E for Ecstasy by Nicholas Saunders
Appendix 1: Reference Section
- 70 Ecstasy Revisited, by Bruce Eisner, Gnosis Magazine, winter
- As soon as MDMA was made illegal, it began to be adulterated, Eisner
says. This was due to criminals replacing users and idealists in the manufacture
and distribution of the drug.
- Eisner makes the following point: "The same experiment that Shuster
and Ricaurte did with MDMA and MDA - giving huge and frequent doses to rats
- was also performed with a prescription drug, fenfluramine, used in treating
eating disorders. No adverse effects have ever been observed from its use,
and people who took it frequently many years ago have no observed brain
damage or other problems. Fenfluramine is still prescribed, even though
MDMA was quickly banned."
- "With millions of people having taken MDMA over a 20-year period,
some more than several hundred times, there has never been a reported case
of MDMA-caused brain damage. Not one single case," he adds.
- He quotes Shulgin as predicting that new compounds will inevitably be
invented: "teased out of other drugs such as MDMA," which would
have still greater specificity in triggering human emotions such as the
fear of death, awareness and suppression of anger, and feelings of guilt.
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