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One of the cool things about writing these articles is that the people around me tend to feel more comfortable talking to me about drugs, and these conversations often provide inspiration for future pieces. After I wrote my first article, a friend got in touch to ask how they could best support one of their friends who wanted to try magic mushrooms for the first time, and that conversation resulted in my article on trip sitting. Talking to several friends about how they’ve benefited from their psychedelic use led me to publish an interview on one person’s use of psilocybin mushrooms to treat anxiety issues, and if all goes according to plan I’ll do more interviews like that in the future.

The inspiration for this piece is similar. Over the past several weeks, I’ve found myself providing harm reduction information for MDMA—things like supplements, dosage, drug testing, overheating, and staying hydrated—to a number of friends. Since I’m already aware of these things, it’s easy for me to forget that these are often things people are unaware of, or are not taking into consideration when doing MDMA or other drugs. So for those who don’t know (and those who don’t know they don’t know!), I wrote this guide to MDMA harm reduction. Enjoy!

NOTE: I tried my best to be comprehensive, but you should always take what you read with a grain of salt and make sure to do your own research, especially if you have questions that remain unanswered in what you’ve read so far. Erowid’s entry on MDMA is an excellent starting point; Bluelight and other drug forums such as the MDMA subreddit tend to have a knowledgeable community and can be good places to ask questions and find information. If you still have questions and want to talk, you can always reach out to me at gonzonieto [at] gmail [dot] com.