Ecstasy causes depression in pigs

Mar 10, 2006

Danish scientific experiments where Ecstasy was adminstered to pigs may help to explain depression in humans abusing the drug.

The three-year study conducted at the PET Center at Arhus Hospital in Denmark showed the recreational drug caused depression in laboratory pigs, reported The Copenhagen Post Friday.

The scientists injected pigs with varying doses of Ecstasy to study the effect the drug has on the pigs' brains.

Pigs' brains are similar to human brains.

"We have proven that Ecstasy releases seratonin in the brain, which we know plays a role in depression," said Dr. Aage Kristian Olsen at Arhus Hospital. "Ecstasy users risk depression given its long-term effects on the brain."

The scientists noted that pigs on Ecstasy lost control of their body temperature, an effect also seen in human overdose fatalities, Olsen said.

Copyright 2006 by United Press International

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nilbud
not rated yet May 29, 2008
What goes up must come down. If they gave pigs beer to drink they'd see the same effects. As mdma is a stimulant it does cause body temperature to rise. This is not the same as "losing control", as if the pigs had "control" over their body temperature in the first place.

More stupid propaganda for the anti-fun fools.
paulo
not rated yet May 30, 2008
yeah but i wish someone had told me how far and hard you can come down..... last time i did an e i wanted to off myself for a week.

it was a fun party though.

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