Psychology

MDMA might be able to improve your already loving relationship, suggests Yale ethicist

“Big Tobacco, Big Pharma, and Big Industry are going to try to monetize literally anything that they can. And so there’s a sense in which this is a wider, or deeper, or more intractable problem than just thinking about these particular drugs that we’re now discussing.”

With a drug like MDMA, what’s interesting is it certainly is acting on the brain. There’s no doubt about that. MDMA causes the release of a large amount of serotonin. And that has a certain subjective way that it feels. A lot of people report that it feels to them like they felt when they experienced love in a non-drug altered state. On the other hand, there are those who say, ‘Well, if this so-called feeling of love came about because you ingested a chemical substance, then surely it’s not as real as the real thing.’ And so what we’re now seeing is a way of thinking, ‘Is there some grounding to this relationship? Does the couple have a connection that’s worth restoring?’ They know each other. It’s not like inventing love out of whole cloth. And then, could MDMA be used as a kind of aid or a supplement to an already existing, authentic loving relationship, just to help it improve in its quality, rather than conjured out of thin air?”

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MDMA might be able to improve your already loving relationship, suggests Yale ethicist
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