entactogen


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entactogen

(ĕn-ăk′tō-jĕn) [Gr. en, within, + L. tactus, touch, + Gr. gennan, to produce]
Any psychoactive drug similar in chemical structure to MDMA, the recreational drug also known as ecstasy. Members of this drug class are derived from 1-(1,3-benzodioxol-5-yl)-2-butanamine.
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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.
Recently banned mephedrone - known as Meow Meow - is also classed as an entactogen.
It has grown in popularity since another entactogen - mephadrone, known as Meow Meow - was banned.
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).
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.