O Magazine Touts The Wonders Of Ecstasy

468019_0b823646bfThe Oprah Magazine comes out in favor of MDMA as a therapeutic wonder drug, attempting to dispel hysterical, ‘rave’-related media cliches (propagated by Oprah herself, among others) along the way. Writer Jessica Winter tried MDMA for the first time for the sake of the article, and describes the enormous personal benefit she gained in the weeks after:

To a layperson, the notion of using a drug like Ecstasy as a therapeutic tool for healing trauma might make as much sense as adding cocaine to a diabetic’s weight loss regimen. Ecstasy was the signature stimulant fueling a worldwide party culture in the 1980s and ’90s, epitomized by massive all-night dance “raves” crammed with blissed-out revelers and pulsating with electronic music at festivals and exurban warehouses across North America and Europe.

Yet MDMA’s beginnings were innocent, even banal. In 1912 it was included as an intermediate chemical in a patent that the German pharmaceutical company Merck filed for an antibleeding medication. Then it all but vanished from sight until 1976, when the psychedelic researcher and former Dow chemist Alexander Shulgin—acting on a tip from a female student he has never named—synthesized MDMA in his lab and, as was his M.O., tested it on himself. “I feel absolutely clean inside, and there is nothing but pure euphoria,” Shulgin wrote after his first MDMA trip.

Supporters of legalized MDMA therapy believe it can be applied in couples counseling and in treatment for depression, body-image disorders, chronic pain management, and end-of-life anxiety. But many advocates think its best chance at mainstream acceptance is as a tool for people with PTSD. Later this year, Michael Mithoefer, MD, a psychiatrist in Charleston, South Carolina, will publish the long-term follow-up results of the small pilot study that Sarah first heard about six years ago. The outcome: Seventeen of 20 subjects no longer met the diagnostic criteria for PTSD after just two or three sessions of MDMA-aided therapy led by Mithoefer and his wife, Ann, a psychiatric nurse.

After MDMA was placed on Schedule I in 1985, illicit use of Ecstasy skyrocketed and the drug’s reputation grew ever more demonic. On a 2000 MTV special, nuclear radiologist Dominick Conca, MD, presented a cautionary brain scan showing what looked like actual holes in the gray matter of a heavy Ecstasy user, Lynn Smith; the following year, Smith and her scan appeared on an episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show. But although the high-contrast image seemed to be proof positive of MDMA’s powers to turn young minds into Swiss cheese, it in fact merely depicted variations in cerebral blood flow.

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  • DeepCough

    Well, it’s nice to know that Oprah is giving her audience to something to drop that will make them slightly less braindead than watching her show, which is to finally be cancelled.

    • Payrollpinky

      Finally

    • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

      but isnt oprah getting her own tv channel now? somehow i think thats worse

      • Lunchbox

        Yeah, the one number talk show doesn’t get “canceled,” it gets moved to its own network (which isn’t doing well, but that’s not the one show’s fault).

  • DeepCough

    Well, it’s nice to know that Oprah is giving her audience to something to drop that will make them slightly less braindead than watching her show, which is to finally be cancelled.

  • Payrollpinky

    Finally

  • ananomus

    “massive all-night dance “raves” crammed with blissed-out revelers and pulsating with electronic music at festivals and exurban warehouses across North America and Euro”

    This is why the human beings who want to take drugs will always win, and the human beings that don’t want them to will always fail.

  • ananomus

    “massive all-night dance “raves” crammed with blissed-out revelers and pulsating with electronic music at festivals and exurban warehouses across North America and Euro”

    This is why the human beings who want to take drugs will always win, and the human beings that don’t want them to will always fail.

  • http://www.ContraControl.com/ Zenc

    “O” magazine is something other than “The Oprah Magazine” to me, and always will be.

    The way she stole the name is a case study on how the rich simply take what they want and get the courts to back them up.

  • http://www.ContraControl.com/ Zenc

    “O” magazine is something other than “The Oprah Magazine” to me, and always will be.

    The way she stole name is a case study on how the rich simply take what they want and get the courts to back them up.

  • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

    but isnt oprah getting her own tv channel now? somehow i think thats worse

  • WhiteRose

    I thought it caused brain damage… everyone I know who has done it is whack and going on a sex binge is probably bad for your brain too…

  • WhiteRose

    I thought it caused brain damage… everyone I know who has done it is whack and going on a sex binge is probably bad for your brain too…

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    This kind of positive press is actually worse than negative press. Its like being singled out as inspirational by Charles Manson. Knowing that Oprah magazine has spoken well of it makes me cringe inside with horror and vague shame.

    The only people I ever knew who screwed up on X were the garbage heads who screwed up on everything else no matter what they did. Everyone who dropped and just enjoyed once in awhile…used it, enjoyed it, and left it behind without breaking a sweat…which is better than I can say for most of the other shit my friends and I did.

