MDMA dampens the encoding and retrieval of emotional memories, study finds

MDMA appears to have a stronger effect on emotional memories than non-emotional memories, according to new research. The finding may explain why the drug has beneficial effects for people suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and similar psychiatric conditions.

MDMA, more commonly known as the illegal club drug ecstasy or molly, promotes strong feelings of empathy in users. Preliminary research has found that MDMA-assisted psychotherapy reduces symptoms in people with treatment-resistant PTSD.