Contents page MDMA therapy
Properties of MDMA
MDMA, which can be taken during MDMA therapy, is seen as a hallucinogen, although it cannot easily cause hallucinations. The chemical name MDMA stands for 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine, an organic compound with the chemical formula C₁₁H₁₅NO₂. MDMA is sometimes confused with XTC (ecstasy) because it also contains MDMA in addition to a substance such as speed. Only pure MDMA or similar substances (analogs) are used for therapeutic purposes.
Low self esteem
MDMA as therapy
Due to the release of serotonin and dopamine in particular, many receptors are stimulated more than usual after taking MDMA. Because of this change, there will be some changes in stimulus conduction in the brain, causing a number of effects that we can use to our advantage during a therapeutic session.
Feelings of happiness, euphoria and satisfaction are relatively common when using MDMA. If you start talking about your trauma or the triggers of your PTSD during this phase of satisfaction, the brain stores it in a different way. It might be a bit crazy for the brain. You feel satisfied and safe while talking about your trauma. You can also be gently exposed to your anxiety triggers while you are in that safe state. The brain will eventually connect the triggers with the positive state you find yourself in. Exposure therapy works very well under the influence of MDMA because the triggers no longer immediately result in an anxious state.
With less sense of self, things seem more connected because you are less likely to have to distinguish between yourself and the world around you. If you look at yourself with less self-awareness, it sometimes seems as if it is about someone other than yourself. From these thoughts it is often easier to talk honestly about yourself without an emotional blockage. It therefore ensures openness and that can have a great advantage for processing the past, but also for conversation therapy, self-examination and personal growth.
Releasing trauma sometimes also includes forgiveness of the perpetrator and victim. The victim must forgive themselves for the situation they were in and this also requires empathy for yourself. Forgiving the perpetrator can also help with the process. The greater empathy for the perpetrator without the self-protection of the ego often makes forgiveness an easier process.
When using most psychedelics, the brain works in a different way than you are used to. New insights and connections can be discovered. Of course, it is impossible to predict in advance how this will turn out. An additional advantage of these types of sessions is that curiosity is rewarded and that people often remain curious about themselves, others and the world long after the session.
Scientific research into MDMA therapy
The use of MDMA as an aid during therapy is not new. In the middle of the last century, many experiments were conducted with psychedelics such as LSD, psilocybin and MDMA to see whether these substances could help with certain psychological disorders. Unfortunately, these studies have been halted by new laws. Since the beginning of this century, research has slowly started again and in MDMA research is mainly focused on trauma and PTSD. These studies are all completed very positively with often high success rates.
MDMA therapy is not for everyone
MDMA and substances similar to MDMA are not suitable for everyone. Combining certain medications and MDMA can be particularly dangerous to your health. Certain conditions can also be worsened by the use of psychedelics, including MDMA. MDMA cannot be combined with the following items.
Contraindications to medication
Legal MDMA therapy
In the Netherlands, MDMA is an illegal substance. We therefore work with a substance that is closely related to MDMA, the so-called MDMA analogue. In chemistry, analog means a substance that is chemically related in such a way that the structure of the molecule is the same with subtle differences. This is also the case with the MDMA analogue. The structure is almost the same and the minimal difference ensures that it is legal, provides less energy than MDMA and produces more positive and empathetic feelings. For most people, the well-known Tuesday dip that often occurs with MDMA use is less noticeable in the days after the session. In our opinion, these differences make it even more suitable for MDMA sessions. An advantage and disadvantage of the MDMA analogue is that the effects last a little longer.
|Duration of operation||4-6 hours||5-7 hours|
|Emotional||Stronger emotions (all), Empathy, Ecstasy, more social||Stronger emotions (all), More empathy and euphoria than with MDMA, more social|
|Visual||Very small chance of hallucinations||Slightly more visual effects (color, geometry)|
|Memory||Better memory||Better memory|
|Music||Stronger experience/appreciation||Stronger experience/appreciation|
MDMA analog information page
For more information about the MDMA analog, the legal status of this drug, the risks, break time between sessions and how the body metabolizes MDMA, please refer to the information page below.
Sign up for an MDMA session
Before a session can be booked, it is required to complete the intake in advance. Based on this intake, we can assess whether you can book a session with us due to your safety and health. In addition, we can also indicate what type of session and dosage is suitable. In addition to the intake, you will receive personal advice regarding optimal preparation for the upcoming session, including advice on nutrition and lifestyle.
Which supervisor do you choose?
The supervisors you can choose for MDMA sessions, the maximum travel distance for the sessions at the customer's location and at which locations our supervisors work can be found via the overview below. Read more about our supervisors via the personal pages.
Reserve an MDMA session
Reserve an MDMA session at a location of your choice. Would you like more information about our locations? Then click on one of the images to open the location page. After booking and completing the deposit you will receive further advice on how to get the most out of the MDMA session with us.