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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735368/mdma-induced-indifference-to-negative-sounds-is-mediated-by-the-5-ht2a-receptor
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K P C Kuypers, R de la Torre, Farre, N Pizarro, L Xicota, J G Ramaekers
BACKGROUND: MDMA has been shown to induce feelings of sociability, a positive emotional bias and enhanced empathy. While previous research has used only visual emotional stimuli, communication entails more than that single dimension and it is known that auditory information is also crucial in this process. In addition, it is, however, unclear what the neurobiological mechanism underlying these MDMA effects on social behaviour is. Previously, studies have shown that MDMA-induced emotional excitability and positive mood are linked to the action on the serotonin (5-HT) 2A receptor...
July 22, 2017: Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733094/isolated-non-cardiogenic-pulmonary-edema-a-rare-complication-of-mdma-toxicity
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Astrid Haaland, Elliot Warman, Illya Pushkar, Antonios Likourezos, Matt S Friedman
This is a case of a 19-year-old male who presented to the medical tent at an outdoor electronic dance music festival (EDMF) due to an altered mental state in the setting of acute 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA) intoxication. He was noted to be in severe respiratory distress, required endotracheal intubation in the field and subsequently developed Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS) without other acute organ dysfunction. He was hospitalized for 5days requiring endotracheal intubation and mechanical ventilation...
June 27, 2017: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722422/first-time-view-on-human-metabolome-changes-after-a-single-intake-of-3-4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine-mdma-in-healthy-placebo-controlled-subjects
#3
Martina I Boxler, Matthias E Liechti, Yasmin Schmid, Thomas Kraemer, Andrea E Steuer
3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA; 'ecstasy') is widely consumed recreationally. Currently little is known about its effects on the human metabolome. Mapping biochemical changes after drug exposure can complement traditional approaches by revealing potential biomarkers of organ toxicity or discovering new metabolomic features in a time- and dose-dependent manner. We aimed to analyze for the first time plasma samples from a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled crossover study in healthy adults to explore changes in endogenous plasma metabolites following a single intake of MDMA...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Proteome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28693371/who-is-molly-mdma-adulterants-by-product-name-and-the-impact-of-harm-reduction-services-at-raves
#4
Sarah Saleemi, Steven J Pennybaker, Missi Wooldridge, Matthew W Johnson
Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA), often sold as 'Ecstasy' or 'Molly', is commonly used at music festivals and reported to be responsible for an increase in deaths over the last decade. Ecstasy is often adulterated and contains compounds that increase morbidity and mortality. While users and clinicians commonly assume that products sold as Molly are less-adulterated MDMA products, this has not been tested. Additionally, while pill-testing services are sometimes available at raves, the assumption that these services decrease risky drug use has not been studied...
July 1, 2017: Journal of Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28681613/the-toxicological-significance-of-post-mortem-drug-concentrations-in-bile
#5
Robin E Ferner, Jeffrey K Aronson
CONTEXT: Some authors have proposed that post-mortem drug concentrations in bile are useful in estimating concentrations in blood. Both The International Association of Forensic Toxicologists (TIAFT) and the US Federal Aviation Administration recommend that samples of bile should be obtained in some circumstances. Furthermore, standard toxicological texts compare blood and bile concentrations, implying that concentrations in bile are of forensic value. AIM: To review the evidence on simultaneous measurements of blood and bile drug concentrations reported in the medical literature...
July 6, 2017: Clinical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28672149/enantiomeric-profiling-of-a-chemically-diverse-mixture-of-chiral-pharmaceuticals-in-urban-water
#6
S Evans, J Bagnall, B Kasprzyk-Hordern
Due to concerns regarding the release of pharmaceuticals into the environment and the understudied impact of stereochemistry of pharmaceuticals on their fate and biological potency, we focussed in this paper on stereoselective transformation pathways of selected chiral pharmaceuticals (16 pairs) at both microcosm (receiving waters and activated sludge wastewater treatment simulating microcosms) and macrocosm (wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) utilising activated sludge technology and receiving waters) scales in order to test the hypothesis that biodegradation of chiral drugs is stereoselective...
