Opioids are, along with obesity, diabetes and heart disease what I call 'the triumvirate of nutritional diseases', a deadly medley of self-inflicted illnesses. Over the millennia the opium poppy plant (papaver somniferum) has been used by every culture to relieve pain and instill euphoria. The poppy contains medicinal molecules. They are buried in its fibers. They aren't solitary molecules, instead they a group or really a library of compounds. But…
     Cocaine and amphetamines are psychic stimulants that alter behavior by prolonging the actions of neurotransmitter. Cocaine is a natural botanical alkaloid. It is obtained from the coca plant and its mechanism of action is to prolong the effect of dopamine, the “good-feeling” compound. Cocaine is obtained from the leaves of Erythoxylon cocca, and Erythroxylon novogranatense.  These trees are native to the north central Andes while the coca plants…
 MDMA (3,4-methylene dioxy-N-methy amphetamine) is a street drug in the amphetamine class of drugs. MDMA, also known as ecstasy, E, X, or XTC, usually referrs to its pill form, which includes possible adulterants. MDMA crystaline powder is known as Molly and is reputed to be a purer form.   MDMA induces a sense of euphoria and diminished anxiety. Clinical trials involving the therapeutic potential of MDMA for post-traumatic stress disorder…