Inspired by the Rat Poisin thread (among others) I thought I'd start this one and hopefully one of the mods, if there are any, can sticky it, and we can constantly add to it over time with any various myths you hear about MDMA and wether they are true or false. To get it started here are a few lifted from Bluelight (thanks to Chopperpilot for the link.) Colour/appearance of a pill is indicative of its contents. Status: Untrue The colour/appearance of the pill means absolutely nothing. A quick search on ecstasydata.org would turn up many pills of different appearances with the same contents; or with the same appearance, but different contents. Don’t have sex while you’re rolling, you’ll never enjoy normal sex again. Status: Myth Supposedly sex on MDMA is so good that normal sex can never compare. This is false. Many people don’t particularly like sex while on MDMA. Many men find it hard to achieve an erection, and almost everyone has difficulty (or inability) reaching orgasm. Sex for them is much better while sober. Even those who do enjoy the sex do not report feeling dissatisfied with sober sex. Ecstasy burns holes in your brain. Status: Untrue Source: Oprah; MTV's Special on Ecstasy, 11/28/2000. Rebuttal: Rick Doblin, PhD – see http://www.maps.org/media/mtvclarify.html MTV presented a brain scan of a woman named Lynn Smith, who had consumed a large amount of MDMA. This brain scan was described as showing ‘holes in her brain’, similar to the brain of an elderly woman who had had many strokes. However, the scan actually measures the amount of blood flow in the brain. The ‘holes’ merely demonstrate a lower blood flow in some regions of her brain. These lower figures are relative, not absolute – they are lower relative to her own brain, not to anyone else’s. Not to a “normal” standard. In other words, you could scan anyone’s brain and get the same results, if you wanted to. Another study, which used more sophisticated techniques to compare MDMA users and non-users, found no significant difference in brain blood flow between the two groups. Ecstasy contains crushed glass Status: Untrue Source: various, including Time Out and Mix Mag (UK magazines). No pills have ever been tested and shown to contain glass. A search on ecstasydata.org would confirm this. When the root source for this claim was tracked down, it turned out to be a dodgy and self proclaimed manufacturer who produced zero evidence to support his claim. Ecstasy contains heroin Status: Basically a myth There have only been one or two pills that tested positive for heroin. A search on ecstasydata.org would confirm this. If someone says they felt ‘smacky’, and blames this on heroin in the pill, they are mistaken. MDMA, particularly in large doses, can "sit you on your ass". Ecstasy contains LSD Status: Untrue A search on ecstasydata.org returns no hits for LSD. This suggests that, if LSD is ever found in pills, it is found very rarely. Hallucinations are possible on high doses of MDMA. However, major hallucinations are more likely to be due to the presence of some adulterant in the pill – MDA is a strong possibility. *Edit by Stiney, Of course there are pills sold containing both lsd and mdma but these are almost alway sold as such because clearly they cost more and there is a market for them without pretending they are just MDMA. Ecstasy contains mescaline Status: Untrue No pills have ever been tested and shown to contain mescaline. A search on ecstasydata.org would confirm this. Mescaline is incredibly hard to get hold of – there is absolutely no way that someone would waste it by selling it as Ecstasy. If someone had mescaline, they would sell it to people who wanted to buy mescaline. Furthermore, an active dose of mescaline would not fit in a pill. Ecstasy contains rat poison Status : Almost a myth Source : Various, including Time Out and Mixmag. One pill in Holland was tested and found to contain rat poison, although this was probably a result of contamination. Reports that large numbers of pills have been found with rat poison in them are a myth. The root source for this myth was the same as for the crushed glass myth. Ecstasy drains your spinal fluid. Status: Untrue Source: Oprah among others. Discussion: A total myth. One of the ways of measuring the effects of MDMA is to take measures of serotonin production. Serotonin is produced in your brain, but also in your spinal fluid. Therefore, researchers have measured serotonin levels in spinal fluid, to determine whether MDMA usage was affecting them. See for example: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/q...&dopt=Abstract http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/q...