What Is MDA? Everything To Know About The  ‘Love Drug’

MDA (also known as Sally, Sass, and Sassafras) is a psychoactive drug belonging to the amphetamine family.

The names Sass and Sassafras refer to the fact that MDA, like MDMA, comes from the oil of the sassafras plant in the illicit manufacturing of the drug.

What Is MDA? A Brief History

The German chemists C. Mannich and W. Jacobsohn first synthesized MDA (chemical name: 3,4-Methylenedioxyamphetamine) in 1910.

This means the drug is actually older than the more well-known and popular drug MDMA, which was first synthesized by the German chemist Anton Köllisch in 1912.

The American tennis player Harold Blauer died in January 1953 after MKUltra experimenters injected him with 450 mg of MDA, without his knowledge or consent.

A Controversial Past

Between 1963 and 1964, the drug appeared on the recreational drug scene. By that time, MDA was inexpensive and readily available as a research chemical for anyone to buy.

What Kind Of Drug Is MDA?

MDA belongs to the amphetamine family of drugs, which also includes MDMA, amphetamine, methamphetamine, and dextroamphetamine (used in the treatment of ADHD).

The Effects Of MDA

MDA can promote feelings of the following. – Closeness – Affection – Empathy

The emotional effects of the drug include the below.

– Euphoria – Extreme pleasure – Excitement – Confidence

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