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If you ever tried X and I am sure no one on here will admit or deny...

Posted by on Feb. 20, 2011 at 3:34 PM
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A friend on my Facebook posted this. 



No Brain Damage From Ecstasy, New Research Shows

First Posted: 02/20/11 01:49 PM Updated: 02/20/11 01:53 PM

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Ecstacy Brain Damage

Contrary to long-held opinion, ecstasy, the popular rave-culture drug, does not harm your brain.

This is according to one of the largest studies ever conducted on the illegal drug's effect on cognition,published last week in the journal Addiction.

Though former studies have concluded quite the opposite about the drug (technical name 3,4-Methylenedioxymethamphetamine, or MDMA ) there's been concern that these conclusions were overstated and reached through faulty methods.

The latest research, a $1.8 million study funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), set out to correct these methods by eliminating all other factors that could possibly contribute to mental impairment: 1) sleep deprivation and dehydration commonplace in rave culture, 2) previous habitual drug or alcohol use, or 3) former cognitive damage for any reason.

After screening subjects for these factors (even testing hair samples to make sure they weren't lying about drug use) researchers whittled down the initial pool of 1,500 people to just 52 cognitively clean subjects, the Guardian reports.

John Halpern, lead researcher from the Harvard Medical School team, told Addition:

Researchers have known for a long time that earlier studies of ecstasy use had problems that later studies should try to correct. When NIDA decided to fund this project, we saw an opportunity to design a better experiment and advance our knowledge of this drug.

Ecstasy is most commonly associated with the 1980s and 90s rave scene -- all-night dance complete with strobe lights and glow sticks to enhance the drug's effect. Ecstasy's symptoms include a feeling of euphoria, a heightened sense of intimacy and pleasure and decreased anxiety. Side effects include blurred vision, and in rare cases overdoses can be fatal.

The common understanding, and certainly the argument from the anti-drug camp, has been that ecstasy can cause memory loss, pose a serious brain damage risk, and have long-lasting effects on behavior.

Researchers are quick to point out that despite the study's conclusion, ecstasy is still a dangerous drug. The illegal pills have no warning labels, and can contain a number of harmful contaminants.


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IDGAF
by on Feb. 20, 2011 at 3:35 PM

 Interesting.

.thickie.thick.
by on Feb. 20, 2011 at 3:38 PM

hmmm...interesting.

I did it once ... yea , not fun lol.

TheyAreMyLoves
by on Feb. 20, 2011 at 3:39 PM
I did it like 3 times back before I had kids. It was pretty awesome. Lol
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marissaj125
by on Feb. 20, 2011 at 3:40 PM

never tried. hmm interesting.

sweet.lil.mama
by on Feb. 20, 2011 at 3:40 PM

nope only thing i ever did was smoke marijuana once when i was 15 and ive smoked a couple cigarettes, i prefer not to put bad things in my body, i don't even drink alcohol, can't stand the taste of beer, wine or liquor, maybe once in a while ill have a smirnoff...not for another 8 months or so though ;) i just found out im preggo!

KokoJones
by on Feb. 20, 2011 at 3:40 PM

well it's comforting to know that the loss of brain cells was from something else... possibly one of the other drugs i dabbled in as a teen... possibly the multiple pregnancies lol

Jessy613
by on Feb. 20, 2011 at 3:41 PM

 I did it a couple of times. I stopped after my son was born though.

Sassy762
by CAFE SASSY HBIC on Feb. 20, 2011 at 3:41 PM

I'm boring I have never done any illegal drugs, lol

CrazyBusyX4
by on Feb. 20, 2011 at 3:42 PM
Nope I never. I was always to scared to look stupid. That's what kept me off drugs. Lol. Owell whatever works.
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liz.1986
by on Feb. 20, 2011 at 3:42 PM

 Interesting. I've never tried it. The only thing I've had is MJ.

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