The Effects Of Mdma And Its Effects On The World

1213 Words Nov 23rd, 2014 5 Pages
3, 4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA), better known by its street names “Ecstasy,” “Molly,” “E,” or “X,” is one of the most well-known and popular drugs in the world. MDMA is classified as a psychedelic amphetamine, or phenethylamine, that has gained popularity over the last 20 years because of its ability to produce strong feelings of comfort, empathy, and connection to others (Erowid MDMA Vault). Typical effects after ingestion include euphoria, heightened senses, relaxation, and diminished anxiety. MDMA is known for being a party drug due to its increased use at raves, clubs, concerts, and similar locations. A standard oral dose of MDMA is between 80-150 milligrams (Erowid MDMA Vault). The drug usually comes in tablets, capsules, powder, or pills. MDMA was first synthesized in the 1890s, and later patented by Merck Pharmaceuticals on December 24, 1912, but it was not until the mid-1970s that articles related to its psychoactivity began to show up in scholarly journals (Erowid MDMA Vault). As with all other drugs in the United States, there was a time when MDMA was legal and widely available. A drug becomes illegal when it gains significant popularity, although for bad reasons, and is generally perceived to be entirely harmful by scientific researchers. In the late 1970s to the early 1980s, MDMA was used a psychotherapeutic tool, but was ultimately banned due to its growing popularity in 1985, although its recreational use continues to rise today (Erowid MDMA Vault).…
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