Ecstasy Could Be a Cure for Blood Cancer

In 2006, researchers at the University of Birmingham originally discovered that ecstasy, some anti-depressants and weight-loss pills were effective in destroying white blood cancer cells.

However, the doses needed to make a notable effect on cancer patients were fatally high. In order to minimize the toxic effect of MDMA on the brain, scientists from the University of Birmingham teamed up with researchers from the University of Western Australia to retweak atoms of the psychotropic drug.

The additional research produced a modified form of MDMA 100 times more potent at fighting cancer cells than its original form.

Professor John Gordon, lead author, said:

“Together, we were looking at structures of compounds that were more effective. They started to look more lipophilic, that is, they were attracted to the lipids that make up cell walls. This would make them more ‘soapy’ so they would end up getting into the cancer cells more easily and possibly even start dissolving them. By knowing this we can theoretically make even more potent analogues of MDMA and eventually reach a point where we will have in our drug cabinet the most potent form we could.”

Ecstasy is a drug that produces distinctive emotional and social effects and is commonly linked to dance parties.