New study will assess viability of MDMA-assisted therapy to treat eating disorders

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The Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), a non-profit research and educational organization, is sponsoring a new study on the safety, feasibility and preliminary outcomes of MDMA-assisted therapy in treat eating disorders, including anorexia nervosa. Study seeks to answer: What’s the best type of music for psychedelic therapy? Forget taking a pill a day. Canada is using psychedelics to revolutionize the way we treat mental health and addiction Vancouver company completes first legal harvest of psilocybe mushrooms Field Trip Health Ltd., which opened its first Canadian clinic in Toronto last year, will also be participating in the latest MAPS study. Subject to a final site inspection, Field Trip’s Toronto location will be used as the trial site for the anorexia nervosa portion of the study, the company announced in a statement . “Anorexia nervosa is a mental health condition and eating disorder characterized by low weight, food restriction, fear of gaining weight and a strong desire to be thin,” the release states. “Anorexia is also the most deadly mental illness, with a higher mortality (death) rate than any other mental illness, leading to potential cardiac complications, heart, kidney and liver failure, bone loss, anemia and suicide.” Field Trip’s Canadian medical director, Dr. Michael Verbora, will act as the site physician. MAPS-trained therapists will be working out of the Toronto location, providing MDMA-assisted therapy to those suffering from anorexia nervosa, and collecting safety, feasibility and preliminary outcome data. Founded in 1986, MAPS has raised more than $100 million for psychedelic therapy and medical marijuana research and education. MAPS is currently in Phase 3 clinical trials assessing the safety and efficacy of MDMA-assisted therapy for the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). In Phase 2 trials , working with 107 participants who have chronic, treatment-resistant PTSD, 61 per cent no longer qualified for…

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