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Some therapists aren’t just running ecstasy studies — they’re also enrolling

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Ben Sessa was 18 years old in 1990 and working as a DJ in the early days of the London rave scene. “I was very much exposed to ecstasy,” he says. He doesn’t want to discuss the drugs he may or may not have taken back then. But he does admit to taking ecstasy a few years ago, this time for science, and is happy to talk about his trip.


Therapists around the world are taking MDMA as part of their training to use the hallucinogen in sessions for people with PTSD

Illustration: Julien Posture

When the psychologist and psychotherapist Leo Zeff took an experimental dose of MDMA in 1977, he felt a state of euphoria that he knew had the potential to change people’s minds. Already a pioneer in the underground psychedelic therapy movement, Zeff quickly put the drug to use among colleagues, reportedly calling it “penicillin for the soul.” It was revolutionary, he thought, and in a short period of time, it grew a reputation among therapists as a wonder drug. …

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