Dangerous Minds linked us to this strange story about a man who over the course of nine years took 40,000 hits of ecstasy. Honestly, we can’t believe he is still alive.
The man, known as Mr A in the report in the scientific journal Psychosomatics, started using ecstasy at 21. For the first two years his use was an average of five pills per weekend. Gradually this escalated until he was taking around three and a half pills a day. At the peak, the man was taking an estimated 25 pills every day for four years. After several severe collapses at parties, Mr A decided to stop taking ecstasy. For several months, he still felt he was under the influence of the drug, despite being bedridden.
“He came to us after deciding that he couldn’t go on any more,” said Dr Christos Kouimtsidis, the consultant psychiatrist at St George’s Medical School in Tooting who treated him for five months. “He was having trouble functioning in everyday life.”
I would expect so.
The BBC reports today on some whacko German therapist who dosed a group of patients with allegedly heroin, speed & ecstasy all at once. Two died, a third is in a coma:
The doctor who was arrested admitted handing out the drugs in order to expand the patients’ consciousness, he claims to offer “help with spiritual crises” and police say his wife also took part in the therapy session, ...
The sad thing is, MDMA alone has helped PTSD-sufferers talk it out all emo-like. Charlatans like this guy this won’t help that needed therapy achieve any type of legitimacy. [BBC]
If you find your golf game out of whack, you can either switch to Precept balls, or just trip balls while rolling on E. Even better if your tabs come in the shape of Tiger Woods, y’all. Peep this success story for some inspiration on the links.
Prior to its Schedule 1 criminalization in 1985, MDMA was widely used in the psychiatric community to treat patients who were unable to let go of fear. Dating back to the 50s, clinical use of ecstasy showed great promise until research into its transformative potential on brain chemistry were completely cut off. Now, largely due to the boldness of Michael Mithoefer, a South Carolina Psychiatrist who got the FDA to approve MDMA for psychological treatment in 2004, an international movement is emerging to use the drug for combating Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
A new drug cocktail containing chemicals that closely mimic the effects of ecstasy has appeared. The Idaho State Police Forensics Lab has recently confirmed that their most recent submission of finely crafted and well pressed ecstasy pills contained no MDMA, the main ingredient in E pills and until now the revered source of the experience.