The reason researchers hope MDMA will be effective is because it acts on the serotonergic and dopamine systems.
‘What’s unique to MDMA is the oxytocin system’ explains Brewerton.
‘This has to do with social bonding and pro-social feelings and can enhance therapeutic alliance’.
During a psychotherapy session – MDMA generally makes patients feel more comfortable to talk about things they wouldn’t usually under normal circumstances.
It helps people open up to therapists without being pushed.