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2012 MARKS THE 100th ANNIVERSARY of the creation of MDMA, first synthesized on an unknown date in 1912. Dr. Anton Köllisch of the Merck Pharmaceutical Company was working on creating a new blood-clotting medication, and MDMA was just one of a string of chemicals that the company patented despite having no apparent knowledge of its psychoactive effects. The U.S. Army Chemical Center found out, and by 1953 they were testing it as a weapon for espionage. The first published study of MDMA in humans, by Alexander Shulgin and David Nichols, appeared in 1978 and described its potential as a therapeutic tool.
CELEBRATE THE INVENTION of a molecule that has fascinated doctors, scientists, lawmakers, and society for generations by making a birthday gift to support research into the therapeutic potential of methylenedioxymethamphetamine, or MDMA.
PSYCHIATRISTS AND THERAPISTS conducted over 1,000 clinical sessions of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy from 1978 until 1985. In 1985, due to widespread recreational use of MDMA, the DEA made it a crime to possess or distribute the drug, ignoring both expert testimony and court recommendations. In 1986, the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) set out to make MDMA-assisted psychotherapy a legally available treatment.
100 YEARS AFTER THE CREATION OF MDMA, researchers and therapists are rediscovering the potential of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy to transform the lives of men and women suffering from posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). From banned chemical to promising therapeutic tool, MDMA’s 100th anniversary is an opportunity to celebrate and support a medical innovation.
A LOT CAN HAPPEN IN 100 YEARS. MDMA was synthesized, left on a shelf, found by a researcher, used by therapists, misused by the public, made illegal, and is now being used in clinical trials with government approval. Help take MDMA-assisted psychotherapy research to the next phase. Give $5 and receive a MAPS “Transforming Medicine” sticker, or give $100 and be entered into a drawing for a ticket to MAPS 2013 Psychedelic Science conference in April 2013.
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