E for Ecstasy by Nicholas Saunders
Appendix 1: Reference Section
- 104 International Journal on Drug Policy, Vol. 2 Oct. 1989 Ethnographic
Notes on Ecstasy Use Among Professionals by Rosenbaum Morgan and Beck
- This is a study of a group of drug users whose lives are much more focused
around their careers than around any drug. It includes 100 in-depth interviews.
Typically, these tend to be people who used LSD in the sixties but have
since led drug-free lives except, perhaps, for moderate use of alcohol and
marijuana. Ecstasy presents them with an opportunity to be open and relaxed
within the context of a professional lifestyle that is stressful and regulated.
They use MDMA very sparingly (three or four times a year) because "they
are too busy, too discriminating [they are concerned about the effect on
their health] and a bit too old". They plan ahead and arrange a two-day
event with a few close friends in a quiet location with comforts, music
and refreshments well prepared, starting in the morning so as to get a good
nights' sleep. Newcomers are well prepared and looked after. Some will even
match the dose to body weight, using 1 mg per pound.
- [100 mg for someone weighing 7 stone.]
- "During the trip there is much warm, affectionate conversation,
a feeling of bonding and closeness with friends. Generally, the spirit is
positive and euphoric. There is much affirmation of life, of relationships,"
the report says.
- The second day is spent quietly together, and is regarded by some as
the most valuable part of the experience, when the "best interactive
work can be done".
- The report concludes that people who live highly stressed lives can
condense the relaxation of a fortnight's holiday into a weekend.
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