The Secret War Over Ecstasy

Oliver Hockenhull writes on h+ magazine:

Ecstacy Pill PsychedelicA documentary maker reveals the startling history of Ecstasy. In the 1960s some psychotherapists were treating alcoholism and neurosis with LSD — and in 1957 a Catholic church monsignor in Vancouver even wrote a prayer for LSD trips. (“We humbly ask our Heavenly Mother the Virgin, help of all who call upon her to know and understand the true qualities of these psychedelics…”) But after LSD was made illegal, psychiatrists struggled to keep MDMA (Ecstasy) from suffering the same fate for the next two decades…

MDMA was promoted in the 1970s by a senior research scientist at Dow Chemicals, but in 1985 it was still declared a Schedule One drug — illegal with no medical use — though it’s been shown to dramatically enhance psychotherapy, especially for post-traumatic stress disorder. It’s even considered safe — one professor wrote in the Journal of Psychopharmacology that “There is not much difference between the dangers of horse-riding and the dangers of ecstasy.”

And according to the United Nations, the world already consumes 125 tons of Ecstasy each year…

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4 Comments on "The Secret War Over Ecstasy"

  1. I recommend the book, “Ecstasy: The MDMA Story” by Bruce Eisner (from Ronin Publishing), to learn more on this topic.

    He goes into a lot of the history of the drug, and how it became a Schedule I drug (it's a ridiculous story of rampant egos and political hackery).

    I was most struck by some of the personal stories told by doctors and patients who used the drug in a therapeutic setting prior to it's being made illegal. They had quite a bit of success with helping Vietnam vets who were suffering from Shell Shock (PTSD). Gee I wonder how that might come in handy now, since over a million men and women have recently served 4 and 5 tours in the FUBAR mess that is Iraq & Afghanistan.

    Considering that it's non-addictive (the more you use it, the LESS effective it becomes), and that it might help relieve some of these soldier's worst symptoms, I have a very utilitarian attitude about it. The partying thing is quite nice I'm sure but I think it's much more important to consider how it might help our servicemembers, not to mention other trauma victims. I say if it works, they deserve that we at least TRY to explore its effectiveness.

    It certainly has less harmful side effects than half the legal prescription boner pills or “restless leg” medications out there — not to mention all the other medications the drug industry advertises that seem to have worse potential side effects than whatever the hell you're trying to medicate.

  2. Earbudcontender | Aug 19, 2010 at 8:54 pm |

    Most of the dangers come from the drug deal it self. God this stuff is hard to get around here. sigh…

  3. Earbudcontender | Aug 19, 2010 at 3:54 pm |

    Most of the dangers come from the drug deal it self. God this stuff is hard to get around here. sigh…

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