MDMA, found in Ecstasy, may treat social anxiety in adults with autism

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Scientists are in the process of testing whether or not MDMA, the active ingredient in Ecstasy, could help treat social anxiety in adults with autism, the New York Daily News reports.

They want to see if MDMA can reduce the fear of interacting with people in social situations.

Researchers say MDMA can increase confidence and increase bonding and understanding of social cues. All of these could potentially lower anxiety in social situations.

Co-investigator Alicia Danforth says these studies are not meant to find a cure for autism.

Researchers say MDMA is safer to use than Ecstasy or Molly because it is the purest form of the drug.

The original study began over a year ago, but recently went viral. Researchers are currently still recruiting participants who meet very specific criteria.

MDMA has been shown to help people in previous studies, including those suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

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