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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24 Comments on "Scientific Study Reveals That Ecstasy Damages Memory"

  1. Purpplecollective | Jul 26, 2012 at 9:43 pm |

    I’l just stick to perfectly safe LSD

  2. Richard Paoli | Jul 26, 2012 at 10:02 pm |

    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!!!!

  3. The Baffler | Jul 26, 2012 at 10:11 pm |

    Study shows: Water is wet, difficult to breathe in

  4. discusthrower | Jul 27, 2012 at 12:42 am |

    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…

  5. *Eyes roll back*

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

  6. Sirius Fnord | Jul 27, 2012 at 3:30 am |

    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.

  7. IrishPotatoGun | Jul 27, 2012 at 12:49 pm |

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

  8. Ricky Jazzercize | Jul 27, 2012 at 1:44 pm |

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

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