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How dangerous is Ecstasy? Are the herbal substitutes any safer?
Good question. Unfortunately, it’s so hard to categorically say how dangerous any particular drug is; there are so many variables. For example, aspirin can be deadly to some people. If pharmaceuticals are risky, you can be sure that street drugs are way more so, because you never know how adulterated they are due to careless processing.
Simply put, everything we ingest comes with some risk. The spinach salad you’ll have for lunch could kill you. Inevitably, it comes down to the individual. Is the alleged thrill worth the risk? Sometimes that’s an easier call than at other times. My rule of thumb is the more organic the substance and the fewer chemicals involved the better. But there’s always the possibility that a person will have an adverse reaction to even the purest most organic active ingredient. So beware.
Ecstasy is an amphetamine that has been chemically altered to give it its hallucinogenic property. Researchers believe it is potentially toxic to the brain and persistent use can cause serious liver damage. At the same time, ecstasy is being used to help ease dying cancer patients deal with the end of life.
So-called herbal substitutes consist of a variety of compounds. Some of which have been associated with liver inflammation. All of these substitutes have some sort of compound that causes what is known as sympathetic stimulation, because it stimulates the sympathetic nervous system. This results in a state of heightened excitability. Specifically, they increase heart rate, body temperature, and blood pressure, and have an effect on muscle tone. This is the same phenomenon that causes a sense of hyper-alertness or the fight or flight response. Of course one can say the same about caffeine. Regardless of what the compound is, when you alter your normal physiology and cause excessive stimulation, there will be a price pay.
Drugs, like sex, allow us to transcend ourselves. At their best, they distract us form the ordinary day-to-day stuff so that we can focus on what’s happening right in the moment. Both drugs and sex can give us a peak experiences, but they can also devastate. Our ego boundaries go down, but that can leave us vulnerable at best and paranoid at worst. We can have a heightened sense of connectedness, or a keen sense of isolation.
If it’s a good sex or drug trip, we want to chase the experience longer than we should. We go to great lengths to postpone the return to the humdrum of daily live. This relentless pursuit, more often than not, leads us out of bliss and into despair. Just ask the addict that is looking for just one more hit.
Some people report that ecstasy increases their self-confidence and their ability to connect with others. It can make sex seem otherworldly. But ecstasy, while increasing our desire for sex, also diminishes our ability to perform. There’s nothing more frustrating than wanting to fuck, but being unable to because of a limp dick.
That’s why lots of party boys mix drugs like Viagra, or another erection educing pharmaceuticals with their Ex. However, this can be a fatal combination. Also, men under the influence are much more likely to think with their dicks, which is a prescription for risky sex. Sex under the influence can also get a whole lot rougher than one anticipates, because we’re unable to process physical sensations like normal.
Finally, there’s the basic law of physics. What goes up must come down. Remember, the higher the high, the lower the low. Count on it!
I want to surprise my BF with a special anniversary dinner. We’ve been dating for two whole years and just moved in together. I want to make something special and sexy. Got any ideas?
Ahhh yes, as we all know, the fastest way to a man’s heart is through his stomach…or is it his zipper? Well, whatever! I’m assuming that you want this little repast to be a prelude to some hot monkey sex, right? I love the sound of that! In ever culture I know of, sex and food have always been intimately linked.
There are a variety of foods that arouse feelings of love and that do wonders for one’s romantic life, at least according to one or another culture. Everything from black beans to cabbage, from bananas and strawberries to oysters; all have been reported to stir amorous feeling in the consumer. Are they true aphrodisiacs? Who knows? Maybe it’s the combination of the loving preparation, the mutual enjoyment and feelings of being full and satisfied that is the big turn on.
People first sought aphrodisiacs as a remedy for various sexual difficulties, especially performance anxiety. Aphrodisiacs are also thought to boost both male and female potency. In ancient times nutrition was always an issue. Food hasn’t always been as available as it is today. And of course, nothing pulls the plug on the libido like malnutrition. And hunger radically reduces fertility rates.
