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How I went from selling MDMA to researching the science of its effects


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How I went from selling MDMA to researching the science of its effects

Christopher Medina-Kirchner used to be a drug dealer. Now he is a researcher looking at their effects, and says society’s views on drugs and addiction need updating Humans 27 February 2020 Jolygon/Getty Images So what do you do? I study the effects of recreational drugs on humans. Our goal is to contribute to the limited…

How I went from selling MDMA to researching the science of its effects

Christopher Medina-Kirchner used to be a drug dealer. Now he is a researcher looking at their effects, and says society’s views on drugs and addiction need updating



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27 February 2020

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So what do you do?

I study the effects of recreational drugs on humans. Our goal is to contribute to the limited empirical database on their effects.

How did you end up working in this field?

I went to prison as a teenager for selling MDMA [ecstasy]. After my sentence, I decided that I would redeem myself by studying the drug I sold.

What are you working on right now?

A study in which people were given up to three MDMA doses in 24 hours. We know that in the real world people tend to take multiple …

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