Vancouver is one of 16 locations in the United States, Canada and Israel where clinicians hope to demonstrate that a drug historically associated with gurus and raves can revolutionize psychotherapy and trauma treatment.
The B.C. Centre on Substance Use will conduct the Vancouver trials as part of a larger research project overseen by the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies, or MAPS, a nonprofit pharmaceutical company based in California. Talks are also underway for a Montreal facility to participate.
„We hope to prove that MDMA-assisted psychotherapy is the most effective treatment for PTSD that exists on the planet,“ said Mark Haden, a public health professor at the University of British Columbia. Haden founded the Canadian wing of MAPS and helped organize stage two of the organization’s research trials in Vancouver.