Our forbearers believed that anything in nature that looked like or represented the male seed, such as bulbs, eggs, snails were considered to have sexual powers. Other types of foods were considered stimulating because they physically resembled genitalia.
Here are a few things to consider as you plan your menu. Greeks and Romans believed aniseed had special powers. Sucking on the seeds is said to increases your desire. Or maybe it just freshened the breath enough to get close enough to fuck.
Asparagus has a phallic shape. It’s also fun to feed your lover. Steamed spears in a pungent lemon dipping sauce will make for a sensuous experience.
Almonds have been a symbol of fertility throughout the ages. The aroma is thought to induce passion in a female. Arugula or “rocket” has been considered an aphrodisiac since the first century A.D. This ingredient was added to grated orchid bulbs and parsnips and also combined with pine nuts and pistachios for a full-on erotic feast. Try an Arugula salad or use it in a pasta sauce with basil another herb said to stimulate the sex drive and boost fertility.
The Aztecs called the avocado tree the “testicle tree” for obvious reasons. The fruit hanging in pairs, as it does, resembles a man’s balls. Serve this fruit with its sensuous texture in slices with a small amount of Balsamic vinegar and freshly ground pepper.
The Aztecs referred to chocolate as the “nourishment of the Gods”. Chocolate contains chemicals thought to effect neurotransmitters in the. It also contains more antioxidants than does red wine. Here’s a tip, combine the two. Have a glass of Cabernet with a bit of dark chocolate for dessert.
Carrots are believed to be a stimulant to the male. The phallic shape has long been associated with stimulation since ancient times. Early Middle Eastern royalty used carrots as an aid to their seductions.
The book of The Arabian nights tells a tale of a merchant who had been childless for 40 years and but was cured by a concoction that included coriander. Cilantro is also known as an “appetite” stimulant.
Fennel, like anise, was found to be a source of natural plant estrogens. Use of fennel as an aphrodisiac dates back to the ancient Egyptians.
An open fig looks like a vagina. And traditionally it is thought of as sexual stimulant. A man breaking open a fig and eating it in front of his lover is a powerful erotic act. Serve fresh ripe figs in a bowl of cool of water as they do in Italy. Be sure to eat with your fingers!
The ‘heat’ in garlic is said to stir sexual desires. Garlic has been used for centuries to cure everything from the common cold to heart ailments.
Ginger root raw, cooked, pickled or crystallized is a powerful stimulant to the circulatory system. And what is good sex if it isn’t all about healthy blood flow?
The Egyptian believed that honey was a cure for sterility and impotence. Medieval seducers plied their partners with Mead, a fermented drink made from honey. Lovers on their “Honeymoon” drank mead and it was thought to “sweeten” the marriage.
Chewing on bits of licorice root is said to enhance love and lust. It is particularly stimulating to women. Mustard, maybe because of its bite, is believed to stimulate the sex glands and increase desire. Chinese women prize nutmeg as an aphrodisiac. In quantity nutmeg can also produce a hallucinogenic effect.
Zinc is a key mineral necessary to maintaining male potency. Zinc is also reported to heighten sexual performance in both women and men. An essential good mood nutrient, it triggers the feel-good brain chemical serotonin. Pine nuts are rich in zinc. They have been used to stimulate the libido as far back as medieval times.
Pineapple is rich in vitamin C and is used in the homeopathic treatment for impotence. Raspberries and strawberries are perfect finger foods for hand feeding your lover. Both of these luscious fruits are described in erotic literature as fruit nipples.
Tomatoes, known as the “love apple” are considered love food, because they have great nutritional value and their acidity is considered a sex stimulant.
The scent and flavor of vanilla is believed to increase lust. Fill tall Champagne glasses to the rim and add a vanilla bean for a heady, bubbly treat.
Eating is so much more than just chewing and swallowing. So don’t forget about the presentation. Food that is colorful and attractive to the eye gets one in a good mood. The smell of the food cooking exhilarates the senses and sets in motion feelings of arousal.
Good luck ya’ll