The Man Who Took 40.000 XTC Pills In His 20’s

A study from 2006 discovered by NY Mag revealed a pretty extraordinary case. Dr. Christos Kouimtsidis, of the London Psychiatry center had been studying a patien, mr. A., who had reported to be suffering from memory loss and limited mental capabilities. The answer to his issues were found pretty quickly however, as mr. A. declared to have been taking XTC at an alarming rate and quantity during his 20s. When he had to make an estimation on just how much XTC he had taken during this period, he came to a figure of 40.000 pills.

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Mr. A. told Kouimtsidis that he took the drug during the entire period between 21 and 30. Between the age of 21 and 23 he still reserved his XTC use during parties only, where he would take around 5 tablets. If this wasn’t a dangerously high dosage already, he revved up his intake between the age of 23 and 26, by also using XTC during weekdays, around 3,5 pills a day. Things got to a serious head between 26 and 30, when he was reportedly using 25 pills a day. At that point, he recollects, he was regularly “collapsing” at parties.

“Things got to a serious head between 26 and 30, where he was reportedly using 25 pills a day. At that point, he recollects, he was regularly “collapsing” at parties.

The number of 40.000 was used in Kouimtsidis’ study of mr. A., but it’s of course questionable whether these numbers are anywhere near exact. When the patient was put through a brain scan, no visible damage was found. NY Mag concludes with the dubious scientific outcomes of studies on MDMA and XTC:

“But, then again, a 2011 paper published in that same journal found “little evidence of decreased cognitive performance in ecstasy users.” (Though that study didn’t include anyone who’d used anywhere near as much ecstasy as Mr. A.) And the drug has therapeutic potential, too, of course: Veterans with PTSD are increasingly turning to MDMA to help ease their symptoms.

Source: NY Mag