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Understanding MDMA

Rachel Nuwer

Few drugs in history have generated as much controversy as MDMA - or held as much promise, according to some. Once vilified as a Schedule I substance that would supposedly eat holes in users’ brains, MDMA (also known as Molly or Ecstasy) is now being hailed as a therapeutic agent that could transform the field of mental health and outpace psilocybin and ketamine as the first psychedelic approved for widespread clinical use.

Award-winning science journalist Rachel Nuwer separates fact from fantasy, hope from hype, in the drug’s contested history and still-evolving future. Hear more as Nuwer explains the cultural and scientific upheaval that is rewriting our understanding of our brains, our selves, and the space between.

Speaker: Rachel Nuwer, Science Journalist; Danielle Venton, KQED Public Media

Thursday, 06/15/23


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