Ecstasy: Hope or Hallucination?

Is it possible that an illegal drug capable can actually offer hope?

BY: Ranya Elguendy


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So, how can a drug responsible for causing such heartache among family members possibly find itself at the heart of something seemingly so good? According to John Gordon, professor of cellular immunology at the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom, researchers have created hope in the form of revamped methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MMDA) “analogues” that are reported to be 100 times more powerful against lymphoma cells, and another one that is even 1,000 times stronger than the original.

The result

Basically, a kicked up, albeit chemically-engineered, version of ecstasy that has been created with the purpose of destroying the cells of such cancers as lymphoma, leukemia and myeloma.Scientists have long known that ecstasy and other MMDA drugs that similarly affect the brain could possibly hold the long-awaited key to curing a disease that has a history of ravaging bodies, cutting lives too short, and devastating families. In fact, it has also been reported that antidepressants such as Prozac may also contain the properties necessary to keep blood cancer cells from growing. The down side In order to use these drugs for the purpose of killing cancer cells, the dosages would have to be so high that they would actually end up killing the patient instead. However, knowing the lethal level of the drug has provided researchers with a glimmer of hope and also served as the springboard they needed in order to revamp the drug, lower its toxicity level, and make it safe to use in this regard.

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