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What Is Ecstasy Ecstasy is a drug thats shaped like a Tylenol The main chemical in Ecstasy is MethylenedioxymethamphetamineMDMA Chemically Ecstasy is an analogue of MDA a drug that was popular in the 1960s In the late 1970s MDMA was used to facilitate psychotherapy by a small group of therapists in the United States Illicit use of the drug did not become popular until the late 1980s and early 1990s MDMA is frequently used in combination with other drugs However it is rarely consumed with alcohol as alcohol is believed to diminish its effects History Ecstasy was patented in 1913 by the German chemical company Merck supposedly it was supposed to be sold as a diet pill A year after they started selling Ecstasy they took it of the market Another urban legend has it that in 1953 the US army tested Ecstasy as a possible truth serum but there is no real evidence supporting this The man responsible for the modern research of Ecstasy is Alexander Shulgin who after graduating from the University of California at Berkeley with a PhD in biochemistry got a job as a research chemist with Dow Chemicals Among his many achievements for Dow Chemicals Ecstasy was one of the most profitable Dow Chemicals was happy with the Pill but Shulgins other projects created a parting of the way between the biochemist and the chemical company Alexander Shulgin is also the first reported human to use MDMA How is Ecstasy Used Ecstasy is most often available in tablet form and is usually ingested orally It is also available as a powder and is sometimes snorted and occasionally smoked but rarely injected The effects start after about 20 minutes and can last for about four to six hours People who use the drug say that it produces profoundly positive feelings empathy for others elimination of anxiety and extreme relaxation Ecstasy is also said to suppress the
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