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Ecstasy : A Comprehensive Look at the Risks and Benefits of MDMA

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Use of the drug Ecstasy, once confined to the teen rave scene and college campuses, is exploding across America, from high schools to upscale clubs. Described by users as the most intense euphoria they know and by detractors as a cause of brain damage and even death, Ecstasy has generated unprecedented levels of interest-and misinformation. Written by the world's leading experts on MDMA, Ecstasy: The Complete Guidetakes the first unbiased look at the risks and the benefits of this unique drug, including the science of how it works; its promise as a treatment for depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, chronic pain, and other illnesses; and how to minimize the risk of illicit use. Whether you are a raver, a concerned parent, or a professional wanting the most recent reports on MDMA research, Ecstasy: The Complete Guideprovides the answers you need.show more

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  • Paperback | 464 pages
  • 152.4 x 223.52 x 30.48mm | 725.74g
  • Inner Traditions Bear and Company
  • Park Street Press,U.S.
  • Rochester, United States
  • English
  • Original ed.
  • 0892818573
  • 9780892818570
  • 423,807

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"The audience that the author is targeting is mostly those in the expert medical field and even users of MDMA/Ecstasy. She states that she doesn't encourage people to use it, but would rather promote its use for mental and physical safety. She feels as if it should be used as a prescription medicine. However, for those that are recreational users, she wants to inform them of the danger from the drug Ecstasy sold in clubs and raves where the buyer doesn't know what is truly being ingested." * Mercede's Blog, Feb 2009 * "It's heartening to read such a thorough and balanced book." * Jon Hanna, High Times, February 2002 v * "The most thorough book about MDMA around, with contributions from a host of physicians, chemists and research scientists. A marvelous, original book undertaken with great care and with a precise scientific appreciation of what chemicals can do when used under the proper conditions and by the proper, sympathetic professionals." * The Book Reader, Spring/Summer 2002 * "A comprehensive tome, this book offers something for nearly anyone interested in substance use and abuse, regardless of their perspective. Overall, a good addition to a comprehensive collection on psychoactive drugs that appear to have both therapeutic and abuse potentials." * T.D. DeLapp, Choice, May 2002 * "In an important addition to the literature, a psychiatrist at Bellevue Hospital who is an expert on street drugs has gathered papers from numerous experts that discuss hazards of the drug and ways to mitigate them." * Library Journal, May 1, 2002 * ". . . this volume makes a strong case for studying and legalizing MDMA for therapeutic purposes, without minimizing the potential dangers of abuse. An important contribution to the literature on illegal drugs." * Eris Weaver, Library Journal, September 15, 2001 * "This is the best contemporary overview of MDMA, one which simultaneously succeeds for popular and scientific audiences. Encyclopedic in its scope, it is at the same time most readable." * Lester Grinspoon, M.D., professor emeritus, Harvard Medical School and author of Marijuana: The Forb * "Ecstasy: The Complete Guide offers a thoroughly engaging, multifaceted look at a very controversial substance. Well done." * Spalding Gray, actor, performer, and author of Morning, Noon, and Night and Impossible Vacation * "MDMA is a unique compound with great potential for positive use. This is the most complete book about it, with much information to help people realize that potential as well as reduce any possible harm." * Andrew Weil, M.D., author of 8 Weeks to Optimum Health, and Spontaneous Healing *show more

About Julie Holland

Julie Holland, M.D., is a psychiatrist who specializes in psycho-pharmacology and a clinical assistant professor of psychiatry at NYU School of Medicine. A recognized expert on street drugs, Dr. Holland has discussed Ecstasy in the Lancet, Harper's, and the Washington Post and has provided expert perspective on the drug for numerous television programs, including the MTV series True Life. Other contributors to the book include Ralph Metzner, author of Maps Consciousness and Green Psychology; Andrew Weil, author of eight books including 8 Weeks to Optimum Health and Spontaneous Healing; Douglas Rushkoff, author of Cyberia and Ecstasy Club; Rabbi Zalman Schachter, author of From Age-ing To Sageing; and Rick Doblin, founder of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies. Royalties from the book will be donated to fund clinical MDMA research.show more

