E for Ecstasy by Nicholas Saunders
Appendix 1: Reference Section
- 25 Laing on Ecstasy by Peter Naysmith International Journal on
Drug Policy 1/3.
- Laing had taken MDMA at Esalen in 1984 where the drug was being used
in couple counselling before it was made illegal.
- When the drug was banned Laing said: "What scientists have always
been looking for, as Arthur Koestler suggested, is a drug which is not a
tranquilliser, an upper or downer, but a stabiliser, just a help to keep
one's balance throughout the day. The Californian scientist who synthesised
MDMA in the seventies, Dr. Alexander Shulgin, thought he had found such
a drug. All I can say is that within the context of its use, among very
responsible professionals and therapists in America, all direct reports,
including my own, were positive."
- "It's my opinion that government agencies, instead of slapping
a total ban on this drug should explore it like they do others . . . There's
definitely a place for it. It's a pity to see it being cut out like that."
Asked to explain why is there a need for drugs such as Ecstasy, he said:
"Most of us live within a sort of crypto-delusional structure as to
our needs; we haven't quite got it right about love and loving and what
other people feel about us . . . which is part of the popularity of this
drug. It changes your feeling. But this can also be a danger . . . Under
its influence it would be unwise to make [important] decisions there and
then . . . as it would over a bottle of whisky."
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