The undersea and the ecstasy: MDMA leaves octopuses loved up

The undersea and the ecstasy: MDMA leaves octopuses loved up

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By: Hannah Devlin Science correspondent | The undersea and the ecstasy: MDMA leaves octopuses loved up | Neuroscience | The Guardian

Normally antisocial sea creature becomes friendly and tactile after being given the drug, scientists say

What happens when you give an octopus MDMA? It sounds like a question that might flit through the meandering mind of someone who had been dabbling in psychedelics. But now the matter has become the focus of an unlikely-sounding scientific experiment to uncover the ancient origins of social behaviour.

By showing that the normally antisocial sea creature became friendly and tactile after being given MDMA, also known as ecstasy, scientists believe they have made a link between the social behaviours of humans and a species from which we are separated by more than 500m years of evolution.

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