MDMA is an abbreviation for the chemical
Its slang name is 'ecstasy'.
Why not call it ecstasy, then?
We prefer to use the term MDMA, because the term 'ecstasy' refers to many
different substances. See the section on adulterants for more.
Also, the name doesn't really the fit. The drug doesn't make you feel
good or "high" in the way that, say, cocaine or heroin do. In fact, it
is rumored that the original street name was "empathy", which is a much
better fit, but was determined to not be as marketable.
Why do I care about MDMA?
If you are here, it's probably because you're curious about this substance
an its effects on humans (maybe you, or someone you know). This site is
an attempt to present some unbiased, user-level views on MDMA.
But aren't drugs bad?
Most Americans, and to a lesser extent folks around the world, have been
bombarded with anti-drug propaganda their entire lives. This propaganda
varies from heavily-slanted information to outright lies, and fails to
even explain why our society believes there is such a strong line drawn
between legal and illegal drugs. (In reality, they are not as different
as we are led to believe.) More freedom of information, and especially
the internet, have allow more real information to come into the hands of
the people, so that they may make their own judgments about the
place of perception-altering chemicals, both legal and illegal.