A Brief History Of MDMA: From The CIA To Raves To Psychedelic Therapy

This article was originally published on Psychedelic Spotlight and appears here with permission.

Today, MDMA is one of the world’s most-well known drugs. Famous as a party drug prevalent among concertgoers, the compound is also growing in popularity as a therapy-enhancing medicine.

Despite being known the world over, if not as MDMA then by its many street names — molly, M, ecstasy, and X — most people are unfamiliar with how society was first introduced to the love drug.

Like other synthetic drugs, MDMA is not found in the wild. Rather, in 1912, it was first synthesized accidentally by German chemists working for the pharmaceutical company Merck. The scientists were researching drugs that could help stop bleeding, and they stumbled upon MDMA. Originally called “Methylsafrylaminc,” the scientists were unable to find a practical use for it. Nevertheless, in 1914, they patented the substance as something that could one day have therapeutic value, and then shelved it, leaving MDMA to be forgotten for decades.

Through the tumultuous 1920s-40s — a period of wars, economic devastation and revolution — MDMA mostly remained on its shelf, waiting for someone to rediscover it. There were checkered attempts at studying it, but what, if anything, was learned in that time is lost to history.

MDMA was not seriously studied again until the ’50s and ’60s. This time, it was tested by the United States as a potential mind-control drug or truth serum. The most famous project through which this was tested is of …

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