The Drug, Ecstasy

The Drug, Ecstasy

MDMA, or Ecstasy, was first made in a lab in Germany in 1912. The German pharmaceutical company E. Merck patented it in 1914, not as a medicine, but as a chemical for making more useful drugs later on. MDMA was forgotten until 1953, when the United States Army funded a secret University of Michigan study to develop chemical weapons. After learning that MDMA was non-toxic, the government put it back on the shelf. Rumor says that the drug was tested for mind control purposes, or as a ?truth drug?, but there is not actual evidence of that. In 1978, Alexander Shulgin wrote a book detailing the MDMA experience called Phenethylamines I Have Known and Loved: A Chemical Love Story. Many psychiatrists took Shulgins findings seriously enough to combine MDMA with sessions with their patients normal therapy. In the early 80s, MDMA made its way from the doctors office to the dance floor from a Texas entrepreneur who synthesized the drug in a lab. He re-named it “Ecstasy” and sold it for $20 a hit?legally?in Dallas-Fort Worth clubs. But, the Drug Enforcement Agency worked quickly to outlaw MDMA, and Ecstasy officially became an illegal drug in 1985. What Ecstasy does is

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