entactogen

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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Among their psychotropic actions, users describe a entactogen effect similar to that of MDMA and a stimulant effect like that of cocaine (McElrath & O'Neill, 2011).
It's classed as an "entactogen" as it induces feelings of empathy similar to MDMA - ecstasy.
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).
LSD and psilocybin are often referred to as "entheogens," meaning "to awaken God within," whereas MDMA is often described as an "entactogen," meaning "to touch within" (Bravo 2001; Smith 2000), reflecting the differences between MDMA and "full" psychedelics.
Identification of a new therapeutic class: Entactogens. Journal of Psychoactive Drugs 18: 305-13.
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).