5-HTP is an abbreviation for the chemical 5-hydroxytryptophan. It is the
natural precursor that your brain uses to create serotonin. By taking
5-HTP supplements you can help your brain restore its serotonin supply
Can I roll again sooner if I take
Although 5-HTP will allow you to replenish your serotonin supply more
quickly, this is not the only factor to take into account. Your serotonin
receptors are just as important, and can only be restored with time.
Although you may be able to roll a little bit sooner this time, you
will end up causing your receptors to retreat that much sooner. See Taking Breaks for more information.
So why should I take 5-HTP then, if
I can't roll any sooner?
In addition to providing some protection from neurotoxic damage in animals
which may or may not be applicable to humans (See Safety Concerns), taking a small amount (100mg
or less) of 5-HTP after you come down can help immediately restore some
serotonin and prevent depression that can occur if you have completely
depleted all your serotonin. It is best, however, if you never allow
yourself to get to this state. (See Dosage) Be
sure not to take more than 100mg too soon after rolling because there is
probably still MDMA in your system and if you have come down only because
of a lack of serotonin, rebuilding it too quickly will cause you to start
Wait... I can extend my roll with
5-HTP? Isn't that a good thing?
NO! It is definitely true that you can extend your roll by taking large
amounts of 5-HTP during or after your roll, but this is strongly
recommended against! Besides the fact that 5-HTP is extremely hard on
your stomach and might possibly even cause ulcers from heavy use, an "HTP
roll" is not very pleasant. During a 5-HTP extended roll users can
experience severe spaceyness and memory loss, not to mention stomach pain
and nausea from the large amount of 5-HTP required to achieve this