The Bitcoin and Psychedelic Communities are Teaming up
Recently, MDMA was labeled as having a “breakthrough” status by the FDA. It was also was approved for phase two trials of PTSD treatment. Now that trials have concluded in the US, Canada, Israel, and Switzerland, the program is awaiting funding for phase 3. The people behind the study are MAPS (Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies.) Maps made this statement upon phase two conclusion.
“After a comprehensive therapeutic process involving preparatory sessions, MDMA-assisted therapy sessions, and non-drug therapy sessions, 61% no longer met the criteria for PTSD. This improved to 68% after a year… This is compared to only 25% for the placebo group, who received all the therapy, but with a sugar pill instead of MDMA.”
So what does this have to do with Bitcoin?
In December, a mystery benefactor started the philanthropic website Pineapple Fund. The ultimate goal to donate $86 million in crypto-currency. So far, the Pineapple Fund has worked with over 30 charities. After creating the site, the fund offered to match up to $4 million in donations for MDMA research. The matching grant will be open for donation until March 10th, 2018. Donations can be made by following this link! MAPS
If you are still skeptical about the use of banned substances in scientific research, perhaps this will change your perspective. The following quote is from retired  Brigadier Army General.
[pullquote align=”right”]“We’re in this odd situation where one of the most promising therapies also happens to be a Schedule 1 substance banned by the [Drug Enforcement Administration],”[/pullquote]
Now that legal marijuana is becoming more excepted nationwide, we have paved the way for more taboo substances to be looked at for medical use. Mental health research has an ignorant past but is slowly reaching new progressive heights. With more communities joining forces and pulling together resources, we can tackle the long-debated mental health divide.
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