The week after an MDMA experience is often accompanied by depressed mood, low energy, and irritability. These mood changes may be brought about by the manner in which MDMA affects the brain’s neurotransmitters (Parott, 2007). Norepinephrine, dopamine, and serotonin levels increase during the MDMA experience (Sessa, 2011). Nonetheless, the serotonin receptors are thought to be the primary site of action (Vollenweider, Liechti, Gamma, Greer, & Geyer, 2002).
So, when MDMA is first ingested, the brain’s serotonin levels increase. The serotonin levels drop at midweek. After which, they rebound to baseline by day seven. This period of low serotonin levels is when the mood changes can occur.
I developed the following smoothie recipe in order to address these unwanted aftereffects. Though, I must emphasize that the only method of truly avoiding midweek mood changes from MDMA is to abstain from using the substance in the first place. That said, I realize that people will still continue to use MDMA. I mean, let’s be honest here, it feels AWESOME!!!
All of the foods contained in this smoothie have the ability to naturally increase serotonin and dopamine levels. Thus, if consumed each day during the week after an MDMA experience, this smoothie should lead to increased mood, increased energy, and less irritability.
Blend the following ingredients in a blender. Use organic ingredients if possible.
- ½ Banana
- ½ Cup frozen blueberries
- 1 Cup vanilla soymilk or vanilla almond milk
- 2 Tablespoons flaxseed meal
- 2 Tablespoons rice protein powder
- 1 Teaspoon cocoa powder (100% cacao)
Please note: You should only drink this smoothie once a day. For the best effects, use it as a supplement to a healthy diet. If you feel overly depressed and/or suicidal, please seek professional help immediately. Do not rely on this smoothie to address serious mental health conditions. Also, always consult your doctor before taking any food supplements or vitamins. As well, please do not consume this smoothie if you are allergic to any of its ingredients.
Parrott, A. C. (2007). The psychotherapeutic potential of MDMA (3, 4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine): an evidence-based review. Psychopharmacology, 191(2), 181-193.
Sessa, B. (2011). Could MDMA be useful in the treatment of post‐traumatic stress disorder?. Progress in Neurology and Psychiatry, 15(6), 4-7.
Vollenweider, F. X., Liechti, M. E., Gamma, A., Greer, G., & Geyer, M. (2002). Acute psychological and neurophysiological effects of MDMA in humans. Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, 34(2), 171-184.