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Podcast 380 – “Confessions of an Ecstasy Advocate”

Guest speaker: Lorenzo Hagerty

Lorenzo Hagerty

PROGRAM NOTES:

This relatively short podcast features the audio portion of a film by Tom Huckabee and George Wada in conjunction with “The Starck Project”, a documentary soon to be released. The short film consists primarily of an interview with Lorenzo Hagerty dealing with the introduction of MDMA (Ecstasy) to the street scene in Dallas, Texas during the 1980s.

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Podcast 086 – “MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder”

Guest speaker: Michael Mithoefer

PROGRAM NOTES:

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06:19 Michael tells a little about how his study came about and its current status.

Dr. Michael Mithoefer at Burning Man 200608:27 Michael describes the screening, preparation, and flow of the experience for qualified participants.

11:56 “We were able to go back, retroactively, and offer MDMA to everybody that had gotten [only] the placebo so far.”

14:06 “Everybody who’s gotten MDMA has had a significant improvement, either temporarily or sustained. More than half, the majority of people have had a very dramatic and sustained improvement.”

18:35 “This is a pilot study, and we’re not really looking to prove efficacy. We’re looking to prove we can work safely with these subjects, and it has at least has a strong trend toward being effective.”

22:48 A discussion about the neurotoxicity of MDMA.

23:12 “There is still a question about neurotixicity (or at least decreases in some neuro functions) with heavy recreational use. It looks like there probably is some effect, although that is still controversial. . . . It looks like [using MDMA] less than 50 times there is no effect. It is still not known if there is an effect higher than that.”

28:31 “The question is about how sustainable is the effect. It really looks like, for some people, two sessions is enough to really, significantly heal PTSD.”

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