By: Hannah Heitz
MDMA (also known as “molly” and “ecstasy”) is classified as a Schedule I Controlled Substance, but this has not deterred its use. Use of MDMA has long been associated with “rave” culture, but recently its use has become more widespread. Research using the drug for its hallucinogenic effects in therapeutic settings was popular during the 1970s, but it generated a stigma in the scientific and medical community following President Nixon’s “War on Drugs.” Amid the shifting context of MDMA’s values and potential benefits, its recreational use has only increased, and Miley Cyrus even alluded to its use in her hit song “We Can’t Stop.” From what has been researched, the potential dangers stem from the individual’s environment at the time of use and not the drug itself. The greatest danger comes from the increase in body temperature, which can lead to hyperthermia. Interestingly, in the past few years various studies have shown the benefits of the substance when it is used in its pure form in regulated doses.
For more information on MDMA: http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/how-molly-works-in-the-brain/