Legalizing Ecstasy Essay

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Legalizing Ecstasy



Legalizing Ecstasy

Have you ever believed in something your entire life, only to come to terms that your
belief is miss-informed? Recently something like that happened to me. For a speech class I
had to do research on a popular drug called ecstasy, used at raves and underground
parties. My first take on the drug was that it was very unstable and that it could
eventually lead to death. Obviously you believe most stuff you read in the news, and so I
took the news to heart about ecstasy. The problem was that the source of my information
was really unsubstantiated rumor. I used to believe that all drugs were bad no matter what
but in fact, after extensive research on ecstasy, I discovered that there is therapeutic
value in that the drug helps patients of therapists open up more during sessions. I
believe the DEA should lift the ban it has placed on ecstasy.

Obviously you are taught from an early age that all drugs are bad and using them is only
for the bad and scary people of the world. But research has shed new light on the popular
drug ecstasy. Ecstasy was developed and patented in the early 1900’s, but it wasn’t until
the 1970’s that it came in to the hands of a therapist. About to retire from a life long
career in therapy, he was convinced by a friend to try the drug. The following day he
abandoned his plans of retirement and went on the road, touring the United States,
introducing this new drug to therapists. During this time he spoke to over 4000 therapists
and convinced them to at least try the new experimental drug. Almost all of them decided
that it was of use and started implementing it in their sessions. At this time there was
no consequence for using or possessing the drug. It wasn’t until 1985 that the DEA got
word of this new drug and put it into a Schedule 1 category ban, the category for
non-medicinal and non-researchable drugs. Use of ecstasy all but disappeared in the U.S.,
until recently. In the last ten years use of ecstasy has begun to show up again, mostly on
college campuses and at underground rave parties. Although the drug is still banned,
therapists have also begun to use ecstasy again on willing patients. With the euphoric
like effects of the drug it makes a person open up.

The way the drug works is really very simple. After Ingestion the drug enters the blood
stream on a direct course to the brain. Ecstasy targets Axon cells. Axon cells contain the
chemical Seratonin, a chemical that controls your mood and body temperature. Ecstasy
focuses the Axon cells to release Seratonin, flooding the brain. With increased Seratonin
in the brain, it causes euphoria and extreme happiness. Sensations become brighter and
more intense, making users feel a sense of belonging and a sense of carrying no shame from
past events. With the openness amongst users, it is very easy to speak freely about
sensitive episodes in people’s lives. But what other things will this drug make me do or
feel?

Common short-term side effects that accompany the drug are eye twitching, restlessness,
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