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History of Ecstasy & MDMA timeline

History of Ecstasy & MDMA timeline
courtesy of erowid.org

1912
MDMA first synthesized by Merck Pharmaceuticals.
1914
MDMA patented by Merck Pharmaceuticals.
1953
The Army Chemical Center studied MDMA toxicity by giving MDMA to guinea pigs, rats, mice, monkeys, and dogs.
1965
Alexander Shulgin synthesizes MDMA but does not yet try it.
c. 1967
The first small underground batches of MDMA are synthesized. Relatively few individuals have tried it at this point.
c. 1968
Alexander Shulgin begins working with MDMA personally and introducing others to it.
1976
The first scholarly article on MDMA is published.
c. 1977
MDMA begins to be available on the street as a recreational drug.
1977
MDMA, as an analogue of MDA, was listed as a class A drug in the UK in 1977 and placed into Schedule I of the Misuse of Drugs Act, 1971. Equivalent to the FDA's schedule I rating, MDMA is deemed to have no medicinal use and carries the same legal penalties as diacetylmorphine, cocaine and LSD. Possession may result in up to 7 years imprisonment and an unlimited fine, whilst trafficking can result in life imprisonment and an unlimited fine.
1977 - 1981
Only eight individuals seek emergency room treatment after the use of MDMA during this four year period according to the Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN).
1981 - 1985
There are zero people who seek emergency room treatment after the use of MDMA during this four year period, according to the Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN).
May 31, 1985
MDMA banned federally.