Two researchers at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology propose that ecstasy, also known as MDMA, could be a valuable tool in therapy to treat post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD.
According to the article on EurekaAlert, Pål-Ørjan Johansen and Teri Krebs think that the recreational drug could be valuable for several reasons, including its ability to produce an oxytocin response.
Psychiatrists are testing oxytocin inhalants to produce similar results. Oxytocin and/or ecstasy/MDMA might also be helpful for social anxiety disorder.
Actually, I covered this story back in February. Please see the earlier blog entry on oxytocin and PTSD.