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    This kind of positive press is actually worse than negative press. Its like being singled out as inspirational by Charles Manson. Knowing that Oprah magazine has spoken well of it makes me cringe inside with horror and vague shame.

    The only people I ever knew who screwed up on X were the garbage heads who screwed up on everything else no matter what they did. Everyone who dropped and just enjoyed once in awhile…used it, enjoyed it, and left it behind without breaking a sweat…which is better than I can say for most of the other shit my friends and I did.

  • http://www.nickmeador.org/ ndmeador

    This is straight out of “1984.” Her subjects will be expected to act like this was always Oprah’s position on MDMA. Altering history! I guess it’s better that she’s not demonizing it though.

  • http://www.nickmeador.org/ ndmeador

    This is straight out of “1984.” Her subjects will be expected to act like this was always Oprah’s position on MDMA. Altering history! I guess it’s better that she’s not demonizing it though.

  • TagoMago
  • TagoMago

    Nothing would make me happier than seeing pure MDMA legalized and mass-produced. It is extremely challenging to find quality ecstasy nowadays and you never really know what it has been cut with, while it is all but impossible to find pure MDMA (aka: capsules, mollies, etc)

    I have been rolling for the past ten years and have yet to see any significant negative side effects. Short-term issues can include dehydration (which means you just need to drink more water) and skin break-outs (depending on what it has been cut with) but the positive effects far outweigh these insignificant concerns…

    Everything in moderation and if O wants to admit that she was wrong and throw her significant cultural weight in the direction of legalization, then I am all for it :)

    Perhaps we will finally have our state-sanctioned Soma, after all…three cheers!!!

  • TagoMago

    Nothing would make me happier than seeing pure MDMA legalized and mass-produced. It is extremely challenging to find quality ecstasy nowadays and you never really know what it has been cut with, while it is all but impossible to find pure MDMA (aka: capsules, mollies, etc)

    I have been rolling for the past ten years and have yet to see any significant negative side effects. Short-term issues can include dehydration (which means you just need to drink more water) and skin break-outs (depending on what it has been cut with) but the positive effects far outweigh these insignificant concerns…

    Everything in moderation and if O wants to admit that she was wrong and throw her significant cultural weight in the direction of legalization, then I am all for it :)

    Perhaps we will finally have our state-sanctioned Soma, after all…three cheers!!!

  • DropHard

    You forgot to mention one thing:
    After rolling, you basically feel like shit the next day to two days. It sucks.

  • DropHard

    You forgot to mention one thing:
    After rolling, you basically feel like shit the next day to two days. It sucks.

    • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

      if i remember right it dumps your whole serotonin reserves, and that “feeling like shit” afterwards comes from your lack thereof. I’ve heard that 1 use within a weeks time wont hurt you, but if you use it again before you can rebuild all of your serotonin it can mess with your head.

      • Anon

        disinfo!

        • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

          Fair enough. Maybe I’m just here to spread around disinfo who knows.

          • Anon

            All I know is that when you take multiple hits within a span of a few days, your tolerance for it goes waaaay up. So much so that anyone with common sense would space out the frequency that they roll, just so they will have a more enjoyable time every time…

          • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

            Arguably, the increase of tolerance could be influenced by that aforementioned dumping of serotonin, and then the lack. Of course, this is all speculation.

    • Anon

      That depends. Did you take it late at night and not get enough sleep or water? ‘Cause that’ll do it. Every time I roll (gotta be pure) and don’t drink any booze– All I gotta do is take a brisk walk in the morning and I’m back on top.

      Sorry to hear about your bad experience. :(

  • ohuknow

    Bout damn time, major media.
    Recreational use of MDMA during and right after high school definitely turned my life around and probably kept me from killing myself. Before the 1st time I took it, I was a reclusive, cynical, self-destructive, anti-social misanthropic prick. I was doing a number of drugs and drinking copiously when a few people I knew started getting tabs(probably smacky or speedy, but still with some mda or mdma in all likelihood). During my first use, I had a moment where I realized I wasn’t a horrible person and that I deserved to be truly happy if I could figure out how to make it happen. During my second use, I started to realize exactly what had been keeping me from realizing my potential as a happy and decent person. Every time I took it after that, well, I could’ve probably lived without, but the experience of profound happiness, even if it was momentary and synthetic, was exactly the wake-up call I needed.
    I won’t lie and say my judgment was never clouded, that my future prospects weren’t possibly limited by the effects of my drug use, or that I never saw other kids fuck up their entire lives with mdma and associated drugs, but, personally, I wouldn’t trade those first few mdma experiences for anything.
    I reiterate, there are dangers to be mitigated, perhaps with the use of professional therapy and counsel, and knowing where some of the people I used to hang out with ended up(in graves), I’d say there’s way too much at stake to leave up to chance. But isn’t that what requiring all use to be black market use is doing: leaving it up to chance and putting this powerful life-changing substance in the hands of the unscrupulous?

