Scientific Study Reveals That Ecstasy Damages Memory

Via LiveScience:

A study conducted by German scientists has revealed that using the popular party drug Ecstasy (MDMA) can cause deterioration of memory:

Among Ecstasy users, the researchers found a deterioration in a memory task called paired associates learning, in which people memorize pairs of words or objects so that the presentation of one triggers the recall of the other. None of the other cognitive tasks showed significant differences between users and nonusers, Wagner said. The specificity of the deficit suggests damage to the hippocampus, he said, the part of the brain that is crucial for memory formation and recall.

(Another point of interest from the study: it’s apparently difficult to find MDMA users who don’t also smoke marijuana.)

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  • Purpplecollective

    I’l just stick to perfectly safe LSD

  • Richard Paoli

    What the government is doing is forming so many government jobs so the private sectors have a smaller work force and those that work for the government are scared to stand up for fear of losing thier jobs. The stronger the government the smaller freedom becomes. Wake up! The same thing that is happening in greece is on its way here! When you get a animal cornered and it has no way out, it WILL come out fighting for its life. I am the messanger!!!!

    • The Baffler

      You must be on Ecstasy

      • DeepCough

        Were that the case, he wouldn’t have typed anything.

  • The Baffler

    Study shows: Water is wet, difficult to breathe in

    • Calypso_1

      a contrario:  Ice.  Fish.

      • The Baffler

        Ice is wet, and fish breathe using witchcraft.

        • Calypso_1

          Ice is only wet when it melts.  Fish do indeed use witchcraft but only to breath air.  Perhaps you are thinking of salamanders, they use alchemy for just about everything.

          • Chaorder Gradient

            And Duck-billed Platypuses use science! mad mad science.

          • Calypso_1

            Jesus Science

          • The Baffler

            Flash melting occurs on ice surfaces when it is exposed to air, or so I’ve heard.

          • Calypso_1

            What air temp?  Ever hear of flash freeze?  : )

          • The Baffler

            Oh bother. Wikipedia here I come. ;p

          • Calypso_1

            Don’t worry, I think we are finally getting to the crux of the matter. 
            If you take frozen MDMA with a platypus will you remember if you had to use witchcraft to breath while transmuting the elements?

          • The Baffler

            Perhaps, but I’ll have to polarize my deflector dish for more accurate readings.

          • Calypso_1
          • Chaorder Gradient

            infinite zoom into grains of static. Welcome to the fractalverse.

          • Jesus Borg

             Actually ice skates melt ice.

  • discusthrower

    the Canadian health guy says that pure E is perfectly safe… but that street stuff is likely not pure…

    considering that the scientists are not administering the substance who’s is to say what those people are ingesting…

  • JaceD

    *Eyes roll back*

    who care’s about memory when it feels so damn good?

  • BuzzCoastin


  • Sirius Fnord

    MDMA, Ethneogens both synthetic and natural and cannabis are here for us to use to remove bad programming (memory’s). It is these bad memory experiences that help dictate our operational boundaries in later life. 
    Given the correct settings and guide, these substances help us to repair and reprogram those memories that cause us difficulties in how we adapt to new and similar environments and interactions.
    Or one could just drink alcohol until we have no fully functioning neural network left. mmmm think i will stick with natures naturally provided medicine.

  • IrishPotatoGun

    in other news aging and time also erode memory, might as well have a party.

  • Ricky Jazzercize

    Only 5.7% of the U.S. population between the ages of 15-35 try ecstasy? Riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight.