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MDMA first synthesized by Merck Pharmaceuticals.

MDMA patented by Merck Pharmaceuticals.

The Army Chemical Center studied MDMA toxicity by giving MDMA to guinea pigs, rats, mice, monkeys, and dogs.

Alexander Shulgin synthesizes MDMA but does not yet try it.

c. 1967
The first small underground batches of MDMA are synthesized. Relatively few individuals have tried it at this point.

c. 1968
Alexander Shulgin begins working with MDMA personally and introducing others to it.

The first scholarly article on MDMA is published.

c. 1977
MDMA begins to be available on the street as a recreational drug.

MDMA, as an analog of MDA, was listed as a class A drug in the UK in 1977 and placed into Schedule I of the Misuse of Drugs Act, 1971. Equivalent to the FDA's schedule I rating, MDMA is deemed to have no medicinal use and carries the same legal penalties as diacetylmorphine, cocaine and d-LSD. Possession may result in up to 7 years imprisonment and an unlimited fine, whilst trafficking can result in life imprisonment and an unlimited fine.

1977 - 1981
Only eight individuals seek emergency room treatment after the use of MDMA during this four year period according to the Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN).

1981 - 1985
There are zero people who seek emergency room treatment after the use of MDMA during this four year period, according to the Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN).

May 31, 1985
MDMA banned federally

Index of Terms

Cocaine A bitter, crystalline drug obtained from the dried leaves of the coca shrub; it is a local anesthetic and a dangerous, illegal stimulant; the primary psychoactive ingredient in the coca plant and a behavioral-affecting drug.
Drugs Drugs essentially are poisons. The degree they are taken determines the effect. A small amount acts as a stimulant. A greater amount acts as a sedative. A larger amount acts as a poison and can kill one dead. This is true of any drug. Each has a different amount at which it gives those results.
MDMA MDMA is an illegal drug that acts as both a stimulant and "hallucinogen", producing an energizing effect, as well as distortions in time and perception and enhanced enjoyment from tactile experiences.

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