MDMA (3,4 -Methylenedioxymethamphetamine)
Dosage: 100-150 mg/oral
Duration: 30-60 minutes to onset; 2-3 hour plateau; 6 hours to baseline
MDMA (3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine, also known as ecstasy) is a synthetic (man-made) drug that causes both hallucinogenic and stimulant effects. The drug was developed in Germany in the early twentieth century as an appetite suppressant, but today's users consume the drug for its hallucinogenic effects, which they claim heighten their senses and make them feel less inhibited. Users also consume MDMA for its stimulant properties, which enable them to dance for hours at all-night parties and nightclubs.
Ego softening; neurotically based fear dissolution; feelings of emotionally based love and empathy. No visual effects. Lucidity retained, in-
depth communication facilitated. Present moment awareness heightened.
Appetite loss; stimulation; mild jaw-clenching; mild to moderate post-session fatigue. Occasional nystagmus (lateral eye wiggle).
Initial restlessness, nervousness, nausea, shivering or tremor.
CAUTION: May induce inappropriate and unintended emotional-bond imprinting.
Note: Reversible nerve cell toxicity has been reported in laboratory animals
at a dose equivalent to human consumption of 175 mg or more.
Concurrent use of stimulants or MAO inhibitors. Heart ailments, glaucoma, hypertension, aneurism or "stroke"
history, hepatic or renal disorders, diabetes or hypoglycemia.
Light and warm environment; with a loved one or a few close friends, but sometimes with many others in celebration.
What does it look like?
MDMA generally is sold as a tablet, which is taken orally. MDMA tablets are available in various colors and shapes and generally are imprinted with a logo. Popular logos include smiley faces, clover leaves, cartoon characters, and symbols associated with commercial brands such as Mitsubishi, Nike, and Mercedes.
MDMA = 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine
MDA = 3,4-methylenedioxyamphetamine
MDMA = N-methyl-MDA = Adam
MDE = N-ethyl-MDA = Eve
Replacing the NHCH3 with NH2 is MDA; Replacing it with NHCH2CH3 is MDE. MBDB is formed by replacing the CH3 with CH2CH3 (I forget
the chemical name of this offhand). Replacing the NHCH3 with a double bond to an O atom gives you 3,4-methyeledioxyphenylacetone
which is typically the immediate precursor to MDA, MDMA & MDE. Eliminating the radical entirely and replacing the CH3 with a
double bond to a CH2 gives isosafrole which is 3,4-methylenedioxy-allylbenzene which is an essential oil.
If you slice off the first methylenedioxy ring you get methamphetamine -- then replace the NHCH3 with NH2 and you're looking
MDMA is *chemically* an amphetamine, but psychologically its whats known as an empathogen-entactogen. There is some amphetamine
stimulant quality left, which enhances the empathogenic quality. The empathogenic quality is basically the ability to communicate
things to others, and the ability to feel empathy towards others. Its sort of an "external" quality, that opens lines of communication.
The stimulating quality and the empathogenic effect are what most recreational users seem to be after. The entactogenic effect, on
the other hand, is an internal quality. Its a sense that the world is sort of "and okay place to be" (that sounds kinda stupid
but its hard to describe... ;) .
THESE ARE ACUTE EFFECTS!!!! You don't dose someone up with MDMA
and expect the high to last forever, thats not the concept...
The idea is to use the acute effects of the drug to massively accelerate psychotherapy. The empathogenic effect has obvious
applications, both for use by the therapist and the patient. It facilitates communication, trust, etc, ad nauseum.
The entactogenic effect is what does the work, however. It strengthens the ego, and is *NOT* *NOT* dissasociative. It is
the only recreational drug that I have tried to date that has allowed me to keep a clear mind without being dissasociative
or stoning (hell, it makes my mind clearer than it normally is) -- confusion on MDMA is not a normally encountered
Now, if you read the book PiHKAL (Phenethylamines I Have Known and Loved by Alexander Shulgin) or Through the Gateway of the
Heart [and I think you can find out how to get both of these from the Misc FAQ on alt.drugs -- if not, I'll post], you will come
across very striking situations where the entactogenic effect of MDMA can help. In particular, I believe its probably the best
way to get repressed memories to resurface that there is (provided that the patient is prepared to remember them). The entactogenic
effect acts as an emotional brace so that the patient can recall the event without going through incredible emotional
trauma. That allows the mind to relax its protection on those memories and let the person remember them...
It is *not* another LSD. LSD, IMHO, is risky for doing this kind of shit. MDMA does not cause bad trips, and the only psychological
risk that you're in for is that the person is going to not get anything out of it.