California science review panel approves study on MDMA treatment for autistic adults

By Eric W. Dolan
Monday, October 21, 2013 10:10 EDT
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Two major committees have approved a study on the use of MDMA to help autistic adults with social anxiety, according to the organization that hopes to conduct the research.

In its most recent newsletter, the Multidisciplinary Association of Psychedelic Studies said the Research Advisory Panel of California and the Institutional Review Board at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center/Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute have approved the research.

The study will investigate the safety and therapeutic potential of MDMA-assisted therapy for treating social anxiety in 12 autistic adults.

MDMA is known on the street as the club drug ecstasy and molly. The drug has been found to reduce the fear of emotional harm while promoting feelings of social connection.

The researchers still need to obtain permission from the Drug Enforcement Administration before they can conduct the study. MDMA is classified as a Schedule I substance, the most restrictive category of the federal Controlled Substances Act.

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Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
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