MDMA therapy in the Netherlands against PTSD
Due to the news that MDMA works well during treatment against PTSD, which means post traumatic stress syndrome, we receive many requests to use MDMA as a psychedelic during therapy. What most news reports forget to mention is that MDMA has a number of disadvantages compared to psilocybin treatment.
How does MDMA work?
Half an hour after ingestion, MDMA causes a temporarily significantly increased release of serotonin and blocks the reuptake and production of new serotonin. In addition, MDMA blocks the reuptake of the neurotransmitters norepinephrine and dopamine. The peak of this effect is reached after 1.5 hours. The effect gradually decreases and after 6 hours the effect of MDMA is gone. The serotonin stores in the neurons are then depleted and the concentration in the brain decreases. In addition, receptors for signaling substances withdraw into the cell, making them less sensitive.
The benefits of MDMA therapy
The advantage of MDMA during therapy is that due to the increased activity of serotonin, depressive feelings and fears are pushed into the background. When dealing with PTSD without the overwhelming fear it can produce, it is better to think in terms of solutions rather than problems. This can benefit processing the past. MDMA therapy is often combined with exposure therapy to help the brain make new connections to what was previously a trigger for anxiety.
The disadvantages of MDMA therapy
At MDMA therapy In addition to the advantages, there are also disadvantages. The dip in the serotonin supply is due to serotonin depletion and because the serotonin receptors are less easy to stimulate. This causes depressive feelings, the return of anxiety and thus the PTSD symptoms. Furthermore, MDMA is illegal and we rarely encounter pure MDMA because it is often mixed with other substances that resemble it. High doses of MDMA can cause dehydration, kidney failure, liver damage and brain damage.
The best alternative to MDMA therapy
From our experiences and looking at the biochemical reactions we can tell you that MDMA is not the best psychedelic to treat PTSD. Psilocybin has the benefits that MDMA offers, namely increasing the activity of the serotonin receptor 5HT2a. Psilocybin can stimulate the 5HT2a receptor much more than MDMA because psilocybin does not deplete the body's own supply of serotonin but acts as an extra presence. The receptors also do not retract, so no dip occurs. Another advantage is that dopamine does not play a role in psilocybin, but it does in MDMA. While serotonin provides a feeling of togetherness, dopamine will make you feel more like an individual. Partly due to this fact and the fact that you can achieve a much higher stimulation of the 5HT2a receptor with psilocybin, it is easier to create an ego death with psilocybin and this is almost impossible with MDMA therapy. An ego death can mean a lot in processing trauma, resolving anxiety and combating depression.
Read more about the here “ego death” as a treatment
Read more about the here effect of psilocybin therapy
More than just therapy with psychedelics
We do more than just supervise psychedelic therapy. Before the trip, we make a plan to physically prepare someone for the trip through nutrition, supplements and exercise. The aim of this is to ensure that our customers see that taking good care of yourself is rewarded. This insight only becomes really clear during the trip because the trip works better because, for example, the receptors have been made more sensitive and because during that trip everything suddenly "lands". During the preparation we sometimes also give some assignments, the meaning of which only becomes clear during the trip.
What a trip therapy process looks like
We believe that a healthy body provides a healthy basis for being psychologically healthy. We do everything we can to address all facets of life and that is why we also advise our customers on nutrition, exercise and supplements. The complete approach for body and mind ensures the best results in the short and long term. Typically, we use a schedule that looks like this for most customers:
- Report, neurotransmitter test and intake
- Advice about nutrition, exercise and supplements based on point 1
- Review a period of 2-3 weeks of progress from point 2
- An individual psychedelic ceremony (unless a group has additional use or preference)
- Discussion of the truffle ceremony on the same day
- After about 1-2 weeks there will be another discussion
Extras during ceremony
Our psychedelic therapy through a truffle ceremony includes the following extras to make the experience even better:
- Individual guidance truffle ceremony
- Aromatherapy (during trip)
- Color therapy (during trip)
- Musical support
Possibilities of trip therapy
The biggest advantage of a trip therapy session is that through introspection (looking within yourself) we can guide you to change your self-image. Many addictions, fears, stress, depression and other personal problems arise from a (negative) incorrect self-image, from non-real thoughts or from subconscious stress, which arise from fears in the subconscious. If you give yourself the best based on nutrition, thought and exercise, this will have a positive effect during and after the trip because these lifestyle changes are considered logical during the trip. Be good to your body and mind and they will be good to you. You are worthy of being the best version of yourself.
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What others say about trip therapy
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Are you curious about what we can do for you?
Before you register with us, it is best to learn as much as possible about trip therapy. Trip therapy works best when someone is ready for it. Of course, we are ready to help you if you are ready to make your life more pleasant and healthier through physical health and psychedelic therapy. You can expect the best personal service available from us.
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