June 30, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28661257/recreational-3-4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine-or-ecstasy-current-perspective-and-future-research-prospects
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Andrew C Parrott, Luke A Downey, Carl A Roberts, Cathy Montgomery, Raimondo Bruno, Helen C Fox
AIMS: The purpose of this article is to debate current understandings about the psychobiological effects of recreational 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA or 'ecstasy'), and recommend theoretically-driven topics for future research. METHODS: Recent empirical findings, especially those from novel topic areas were reviewed. Potential causes for the high variance often found in group findings were also examined. RESULTS AND CONCLUSIONS: The first empirical reports into psychobiological and psychiatric aspects from the early 1990s concluded that regular users demonstrated some selective psychobiological deficits, for instance worse declarative memory, or heightened depression...
June 1, 2017: Journal of Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28659160/inhibition-of-mirtazapine-metabolism-by-ecstasy-mdma-in-isolated-perfused-rat-liver-model
#8
Sanaz Jamshidfar, Yalda H Ardakani, Hoda Lavasani, Mohammadreza Rouini
BACKGROUND: Nowadays MDMA (3,4-methylendioxymethamphetamine), known as ecstasy, is widely abused among the youth because of euphoria induction in acute exposure. However, abusers are predisposed to depression in chronic consumption of this illicit compound. Mirtazapine (MRZ), an antidepressant agent, may be prescribed in MDMA-induced depression. MRZ is extensively metabolized in liver by CYP450 isoenzymes. 8-hydroxymirtazapine (8-OH) is mainly produced by CYP2D6. N-desmethylmirtazapine (NDES) is generated by CYP3A4...
June 28, 2017: Daru: Journal of Faculty of Pharmacy, Tehran University of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28657189/utility-of-web-search-query-data-in-testing-theoretical-assumptions-about-mephedrone
#9
Máté Kapitány-Fövény, Zsolt Demetrovics
OBJECTIVE: With growing access to the Internet, people who use drugs and traffickers started to obtain information about novel psychoactive substances (NPS) via online platforms. This paper aims to analyze whether a decreasing Web interest in formerly banned substances-cocaine, heroin, and MDMA-and the legislative status of mephedrone predict Web interest about this NPS. METHODS: Google Trends was used to measure changes of Web interest on cocaine, heroin, MDMA, and mephedrone...
May 2017: Human Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28657185/patterns-of-use-and-toxicity-of-new-para-halogenated-substituted-cathinones-4-cmc-clephedrone-4-cec-4-chloroethcatinone-and-4-bmc-brephedrone
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Marc Grifell, Mireia Ventura, Xoán Carbón, Pol Quintana, Liliana Galindo, Álvaro Palma, Ivan Fornis, Cristina Gil, Magi Farre, Marta Torrens
OBJECTIVE: This paper aims to present results of the analysis of clephedrone (4-CMC), 4-chloroethcathinone (4-CEC), and brephedrone (4-BMC) on recreational drug markets and a systematic review of all the available information concerning these substances. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Samples collected by the drug checking service of the Spanish harm reduction NGO-Energy Control were analyzed and systematic research was conducted. Between June 2014 and October 2016, 1,471 samples with at least one NPS were analyzed, 397 of which contained cathinones...
May 2017: Human Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28657183/a-matter-of-life-and-death-substance-caused-and-substance-related-fatalities-in-ibiza-in-2015
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Rita Santacroce, Claudia Ruiz Bennasar, Juan Ramon Sancho Jaraiz, Federica Fiori, Fabiola Sarchione, Federica Angelini, Gabriella Catalano, Maria Luisa Carenti, John Martin Corkery, Fabrizio Schifano, Massimo Di Giannantonio, Giovanni Martinotti
OBJECTIVES AND METHODS: In the framework of the EU-funded project "EU-Madness," we collected and analysed all the reports of fatalities directly or indirectly related to substances of abuse registered in Ibiza from January to September 2015, in order to analyse the characteristics of the sample, the identified substances, and the nature of deaths associated with their consumption. RESULTS: A significant increase of substance-caused deaths with respect to the previous 4 years has been highlighted...
