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

What's Inside Your MDMA? It's Not What You Think

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The capsules appear so enticing, filled with the promise of thrills, joy, human enlightenment. So what exactly is inside? The dark truth behind today's drug du jour, molly. » 10/24/13 7:53pm 10/24/13 7:53pm

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