The drug revolution that no one can stop
Designing your own narcotics online isn’t just easy—it can be legal too. How do we know? We did it.
Lately, it seems like everyone's talking about Molly: MDMA rebranded for a new generation of gyrators. However, Molly is much safer than Ecstasy, the electronic dance music scene's prior party favor, because it's pure. Right? [more inside]
"Twelve years ago, Portugal eliminated criminal penalties for drug users. Since then, those caught with small amounts of marijuana, cocaine or heroin go unindicted and possession is a misdemeanor on par with illegal parking. Experts are pleased with the results
." [more inside]
Ecstasy found to help veterans with PTSD
"In a paper posted online Tuesday by the Journal of Psychopharmacology, Michael and Ann Mithoefer, the husband-and-wife team offering the treatment — which combines psychotherapy with a dose of MDMA — write that they found 15 of 21 people who recovered from severe post-traumatic stress in the therapy in the early 2000s reported minor to virtually no symptoms today. Many said they have received other kinds of therapy since then, but not with MDMA... And news that the Mithoefers are beginning to test the drug in veterans is out, in the military press and on veterans’ blogs. 'We’ve had more than 250 vets call us,' Dr. Mithoefer said. 'There’s a long waiting list, we wish we could enroll them all.'"
[1h30m] is a documentary
[1m30s]) about Alexander Shulgin
, his life, his family, the drugs he has developed, the people he has affected, the boundaries of experience he has explored, the effects he has had on society, and the understanding of the mind and the psychedelic experience which have resulted from his experiments and chemical creations.
Fed up with drugs
, a comic about the dark side of chemical salvation. By Charles Saucisse
Can a Single Pill Change Your Life?
Oprah Magazine examines recent studies on the use of MDMA (the main ingredient in Ecstasy) to combat Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
In a pilot Phase II study
of PTSD sufferers with a median of 19 years since diagnosis, MDMA-assisted therapy resulted in 10 out of 12 patients no longer meeting the diagnostic criteria. [more inside]
Ecstasy's long-term effects revealed.
"Enough time has finally elapsed to start asking if ecstasy damages health in the long term. According to the biggest review ever undertaken
, it causes slight memory difficulties and mild depression, but these rarely translate into problems in the real world. While smaller studies show that some individuals have bigger problems, including weakened immunity and larger memory deficits, so far, for most people, ecstasy seems to be nowhere near as harmful over time as you may have been led to believe." [Via]
The Economist on Drugs
-- Scientists in North America, Europe and Israel are studying the use of MDMA, LSD, hallucinogenic mushrooms, marijuana and other banned psychoactive substances in treating conditions such as anxiety, cluster headaches, addiction and obsessive-compulsive disorder. They are supported by private funds from a handful of organisations: the Beckley Foundation
in Britain; the Heffter Research Institute
and the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies
(MAPS) in America. [related]
The Peace Drug
The Washington Post Magazine takes a look at MDMA as a cure for PTSD.
Can safe, sustainable analogues of MDMA (link to 1914 German patent)
be developed? There is an urgent need for non-neurotoxic empathogens and entactogens suitable for lifelong use. Alas no single "magic bullet" yet exists that replicates the subjective effects of MDMA on a long-term basis. Hence most of us are doomed to display the quasi-psychopathic indifference to each other characteristic of the MDMA-naïve state.
I told you Ecstasy was good for you.
"The study of Ecstasy for the terminally ill will involve 12 cancer patients who have less than a year to live. They'll receive varying doses during two strictly supervised therapeutic sessions. The drug, once hailed as 'penicillin for the soul
,' is a chemical cousin to amphetamines that reportedly induces feelings of profound empathy. It will be combined with traditional psychotherapy, and, [Dr.] Halpern
hopes, 'enable them to open up in therapy so they can talk about challenging issues and resolve their grief.'" (reg rq'd)
(NYT) A peek inside Sasha Shulgin's infamous lab.
- Phenethylamines I Have Known
And Loved: A Chemical Love Story, by Alexander and Ann Shulgin, is the online version of the book of the same name.
It contains personal accounts by the Shulgins detailing the chemical procedures used in the synthesis, and lengthy qualitative reports regarding the subsequent ingestion, of 179 different
types of Phenethylamines
, the family of chemicals that
- the active ingredient in
Peyote, and MDMA
- better known as
ecstasy. See also the sequel TiHKAL
Tryptamines I Have Known And Loved:
The Chemistry Continues, again by the Shulgins, whose highlights include DMT
A study to see if MDMA can help people suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder
is finally set to begin. Coordinated and funded by the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies
, the study was originally approved in 2001 (and discussed here
.) Another study has identified a protein in mice which is the key to the overheating associated with ecstasy
, and may lead to a treatment for people. Hopefully this research was more sound than the recent study in which the test monkeys were given the wrong drug
A widely-reported study that showed recreational use of MDMA to cause Parkinson's diesase was found to be botched and has now been retracted
. The results were not skewed, the margin of error wasn't miscalculated--the primates were given the wrong drug
The Spiders, Part 3.5 (al Djinn),
the latest installment in Patrick Farley's
alternate history of the Afghan/U.S. conflict
, is live. If you encounter a "Temporarily Unavailable" error, try the mirror server
. There were previous threads on Part 1
and Part 2
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's MDMA
Police uncover ecstasy ring in UK targeting children by stamping the image of Harry Potter on the pills. Wonder if Rowling will work X into the next story line? Don't know whether to laugh or cry.
If you still go to raves, think twice
before popping that pill this weekend. A new study by JHU suggests that the long-term effects of esctasy could lead to conditions similar to Parkinson's. [related: Erowid's MDMA vault
DEA leaked report on Israeli spy ring
Leaked report with blacked out names and no title etc? Note that the spies, if such they are, were gathering info dealing with drug enforcement and not with American military. Is this good? No Bad? yes. But seemingly not bad enough to anything other than shipping them out. Israeli mb big on Ecstasy and DEA well aware of this (If I am, why wouldn't they?). pdf file
Man, do I need therapy or what?
Article at wired about the legalization of MDMA for theraputic use in as soon as 5 years. It's defined theraputic effect is "empathy". Discuss.
Lions and spaceships and talking trees, oh my!
For those of us who sneer at MDMA, a more expansive list of chemicals. Am I the only one here who admits to using some of this stuff?
What's your view? Time
has an interesting article on the drug...