Monday, June 17, 2024

Robert Kennedy Jr. Is Sorry the FDA Didn’t Approve Psychedelic Drug MDMA (Ecstasy or Molly) for PTSD


What is our potential next president worried about?

Robert Kennedy Jr — just kidding– never to be president, is lamenting the FDA rejection yesterday of psychedelic drugs to cure PTSD.

The FDA did reject MDMA, or Ecstasy, or Molly, because it isn’t safe, they say. For one thing, it only works under the treatment of a therapist. If there’s no therapy, MDMA is just for kicks.

According to NPR, the FDA wrote that “the available evidence fails to show that the drug is effective or that its benefits outweigh its risks.”

After the FDA decision, Kennedy wrote: “MDMA treatment for PTSD and other mental illnesses has a big drawback — a single treatment is effective. That means small profit potential compared to lifetime treatment with conventional pharmaceuticals. Maybe that’s why an FDA advisory committee shot it down. One of the committee members actually works for Johnson & Johnson.

“When I’m President the FDA will serve the public, not industry. Then we can start getting to the root of this nation’s mental health crisis.”

The DEA says: “MDMA mainly affects brain cells that use
the chemical serotonin to communicate with each other. Serotonin helps to regulate mood, aggression, sexual activity, sleep, and sensitivity to pain. Clinical studies suggest that MDMA may increase the risk of long-term, perhaps permanent, problems with memory and learning. MDMA causes changes in perception, including euphoria and increased sensitivity to touch energy, sensual and sexual arousal, need to betouched, and need for stimulation.”

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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