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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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).
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).
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.