May 2017: Human Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28654873/seller-s-reputation-and-capacity-on-the-illicit-drug-markets-11-month-study-on-the-finnish-version-of-the-silk-road
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Juha Nurmi, Teemu Kaskela, Jussi Perälä, Atte Oksanen
AIMS: This 11-month study analyzed illicit drug sales on the anonymous Tor network, with a focus on investigating whether a seller's reputation and capacity increased daily drug sales. DESIGN AND SETTING: The data were gathered from Silkkitie, the Finnish version of the Silk Road, by web crawling the site on a daily basis from (November 2014 to September 2015). The data include information on sellers (n=260) and products (n=3823). MEASUREMENTS: The measurements include the sellers' reputation, the sale amounts (in euros), the number of available products and the types of drugs sold...
June 21, 2017: Drug and Alcohol Dependence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642585/how-postmortem-redistribution-of-mdma-in-acute-alcohol-mdma-combined-use-rats-change-under-effects-of-alcohol
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Man Liang, Jing Zhang, Na Zheng, Liang Liu
MDMA is often taken recreationally with alcohol as combined-use. The objective was to determine MDMA postmortem redistribution (PMR) and corresponding effects in combined-style under different storage conditions. Steps were 20%-mixture of alcohol-water for initial 4 weeks to Group-A&B and intragastric infusions of MDMA (150 mg/kg) to Group-A later; in the same time, drinking pure water to Group-C&D first and then MDMA-fed to Group-C. The sacrificed rats were kept under different conditions for 10-d, during which the body fluids and tissues were collected on 15 continuous time-points and then detected...
June 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635375/therapeutic-effect-of-increased-openness-investigating-mechanism-of-action-in-mdma-assisted-psychotherapy
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Mark T Wagner, Michael C Mithoefer, Ann T Mithoefer, Rebecca K MacAulay, Lisa Jerome, Berra Yazar-Klosinski, Rick Doblin
A growing body of research suggests that traumatic events lead to persisting personality change characterized by increased neuroticism. Relevantly, enduring improvements in Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) symptoms have been found in response to 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA)-assisted psychotherapy. There is evidence that lasting changes in the personality feature of "openness" occur in response to hallucinogens, and that this may potentially act as a therapeutic mechanism of change. The present study investigated whether heightened Openness and decreased Neuroticism served as a mechanism of change within a randomized trial of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for chronic, treatment-resistant PTSD...
June 1, 2017: Journal of Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631348/updating-of-working-memory-in-ecstasy-polydrug-users-findings-from-fnirs
#15
Catharine Montgomery, John E Fisk, Carl A Roberts
AIMS/OBJECTIVES: Cognitive deficits are now well documented in ecstasy (MDMA) users with type and relative demand of task emerging as important factors. The updating component of executive processes appears to be particularly affected. The study reported here used functional near infrared spectroscopy imaging to investigate changes in cortical haemodynamics during memory updating. METHOD: Twenty ecstasy users and 20 non-users completed verbal and spatial memory updating tasks and brain blood oxygenation and deoxygenation change was measured using functional near infrared spectroscopy...
June 19, 2017: Human Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612273/treadmill-exercise-alters-ecstasy-induced-long-term-potentiation-disruption-in-the-hippocampus-of-male-rats
#16
Azam Sajadi, Iraj Amiri, Alireza Gharebaghi, Alireza Komaki, Masoumeh Asadbeigi, Siamak Shahidi, Mehdi Mehdizadeh, Sara Soleimani Asl
3, 4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA) or ecstasy is a derivative of amphetamine that leads to long term potentiation (LTP) disruption in the hippocampal dentate gyrus (DG). Exercise has been accepted as a treatment for the improvement of neurodegenerative disease. Herein, the effects of exercise on the MDMA- induced neurotoxicity were assessed. Male Wistar rats received intraperitoneal injection of MDMA (10 mg/kg) and exercised for one month on a treadmill (Simultaneously or asynchronously with MDMA). LTP and expression of BDNF were assessed using electrophysiology and western blotting methods, respectively...