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CURRENT EVENTS / PSYCHOLOGY "MDMA is a unique compound with great potential for positive use. This is the most complete book about it, with much information to help people realize that potential as well as reduce any possible harm." --Andrew Weil, M.D., author of 8 Weeks to Optimum Health and Spontaneous Healing "Ecstasy: The Complete Guide offers a thoroughly engaging, multifaceted look at a very controversial substance. Well done." --Spalding Gray, actor, performer, and author of Morning, Noon, and Night and Impossible Vacation "This is the best contemporary overview of MDMA, one which simultaneously succeeds for popular and scientific audiences. Encyclopedic in its scope, it is at the same time most readable." --Lester Grinspoon, M.D., professor emeritus at Harvard Medical School and author of Marijuana: The Forbidden Medicine Not since the 1960s has the world witnessed a drug phenomenon like the rapid and widespread emergence of Ecstasy. Described by enthusiasts as the most intense euphoria they know and by detractors as a cause of brain damage and even death, Ecstasy has engendered unprecedented levels of interest--and misinformation. While Ecstasy is found across America in living rooms and dance clubs, reliable information about the drug is not. Now, Ecstasy: The Complete Guide takes the first unbiased look at the risks and the benefits of Ecstasy and the real drug behind it, MDMA, offering a critical resource for anyone seeking credible information. From the world's leading experts on MDMA, readers will learn the science of how it works; the health risks associated with the drug; its promise as a treatment for depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, chronic pain, and other illnesses; and how to minimize the health risks of illicit use. Whether you are a concerned parent, a professional wanting the most recent reports on MDMA research, or a raver, Ecstasy: The Complete Guide provides the answers you need. JULIE HOLLAND, M.D., is a psychiatrist who specializes in psycho-pharmacology and a clinical assistant professor of psychiatry at NYU School of Medicine. A recognized expert on street drugs, Dr. Holland has discussed Ecstasy in the Lancet, Harper's, and the Washington Post and has provided expert perspective on the drug for numerous television programs, including the MTV series True Life. Other contributors to the book include Ralph Metzner, author of Maps Consciousness and Green Psychology; Andrew Weil, author of eight books including 8 Weeks to Optimum Health and Spontaneous Healing; Douglas Rushkoff, author of Cyberia and Ecstasy Club; Rabbi Zalman Schachter, author of From Age-ing To Sageing; and Rick Doblin, founder of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies. Royalties from the book will be donated to fund clinical MDMA research.show more

Table of contents

Acknowledgments About this Book Introduction: Medicine for a New Millennium Let X = MDMA 1. The History of MDMA 2. What Does MDMA Feel Like? 3. How MDMA Works in the Brain 4. The Chemistry of MDMA 5. MDMA Myths and Rumors Dispelled 6. The Godparents of MDMA Risks of MDMA Use 7. Medical Risks Associated with MDMA Use 8. Mental Health Problems Associated with MDMA Use 9. Does MDMA Cause Brain Damage? 10. The Legal Status of MDMA Around the World 11. Minimizing Risk in the Dance Community MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy 12. Using MDMA in Healing, Psychotherapy, and Spiritual Practice 13. Experience with the Interpersonal Psychedelics 14. Clinical Experience with MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy Potential Clinical Uses for MDMA 15. Using MDMA in the Treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder 16. Using MDMA in the Treatment of Depression 17. Using MDMA in the Treatment of Schizophrenia 18. Using MDMA in Alternative Medicine MDMA Research 19. Clinical Research with MDMA: A Worldwide Review 20. Giving MDMA to Human Volunteers in Switzerland 21. Giving MDMA to Human Volunteers in the United States MDMA and Society 22. Ecstasy: Prescription for Cultural Renaissance 23. MDMA and Spirituality 24. MDMA's Promise as a Prescription Medicine Appendices History Timeline - Julie Holland, M.D. Statistics Timeline - Julie Holland, M.D. Table I: Studies of Long-term Behavioral or Functional Changes After MDMA in Animals - Matthew Baggot and John Mendelson, M.D. Table II: Reported Neurofunctional Differences Between Ecstasy Users and Nonusers - Matthew Baggot and John Mendelson, M.D. Table III: Memory Studies of Ecstasy Users vs. Nonusers - Harry Sumnall References Contributors Indexshow more

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