Ecstasy.org 'best of the alternative web', says Utne.com
Utne.com has picked ecstasy.org to feature in their 'Best of the Alternative Web' section and gave us a great write-up!
Ecstasy: Another Drug War Casualty
Ecstasy has been getting massive airplay lately, including a Time cover story, a 60 Minutes report, and several headline-splashing drug busts which turned up millions of dollars worth of the raver's drug of choice.
But is Ecstasy really that bad? Many think not.
Ecstasy advocates point to couples using the drug Ecstasy and beginning to speak openly with each other, ultimately saving marriages. They note that dying cancer patients take it with their families to help sort out their intense emotions surrounding death and dying. They talk about people whose lives were transformed for the better because, for the first time in years, they could share their innermost feelings without shame.
The day the DEA made Ecstasy illegal in the summer of 1984 - based on shaky evidence of side effects in rats from the chemically-similar but far more powerful drug MDA - was a day of quiet mourning among many exploring personal growth.
One person whose life was transformed by the drug was the late Nicholas Saunders, founder of Ecstasy.org, the most comprehensive online resource for information on Ecstasy.
Saunders first took ecstasy in 1988 and described his experience as: "not only extremely pleasurable but, [it] provided a valuable insight into my life. It gave me a taste of letting go, playing and laughing more freely than I had for years. I experienced the sheer joy of living ... I asked myself 'what is different to normal? Why isn't life always like this?' I decided that I had got into the habit of restraining myself, and that on E I was simply allowing myself to enjoy what had always been there."
Saunders dedicated himself and Ecstasy.org to cutting through the drug-war hysteria by researching and disseminating factual information about Ecstasy and the culture that surrounds it. The site includes the history of MDMA (Ecstasy's chemical initials), links to scientific studies of its health effects, testimonials from people's personal experiences (both positive and negative), and even practical information for users, like warnings about pills known to contain strychnine and other dangerous impurities, as well as the relative potency and purity of different Ecstasy pills currently circulating the club scene. Go there.