MDMA: Looking Past the Fear. Argues for the legal use of MDMA in a therapeutic setting. History of drug included.

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Looking Past the Fear

"During the course of a single Adam session, I experienced a deep natural healing within myself. I re-owned my body. In the two weeks that followed, I have observed specific behavioral changes in myself. These include: the ease with which I choose lighter, healthier foods, and no longer desire heavy, fatty foods; a definite increase in the grace with which I move; an instinctive desire for water with a marked increase in daily fluid intake; no desire for caffeine or alcohol. And for the first time in my life, I can feel myself consciously and lovingly aware of the body in which I live" (Adamson 58).

"Who is this Adam?" you may ask, "And what was so special about him, that a single 'session' with him was enough to rid this woman of her life-long hatred of her body?"

The answer is that "Adam" is not a person at all, but a substance.

It is known by many names: Adam, Eve, White Dove, the Love Drug, Beans, X, E, XTC, and Ecstasy, to name a few. The scientific name for the substance that this woman praised is Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA), but what you call it doesn't matter. What is important is how this drug has helped many people, such as the woman above, to heal from ailments ranging from post-traumatic stress disorder to depression. Unfortunately, the healing that these people have experienced is illegal in today's world. Therapists who realize the potential of MDMA in psychotherapy are forced to choose between what they feel is right for their patient and what the law will allow, turning some dedicated doctors into criminals. This is a great injustice. Lawmakers should look past the hysteria surrounding "Club Drugs," and recognize MDMA for what it is: an...