Ecstasy: Hope or Hallucination?
Is it possible that an illegal drug capable can actually offer hope?
BY: Ranya Elguendy
Is it possible that an illegal drug capable of damaging the central nervous system, impairing the senses, ruining a person’s memory, judgment and coordination–not to mention one that could land the possessor in jail to face a pretty stiff sentence– can actually offer hope in the form of healing to those people who are presently suffering with certain types of blood cancers?
Recent reports indicate that ecstasy, an illegal hallucinogenic drug, may actually contain certain components that could be modified and re-engineered to perform such a huge undertaking that could literally wipe blood cancers off the map for good and take back the death sentence that cancer has imposed upon so many people. Ecstasy entered the club scene several years ago and quickly became one of the more popular illegal drugs among young people. Ecstasy was named in part due to the warm fuzzy euphoric feelings that it produced. Categorized as a methylenedioxymethamphetamine (also referred to as MMDA), ecstasy is a stimulant/hallucinogenic drug. Although now illegal, ecstasy did not always have a jaded past. In fact, the drug was first introduced in 1914 as an appetite suppressant. Ecstasy made a comeback in the 1980s when it was first trialed as an antidepressant. In the last decade, however, the drug has been re-vamped, put into the hands of drug dealers, and has found its way into dance clubs and all night rave parties, not as an appetite suppressant or an antidepressant, but as a drug that has ruined countless young lives.