&dopt=Abstract Ecstasy does not actually drain your spinal fluid. See also Erowid’s MDMA FAQ: http://www.erowid.org/chemicals/mdma/mdma_faq2.shtml The second misapprehension concerned the fact that MDMA causes some sort of drainage of spinal fluid. This misconception somehow resulted from a misunderstanding of research into the effects of MDMA on levels of the neurotransmitter serotonin, which are accessed through spinal taps. It's the spinal taps that drain the fluid, NOT the MDMA. It’s also possible that the myth spread because ecstasy users, having danced all night, woke up with sore backs, and the story went around that this was due to spinal fluid loss. Of course, it was just backache from overexertion. Ecstasy is a mixture of heroin and cocaine Status: Untrue True Ecstasy is MDMA. It’s a completely separate chemical; it has nothing to do with either heroin or cocaine either chemically or in its effects. Pills sold as Ecstasy may contain substances which aren’t MDMA. PMA, ketamine, DXM, caffeine, speed, MDA, and MDEA are all found in pills sold as Ecstasy. Heroin and cocaine are almost never found in pills sold as Ecstasy, and have never been found in the same pill. See ecstasydata.org for more. Ecstasy makes the cells of your brain stem break off and they travel down your spine. Status: Untrue Source: Raver who claimed his doctor told him this No idea where this one came from. There is absolutely no evidence to suggest it is true. See http://www.dancesafe.org/slideshow/ for details of how MDMA affects your brain. Ecstasy Makes you Gay. Status: Untrue Most likely the talk of silly children or homophobes. No evidence exists to support this claim. Ecstasy makes you more prone to AIDS. Status: Untrue Source: Irish TV ads There’s no evidence that MDMA makes you more prone to catching HIV/developing AIDS. However, use of Ecstasy has been shown to be correlated with risk-taking behaviours. These include engaging in unsafe sex, which would increase the risk of catching HIV. Of course, there is no suggestion that taking Ecstasy makes you more likely to have unsafe sex – it seems more likely that those who choose to take risks in one area (such as taking drugs) are more likely to take risks in another (such as having unsafe sex). Please, be careful out there. Ecstasy makes your brain bleed. Status: Untrue Source: Unknown, appeared as a question on Bluelight No idea who started this rumour. There is absolutely no evidence to suggest it is true. See http://www.dancesafe.org/slideshow/ for details of how MDMA affects your brain. Ecstasy will increase your risk of having a deformed baby Status: No evidence exists to support this claim. *Edited By Stiney, Although of course it is never a good idea to take any reactive chemical whilst pregnant unless it has been specifically tested and cleared for use while pregnant. MDMA makes you want to have sex with everyone. Status: Untrue MDMA has been called the ‘love drug’, which has led some people to believe that it is all about sex. It isn’t – it’s called the love drug because it makes you experience strong feelings of love for those around you. It’s love in the emotional sense, not the sexual one. Many people don’t feel any hornier while on MDMA, and many men have trouble getting erections or reaching orgasm. *Edited By Stiney, Although many people do feel MDMA has a strong erotic effect on them and many men and women do report that sex on MDMA is a very rewarding expierience, and many men expierience no erectional dysfunction at all. MDMA in powder form (molly) or in capsules is more pure than in pill form. Status: Untrue It is just as easy to have cuts of various other chemicals in the powdered form as it is in the pill form. The powdered form is simply what a pill looks like before it is pressed. There is some thought that in powdered form it is in fact even easier for unscrupulous dealers to cut it with other drugs or fillers and hence it may in fact be even less pure on average. Taking MDMA just once makes you depressed; and the only way to feel normal is taking more of it. Status: Partially true It’s very unlikely that anyone has had this effect from taking MDMA once. However, many of us have reached this point after taking large amounts over a long time. Abuse can lead you to the point where it seems that the only way to feel normal is to keep taking more. It would take a lot of MDMA abuse to reach this point. Taking MDMA shrinks your penis or breasts. Status: Untrue There's no evidence for this. (Although MDMA and other amphetamines may cause temporary shrinking of the penis, this isn't permanent.) You will die if you take more than five pills in a night Status: Incorrect Source: poster on bolt.com You are putting yourself at greater risk by taking more pills. However, you are still very unlikely to die from taking five pills in a night. This statement is meaningless anyway, as the strength of pills varies so much. There are pills which are tested as containing 20-30mg of MDMA, and others which contain 150mg. So one of the 150mg pills would be as strong as 5 30mg pills.