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Ecstasy The Complete Guide

A Comprehensive Look at the Risks and Benefits of MDMA
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Paperback Book
Inner Traditions
August, 2001
$31.95 CAD
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Use of the drug known widely as Ecstasy, once confined to the teen rave scene and college campuses, is rapidly emerging as a trip of choice in North America, from high schools to upscale clubs to quiet, heart-centered clans of inner explorers. Described by enthusiasts as the most intense euphoria they know and by detractors as a cause of brain damage and even death, Ecstasy has engendered unprecedented levels of interest—and misinformation. While Ecstasy (in various forms and unknown potencies and mixtures due to its illegality) is found across North America in living rooms and dance clubs, reliable information about the drug is not. Ecstasy: The Complete Guide takes the first unbiased look at the risks and the benefits of Ecstasy and the real drug behind it, MDMA, offering a critical resource for anyone seeking credible information.

From the world’s leading experts on MDMA (Sasha and Ann Shulgin, the drug’s godparents; Ralph Metzner; Claudio Naranjo; George Greer; Andrew Weil; Charles Grob; Bruce Eisner; Rabbi Zalman Schachter; Rick Doblin; and many other researchers), readers will learn the science of what it is and how it works in the brain; the chemistry; myths and rumors dispelled; its history; medical and mental health risks associated with use; the neurotoxicity issues; legal status; MDMA-assisted psychotherapy; the drug’s promise as a treatment for depression, addiction, post-traumatic stress disorder, chronic pain, and other illnesses; and how to minimize the risks of illicit use.

Providing risk reduction information, which is a public health service, should not be interpreted as encouragement to abuse drugs. Throughout this book I have tried to make the distinction when the authors are speaking of the known chemical MDMA versus the illegal, unknown substance called Ecstasy...

An important aim of this book is to educate the average Ecstasy user about MDMA... A second purpose: we can offer MDMA as a beneficial medicine. We can remind everyone of Ecstasy’s earlier incarnation as a drug once known as Adam, and we can stress the importance of future clinical research into the therapeutic uses of MDMA...

Like any powerful tool, it should be used by people who are properly trained, educated, and supervised. And like any power tool, it should come with an instruction manual. This book, I hope, will serve as that manual.

Whether you are a concerned parent, a professional wanting the most recent reports on MDMA research, or a raver, this book provides the answers you need.

Julie Holland is an Attending Psychiatrist at Bellevue Hospital and on the faculty of the NYU School of Medicine. She also provides access to technical materials that could not fit into this already generous book on her website:

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