The History of MDMA - With Dr Torsten Passie and Ben Clayden - The Psychedelic Frontiers Podcast Ep.8

Psychedelic Frontiers: Bridging Science, Medicine and Consciousness

Jun 15 2023 • 50 mins

Recent statistics have shown that more than 100 million people on the planet have used MDMA, making it the second most popular drug worldwide. Commonly reported effects include altered sensations, increased energy, empathy and pleasure. Since its discovery, MDMA has garnered significant interest both from recreational users as a party drug, as well as from the medical and therapeutic communities as a possible therapeutic tool. Today, on the Psychedelic Frontiers podcast (formerly the Psychedelics in Medicine Podcast), we’ll take a deep dive into the rich history of MDMA.

Dr Passie is a German psychiatrist, professor at Hannover Medical School and is an expert in altered states of consciousness and psychedelic drugs. He has very recently published a book titled ‘The History of MDMA’ with Oxford University Press, the first-ever comprehensive history of MDMA. MDMA has had a complex often misunderstood and multilayered history. The book provides a deeper and more differentiated understanding of MDMA and its history, drawing partially on personal interviews with most of the people significant in the history of MDMA.

Ben Clayden, the creator and owner is currently studying for an MSci in Natural Sciences specialising in Neuroscience at the University of York. Alongside the podcast, he is the co-chair for Drug Sciences Student Society Network, as well as the president of his universities Drug Science Society. He has a key interest in neuropsychopharmacology, particularly related to the neural correlates of consciousness and altered states of consciousness.


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