  • Anonymous

    Bout damn time, major media.
    Recreational use of MDMA during and right after high school definitely turned my life around and probably kept me from killing myself. Before the 1st time I took it, I was a reclusive, cynical, self-destructive, anti-social misanthropic prick. I was doing a number of drugs and drinking copiously when a few people I knew started getting tabs(probably smacky or speedy, but still with some mda or mdma in all likelihood). During my first use, I had a moment where I realized I wasn’t a horrible person and that I deserved to be truly happy if I could figure out how to make it happen. During my second use, I started to realize exactly what had been keeping me from realizing my potential as a happy and decent person. Every time I took it after that, well, I could’ve probably lived without, but the experience of profound happiness, even if it was momentary and synthetic, was exactly the wake-up call I needed.
    I won’t lie and say my judgment was never clouded, that my future prospects weren’t possibly limited by the effects of my drug use, or that I never saw other kids fuck up their entire lives with mdma and associated drugs, but, personally, I wouldn’t trade those first few mdma experiences for anything.
    I reiterate, there are dangers to be mitigated, perhaps with the use of professional therapy and counsel, and knowing where some of the people I used to hang out with ended up(in graves), I’d say there’s way too much at stake to leave up to chance. But isn’t that what requiring all use to be black market use is doing: leaving it up to chance and putting this powerful life-changing substance in the hands of the unscrupulous?

  • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

    if i remember right it dumps your whole serotonin reserves, and that “feeling like shit” afterwards comes from your lack thereof. I’ve heard that 1 use within a weeks time wont hurt you, but if you use it again before you can rebuild all of your serotonin it can mess with your head.

  • http://www.facebook.com/hazar.worth HZar Worth

    Setting aside the hype and the Oprah virus for the moment:

    This culture has been deeply programmed to perpetuate the addiction to guilt, shame, and fear. The human experience within this culture has become a considerable ‘sin’. The hype and the Oprah virus support of MDMA gives me little confidence personally. Individuals like the late Terence McKenna led me to experience the value of mushrooms. And while these individuals can be found off the grid, individuals such as Oprah are only stalwarts of profits.

    Individuals must recognize their own programmed and conditioned belief systems first and foremost. From there, they will be able to find the suitable tools to unshackle their minds from their conditioning and programming by a cultural setting claiming more individuals along the way…..

  • http://www.facebook.com/hazar.worth HZar Worth

    Setting aside the hype and the Oprah virus for the moment:

    This culture has been deeply programmed to perpetuate the addiction to guilt, shame, and fear. The human experience within this culture has become a considerable ‘sin’. The hype and the Oprah virus support of MDMA gives me little confidence personally. Individuals like the late Terence McKenna led me to experience the value of mushrooms. And while these individuals can be found off the grid, individuals such as Oprah are only stalwarts of profits.

    Individuals must recognize their own programmed and conditioned belief systems first and foremost. From there, they will be able to find the suitable tools to unshackle their minds from their conditioning and programming by a cultural setting claiming more individuals along the way…..

  • Lunchbox

    Yeah, the one number talk show doesn’t get “canceled,” it gets moved to its own network (which isn’t doing well, but that’s not the one show’s fault).

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TOFOJ2PJZDKXCFI4RL6FX3XGBM Angry Natalie Portman

    I agree with the comment below, although I do wish this article was written about cannabis instead of MDMA.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TOFOJ2PJZDKXCFI4RL6FX3XGBM Angry Natalie Portman

    I agree with the comment below, although I do wish this article was written about cannabis instead of MDMA.

  • hdcase
  • Anonymous
  • Anon

    That depends. Did you take it late at night and not get enough sleep or water? ‘Cause that’ll do it. Every time I roll (gotta be pure) and don’t drink any booze– All I gotta do is take a brisk walk in the morning and I’m back on top.

    Sorry to hear about your bad experience. :(

  • Anon

    disinfo!

  • Anon

    that sounds more like crack or meth… it all depends on how pure it is, and how much you love the people you are rolling with.

  • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

    Fair enough. Maybe I’m just here to spread around disinfo who knows.

  • Anon

    All I know is that when you take multiple hits within a span of a few days, your tolerance for it goes waaaay up. So much so that anyone with common sense would space out the frequency that they roll, just so they will have a more enjoyable time every time…

  • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

    Arguably, the increase of tolerance could be influenced by that aforementioned dumping of serotonin, and then the lack. Of course, this is all speculation.

  • jake

    the problem lies with numbers. Fact is drugs and their usage is a tool/experience for those who are contemplating existence, themselves, egos, ect, ect. Average people cannot handle the mind altering perspective shifts that occur when separated from ones ego-mind.

    IT TAKES MORE THAN WORDS TO CONVEY THAT MESSAGE.

  • jake

    the problem lies with numbers. Fact is drugs and their usage is a tool/experience for those who are contemplating existence, themselves, egos, ect, ect. Average people cannot handle the mind altering perspective shifts that occur when separated from ones ego-mind.

    IT TAKES MORE THAN WORDS TO CONVEY THAT MESSAGE.