The Real History of Illegal Drugs: MDMA

MDMA is a drug with serious potential. Developed in the late 1970s, it's long been considered a party drug, but we've only scratched the surface of talking about its use for therapeutic purposes.

MDMA, or 3,4-methylenedioxy-methamphetamine, if you prefer, is a psychoactive drug. Some classify it as a hallucinogen, but only certain people feel hallucinogenic effects from taking it. It was patented by the multinational pharmaceutical company Merck in 1912. Legend goes the company attempted to create an appetite suppressant, but it pulled the drug from production when it was found to have strange side effects. 

MDMA remains a Schedule I drug, despite new research showing it could have medical benefits in certain scenarios, but that might change at some point. Only 20 years ago it seemed impossible that almost half of U.S. states would eventually develop medicinal marijuana laws, but now they have. 

Read more on the history of MDMA here.