What Does MDMA Do To Your Brain?

In the latest episode of AsapSCIENCE, Mitchell Moffit and Gregory Brown look at the neuroscience of 3,4-methylenedioxy-N-methyl amphetamine (better known as MDMA) and its oft-adulterated surrogate, ecstasy. » 10/16/14 8:50am 10/16/14 8:50am

Could a notorious party drug be the next psychiatric breakthrough?

MDMA is a drug that’s typically associated with youth culture and dance parties — but it’s increasingly attracting the attention of psychologists and cognitive therapists. Also known as ecstasy, the drug has shown effectiveness in treating a number of mood disorders. But are the potential health risks worth it? » 5/30/13 11:40am 5/30/13 11:40am

The New Science of Drug Testing: The Sewers Never Lie

Scientists are dipping into city sewers in search of drugs. Why? The same reason people on parole take urine tests instead of surveys. You can always lie on a questionnaire; outwitting your toilet, on the other hand, can be a bit more challenging. » 9/19/12 9:25am 9/19/12 9:25am

Did you just take a vitamin C tablet, or a hit of ecstasy?

Above, New Scientist's Graham Lawton describes his experience as a test subject in a groundbreaking study on MDMA, the recreational drug commonly known as ecstasy. The research is being led by David Nutt, a former chief drug advisor to the UK who was dismissed from his position in 2009 after criticizing the… » 9/18/12 5:00pm 9/18/12 5:00pm

"Bath Salts" act like Ecstasy in our brains

The last few years have seen the appearance of a number of drugs sold under the false flag of "bath salts" or "plant food". Generally mephedrone and methylone, their abuse has lead to a number of hospitalizations in the last year. And that's led to increased pressure to understand how they work, and just how safe they… » 12/15/11 12:45pm 12/15/11 12:45pm

Participate in the largest drug-use survey ever conducted

Drugs play a huge role in our lives, but it's hard to find in-depth research on how people take them and what effect it has on their lives. Here's your chance to help change that. » 11/25/11 11:30am 11/25/11 11:30am

New Studies Link Cancer To Pot And... Nothing, Really To Ecstasy

It's good news/bad news when it comes to recreational drug news. New studies show that the long-term effects of Ecstasy aren't as bad as suspected... but smoking pot might lead to testicular cancer. » 2/12/09 9:30am 2/12/09 9:30am