June 13, 2017: Metabolic Brain Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28603026/widespread-reduction-of-dopamine-cell-bodies-and-terminals-in-adult-rats-exposed-to-a-low-dose-regimen-of-mdma-during-adolescence
#17
Cristina Cadoni, Augusta Pisanu, Nicola Simola, Lucia Frau, Pier Francesca Porceddu, Silvia Corongiu, Christian Dessì, Annesha Sil, Antonio Plumitallo, Jadwiga Wardas, Gaetano Di Chiara
Although MDMA (3,4-methylendioxymethamphetamine, ecstasy) neurotoxicity in serotonin neurons is largely recognized in a wide variety of species including man, neurotoxicity in dopamine (DA) neurons is thought to be species-specific. MDMA is mainly consumed by adolescents, often in conjunction with caffeine (Energy Drinks) and this association has been reported to exacerbate MDMA toxic effects. In order to model these aspects of MDMA use, vis-à-vis their impact on DA neurons, we investigated the effects of adolescent exposure to low doses of MDMA (5 mg/kg for 10 days), alone or in combination with caffeine (10 mg/kg) on neuronal and functional DA indices and on recognition memory in adult rats...
June 8, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28601767/pooled-human-liver-preparations-heparg-or-hepg2-cell-lines-for-metabolism-studies-of-new-psychoactive-substances-a-study-using-mdma-mdbd-butylone-mdppp-mdpv-mdpb-5-mapb-and-5-api-as-examples
#18
Lilian H J Richter, Veit Flockerzi, Hans H Maurer, Markus R Meyer
Metabolism studies play an important role in clinical and forensic toxicology. Because of potential species differences in metabolism, human samples are best suitable for elucidating metabolism. However, in the case of new psychoactive substances (NPS), human samples of controlled studies are not available. Primary human hepatocytes have been described as gold standard for in vitro metabolism studies, but there are some disadvantages such as high costs, limited availability, and variability of metabolic enzymes...
September 5, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28597409/progression-and-persistence-of-neurotoxicity-induced-by-mdma-in-dopaminergic-regions-of-the-mouse-brain-and-association-with-noradrenergic-gabaergic-and-serotonergic-damage
#19
Giulia Costa, Micaela Morelli, Nicola Simola
The amphetamine-related drug 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA) is known to induce neurotoxic damage in dopaminergic regions of the mouse brain. In order to characterize how the number of administrations influenced the severity of MDMA-induced dopaminergic damage and to describe the localization and persistence of this damage, we evaluated the changes in tyrosine hydroxylase (TH) and dopamine transporter (DAT) in different regions of the mouse brain. Moreover, we investigated whether dopaminergic damage was associated with noradrenergic, GABAergic, and serotonergic damage, by evaluating the changes in noradrenaline transporter (NET), glutamic acid decarboxylase-67 (GAD-67), and serotonin transporter (SERT)...
June 9, 2017: Neurotoxicity Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28566957/additive-effects-of-former-methylenedioxymethamphetamine-and-cannabis-use-on-subclinical-psychotic-symptoms
#20
Berker Duman, Nilay Sedes, Bora Baskak
INTRODUCTION: Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA) is an amphetamine-derived psychostimulant, usually known as "ecstasy." The long-term neuropsychological effects of MDMA are examined in several studies with conflicting results. The most common findings reported are depression, anxiety, and memory and attention deficits. In addition to acute psychotic reactions observed after MDMA use, serotonergic and dopaminergic toxicities may increase the psychosis risk in the long-term. Cannabis usage among MDMA users is very high...
March 2017: Noro Psikiyatri Arsivi
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