MDMA, or molly, as the kids say, is the first drug I ever did and it was definitely the most life-changing. Pre-MDMA, I was an angsty misanthrope. Post-MDMA, I was a hugging, dancing glitter-bomb of peace, love, unity, and respect. Here's the chemical explanation for that:
"The unique feeling of closeness and connection people on MDMA feel with others is because of the serotonin being released in the brain, which triggers a release of oxytocin," Dr. Dragna says. "MDMA is unique as a psychoactive drug in its ability to create the experience of total emotional vulnerability without fear between two strangers."
MDMA was first synthesized in 1912 by German pharmaceutical company Merck, Burge says, and became a useful tool for psychotherapists. "MDMA in particular was used in therapy for PTSD, couples counseling, anxiety... all the way up to 1985, when it was criminalized by the DEA," Burge says. Fortunately (or unfortunately?) the CIA only tested MDMA on animals.