"I heard about it and I decided to give it a try,” a former Army Ranger tells Military.com. "It’s an extremely positive thing. I feel so lucky that I got to take part in the project… It’s basically like years of therapy in two or three hours. You can’t understand it until you’ve experienced it."
Mithoefer has been conducting the FDA-approved tests with ecstasy, known clinically as MDMA, since 2004. "People are able to connect more deeply on an emotional level with the fact they are safe now," he explained to the Guardian, in the trials’ early days.
For now, though, neither veterans nor active-duty troops will be able to pet those puppies while on ecstasy. The Veterans Administration and the Defense Department have so far been resistant to Mithoefe’s pleas.