Recreational use of MDMA, also known as ecstasy, is forbidden in Israel where the drug is considered dangerous. But a trial treatment may soon change that. MDMA, popularly known as ecstasy, is a drug more commonly associated with raves and nightclubs than a therapist’s office.
Emerging research has shown promising results in using this “party drug” to treat patients suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, and Israel’s Health Ministry has just approved the use of MDMA to treat dozens of patients.
MDMA is classified in Israel as a “dangerous drug”, recreational use is illegal, and therapeutic use of MDMA has yet to be formally approved and is still in clinical trials.
However, this treatment is deemed as “compassionate use,” which allows drugs that are still in development to be made available to patients outside of a clinical trial due to the lack of effective alternatives.