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Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
Just been having a few more thoughts, hopefully my questions aren't too basic!

1) If the effects of MDMA are caused by the release of a massive amount of serotonin in the brain, then instead of taking MDMA would it not be possible to take serotonin pills and thus avoid some of the side effects? (Obviously not otherwise we would be!)

2) 5HTP - If this helps increase the amounts of serotonin, does that mean that if you take some before (either 1 just before or over a period of time) you get a better high, ie more serotonin released? <IMG alt="image" SRC="http://www.thesite.org/ubb/eek.gif"&gt;

3) If you are going through depression, I take you are supposed to have less serotonin stored in your brain - would that mean you get less of a high from a pill than someone who is 'happy'?

By the way interesting link to read below....
http://uk.news.yahoo.com/010815/103/c1aqi.html

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  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Seretonin can't be taken orally coz it would be broken down in you're gut so this is not an option. Injecting it on the other hand might work but I'm not sure so I wouldn't bother.

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  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    1) If the effects of MDMA are caused by the release of a massive amount of serotonin in the brain, then instead of taking MDMA would it not be possible to take serotonin pills and thus avoid some of the side effects? (Obviously not otherwise we would be!)

    Serotonin is produced within the brain by a chemical known as 5-HTP, this suppliment can be brought in health shops and can help with comedowns if you take it before and after clubbing, remember that it takes up to 2 weeks for the brains supplies to be back up to normal.

    2) 5HTP - If this helps increase the amounts of serotonin, does that mean that if you take some before (either 1 just before or over a period of time) you get a better high, ie more serotonin released?

    As mentioned earlier, you do a short course of them over about a 4 day period (incl. 2 days afterwards) to help your brain re-adjust.

    3) If you are going through depression, I take you are supposed to have less serotonin stored in your brain - would that mean you get less of a high from a pill than someone who is 'happy'?

    No, just because someone is depressed doesn't mean they have low ammounts of seritonin in their brain, it may well mean that the brain is slower to release it, ecstasy releases it all at once and it depends on the person and their mood for what effect they are likely to recieve from it....

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