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Drug Positive


Welcome to Drug Positive with DanceSafe founder Emanuel Sferios and co-host Tatiana Makovkin. We are the risk reduction and benefit enhancement podcast removing shame and stigma to save lives and end the drug war.

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Aug 21, 2018

How was MDMA invented? Who came up with the idea to add a methyl group to MDA, the "hug drug" of the 1960s?  Forget the irrelevant Merck patent of 1913. We found the person who "thought up" MDMA as a recreational drug. In 1975, on a hunch, Carl R. suggested to Sasha Shulgin that they methylate MDA. Later that Summer, they made a batch of MDMA together in a UC Berkeley laboratory, and Carl and his girlfriend were the first people on the planet (that we know of) to try it.

This is part 2 of the secret history of MDMA, and this is the first time Carl tells his story to the world.

Carl in 1975

Carl in 1975

Carl in 2018

Carl in 2018