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Appendix 1: Reference Section
- 8 Differences Between the Mechanism of Action of MDMA, MBDB and
the Classic Hallucinogens, by David Nichols, from Journal of Psychoactive
Drugs, Vol. 18/4 1986
- In this paper it is claimed that MDMA is not a hallucinogen and that
its classification as a Class One drug, which is based on it being regarded
as a hallucinogen, is therefore incorrect. Nichols says that subjective
human trials and tests on rats show MDMA does not have psychedelic properties
and that it belongs to a new drug category that he calls "entactogens".
He synthesised a new drug called MBDB with an added chemical group that
cuts out psychedelic effects. It was similar to MDMA in effect but weaker
and therefore also belongs to the new category.
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