It displays strong stimulant and entactogen
effects, similar to those of cocaine and MDMA (Winstock et al.
such as 3,4-methylenedioxy-N-methylcathinone
It has grown in popularity since another entactogen
- mephadrone, known as Meow Meow - was banned.
Recently banned mephedrone - known as Meow Meow - is also classed as an entactogen
MDMA is an entactogen
, literally meaning "a touching within," for its ability to elicit affective responses including enhanced communication, closeness to others, insight, and self-acceptance.
A synthetic analog to amphetamine with hallucinogenic features similar to those of mescaline, MDMA is often described as an entactogen
(defined as to produce a touching within) for its ability to heighten but not distort sensory perceptions (Gahlinger, 2004).
Identification of a new therapeutic class: Entactogens
Gouzoulis-Mayfrank and colleagues (Neuropsychopharmacology 20:565-581, 1999), MDMA, MDE, and MBDE are entactogens
and are probably a distinct psychoactive substance class with an intermediate position between stimulants and hallucinogens.
AM and MA are potent stimulants (1), whereas the so-called entactogens
MDA, MDMA, and MDEA increase alertness and endurance while causing a sense of euphoria and greater sociability (2).
For these reasons they are also called entactogens
Because of this unusual quality, a new pharmacological category, entactogens
, has been established to denote MDMA and some other chemically-related compounds (Hermle et al.