Why Using MDMA in Therapy is a Bad Idea

mdmaAccording to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), MDMA is a synthetic, psychoactive (affects the mind) drug with similarities to both the hallucinogen mescaline, and the stimulant amphetamine. Commonly known as Ecstasy or E, and more recently, Molly, MDMA users report the drug produces feelings of euphoria, increased energy, distortions in time and sensory perception, and feelings of emotional warmth and empathy towards other people. Continue reading

How Strengthening Ecstasy Has Affected Drug Addiction

ecstasyMDMA (often better known under the brand name of Ecstasy) was first developed in 1912 by the Merck pharmaceutical company with the intention of using it to help synthesize other pharmaceuticals. In 1953 it was used in psychological warfare tests by the United States Army and then in the 1960s it emerged as a psychotherapy medication that was useful in lowering inhibitions. In the 1970s it became popular as a party drug, and by the early 1980s it was the “in drug” used to help individuals lower their inhibitions and achieve happiness at parties. It was legal through 1984, when it was sold under the new brand name of “Ecstasy”, but in 1985 it was banned across the nation due to safety concerns. Continue reading

Will MDMA Legalization for Patients Lead to More Recreational Use?

mdmaThere has been an interesting recent trend among drug researchers as the traditional avenues of discovering new drugs seem to be running dry: scientists are turning to new and different avenues to look for new and better drugs.   Some of the recent developments have been found by accident, like a really cool antibiotic recently found by a scientist who was simply trying to make a stubbornly soil-based bacteria grow in his sterilized petri dish.   He ended up with a new antibiotic to research—one which bacteria may not be able to mutate to fight against. Another team of scientists have devised a new kind of antibiotic which, instead of killing from the inside, attacks the outer cell membranes of bacteria until they disintegrate. Continue reading

A Look at the Connection of EDM and Ecstasy Use

edmEDM stands for Electric Dance Music. Electronic influences began creeping into pop music in the 60s and 70s, when synthesizers and other new technology became available to create sounds which had not been previously possible. However, it really boomed in the 1980s when several new musical genres were created based on repetitive rhythms and computerized melodies. Electro, House and Techno were all sub-genres of the EDM movement which began in the 80s. Continue reading

How Ireland Made the Mistake of Legalizing Ecstasy

ecstasyFrom March 10th until midnight on March 11th of this year, several hard drugs (including ecstasy, ketamine and crystal meth) were accidentally made legal within Ireland.   The situation was created when Ireland’s Court of Appeals attempted to solve another legal problem that has been stewing for a few decades now.   Continue reading

Ecstasy Known to Send People to the Hospital

hospitalEcstasy, a party drug known for several decades now as appropriate for dance parties, night clubs or raves, has been making a resurgence recently. A version of ecstasy called “Molly” has been increasingly available in recent years, causing hospitalizations with distressing regularity. For instance, in late February of this year at Wesleyan University in Connecticut, eleven people (ten students and one guest) were hospitalized due to complications after using the drug. This is a common type of incident, as Molly has risks even beyond what ecstasy is known for. Continue reading

When Ecstasy Use Peaked and the State Now

ecstasyEcstasy is a “party drug” which makes the user feel happy and warm, with decreased anxiety, the feeling of mental stimulation, and an increased intensity of sensory experience. Of course it comes with many ill effects as well, such as tooth grinding, muscle cramps, nausea, chills, sweating, and more. However, that’s not what its users are thinking about when they take a dose. The side effects are not why ecstasy rose to popularity as a drug to be taken in nightclubs and at raves. Continue reading

Should the Government Fund Ecstasy Studies to Find Viable Medical Uses?

doctorScientific research on psychedelic therapy is on the radar, with psychedelics like LSD, MDMA (the main ingredient for Ecstasy) and even “magic mushrooms” in the curious hands of a determined group of researchers over the past few years. This project is in the pending process, dedicated to trying to get government funding for hopes of rising up to FDA approval status. This has yet to happen, and for good reasons. Continue reading

NEW DEADLY “UPS” SHAPED ECSTASY BEING DISTRIBUTED

drug dealIn Glasgow, Scotland, a deadly, incredibly strong form of ecstasy pills has been distributed, resulting in at least six hospitalizations in the course of a weekend. Luckily, these six club goers caught on to the danger before it was too late, and none died. However, the danger from these new pills is still all too real. These new pills are ten times stronger than normal ecstasy, a mustardy yellow, and shaped and imprinted with the form of the UPS logo. These pills are now also being spotted in cities in Ireland, and are expected to soon show up along distribution routes all over Europe and the United States. Continue reading

THE DANGER OF ALCOHOL AND ECSTASY COCKTAILS

alcoholEcstasy is illegal but readily available at urban clubs. It is known especially as a party drug because it increases the intensity of sensory experiences. This makes it popular with the music and lights of nightclubs. It may seem harmless to take ecstasy when ‘everybody’ around is trying it and seems to be having a great time. Continue reading