VIDEO | history of MDMA

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3,4-Methylenedioxymethamphetamine thats MDMA, the drug used illicitly as ecstasy was first created completely by accident in 1912. Its initial foray into the world of medicine was cut short when people started using it recreationally, leading to it being banned as part of the War on Drugs. But doctors continued to campaign to be able to use it in medical research, and recent developments have shown the drugs potential for use in conjunction with psychological counselling to treat post-traumatic stress disorder, trauma and anxiety.

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