Ecstasy can help victims of post traumatic stress overcome their demons, research has shown.
In tests, the illegal dance drug had a dramatic effect on previously untreatable patients who had suffered post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) for more than 19 years.
Doctors in the US held two eight-hour psychotherapy sessions for the patients during which they administered the ecstasy chemical MDMA.
Two months later, 80% of those treated no longer had symptoms that met the medical definition of PTSD.
Ten of the 12 patients given ecstasy responded to the treatment, said the researchers. which was carried out in Santa Cruz, California.