Much has been written about the drug MDMA, also known as “Ecstasy.” The drug tends to cause feelings of euphoria, well-being and emotional openness, while reducing feelings of fear or anxiety. In the 1970s and 1980s, MDMA was used by psychotherapists to help their patients break through emotional barriers that otherwise seemed insurmountable. Soon after, the drug became popular in nightclubs. In 1985, MDMA was classified in the US as a “Schedule I substance,” making possession of MDMA a felony.
This book is a collection of essays written by people about their first time taking MDMA. The intent of the book is to neither glorify nor demonize MDMA usage. Rather, the intent is to expose the reader to the wide variety of reactions that people have to MDMA, both positive and negative. The book starts out with essays of people who had more positive experiences (healing, self discovery, spiritual epiphanies), and the book finishes with essays of people who had more negative experiences (overdoses, negative social interactions).