Rave at Work, Rave at Home.
Known for increasing euphoria, sensory intake, sociability, and sexual drive, MDMA has been a popular party drug for decades.
First developed by Merck in 1912, MDMA underwent years of medical tests before being used by the US Army for behavioral and toxicity tests in the 1950s. In the ’70s, the effects of MDMA were researched in laboratory settings, which helped scientists understand the drug’s physical, emotional, and psychoactive effects in humans, describing it as causing “an easily controlled altered state of consciousness with emotional and sensual overtones.”
In the following years, as psychotherapists and others informally conducted further experiments and spread news of the drug in hopes to keep it legal, MDMA found its way to the streets and became the choice party drug of the ’70s, ’80s, and especially during the ’90s with rave culture. Due to media sensationalization and damning reports from the World Health Organization, MDMA was classified as a Schedule I drug by the DEA in 1985, amidst Nancy Reagan’s “Just Say No” campaign.
Now, decades later, professionals are revisiting the drug in hopes of finding medical use for it.