mental disorders can use moderate drug therapy for extended periods of time without adversely affecting their social anxiety feelings.
It is important to note, however, that there is still no evidence that MDMA increases the emotional and cognitive empathy of people over time. It is entirely possible that people who participated in this study are attracted to MDMA because they are naturally more empathic and want to look for the effects of drugs. To properly examine the long-term effects of MDMA and how it increases empathy over time, a new study should examine the subjects before they began to use the drug on a regular basis over a long period of time.
Check out the full study here
Learn how MDMA first came to the UK in 1988 here
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