MDMA users more empathetic than other drug users, study suggests

University of Exeter scientists compared the empathy levels of 25 people who used multiple drugs including MDMA, 19 people who used multiple drugs not including MDMA and 23 people who used alcohol only.

Users of MDMA reported feeling much more empathy — and were better at identifying the emotions of others on a computer task — than people who took multiple drugs not including MDMA.The other drugs were cannabis, cocaine and ketamine.

MDMA (3,4-Methylenedioxymethamphetamine, also known as ecstasy) is known to increase empathy for a short period, and these findings about longer-term effects could have implications for possible medical uses.

MDMA is a Class A banned drug in the UK and is not currently licensed for any medical use.

Lead author Molly Carlyle, of the University of Exeter, said: “We recruited long-term but mild users (a minimum of ten times), in order to reflect doses that may be used for medical purposes,

“It has been

... read more at: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/02/190208115247.htm

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