Christmas Eve, 1912: The pharmaceutical company Merck files for a patent on MDMA (‘ecstasy’)

What is Molly?MDMA (often called ‘Molly’ or ‘ecstasy’) has become one of America’s favorite drugs since the 1980s, when it ‘escaped’ from the world of professional MDMA therapy and became popular among partiers.  Usually taken as pills or capsules, the drug typically produces an energetic high with a profound sense of peace and joy that …

An effort to get ecstasy FDA-approved is entering a key final test

Kevin Loria After veteran Tony Macie came back from Iraq in 2007, he learned he had post-traumatic stress disorder. Macie went to the VA "on and off" and tried the standard therapy. "And then I kind of just fell off the radar, secluded, and did my own thing and got really dependent on a lot …