Ecstasy: From Club Drug to Clinical Drug

 

Ecstasy: From Club Drug to Clinical Drug

Ecstasy became a talking point in scientific conversation during the eighties when it was first being discovered. Producing euphoric sensations of universality, love, and connection, ecstasy immediately became a curious phenomenon to scientists. As the techno-music era progressed, ecstasy became less of an abusive drug and more of a cultural phenomenon.

Today, electronic dance music and ecstasy are tightly bonded. Commonly referred to as a club drug, ecstasy is known to enhance the experience of live music. Unfortunately, ecstasy is also known to cause overdose at live music events. A powerful stimulant drug, ecstasy speeds up heart rate while increasing body temperature and causing dehydration. Caught up in their music experiences, ecstasy users pass out due to overheating or heart failure. Ecstasy or “X” itself is rarely pure. It can be cut with anything from heroin to cocaine. The pure form of ecstasy is called MDMA or “Molly”. Even Molly at it’s purest can cause a fatal or life damaging overdose.

Despite adverse effects and loss of life, ecstasy has continued to fascinate scientists. Recently, scientists are calling on ecstasy as a research subject for the treatment of autism. The American DEA has even passed measure to release a regulated, prescription strength form of MDMA to treat depression. MDMA is an empathogen, which increases feelings of empathy. Studying the way ecstasy works in the brain is a lead to how the brain can learn to be happy and have empathy toward others.

 

Disorders that could be treated with Ecstasy

Ecstasy interferes with the production of serotonin, a neurotransmitter responsible for regulating emotion. Serotonin can also affect mood and social behavior, appetite and digestion, sleep, memory, and sexual drive. The empathogen quality of ecstasy could be beneficial in treating depression by taking people out their own depression and connecting with others. Eating Disorders, PTSD, Autism and Addiction are other disorders being researched with ecstasy.

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