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posted by takyon on Friday September 21 2018, @07:11PM   Printer-friendly
from the Molly-bathing-for-fun dept.

Scientists have discovered that your ordinary, everyday octopus can get "high" on MDMA just like humans. While intoxicated with "molly", an octopus is likely to be more social and friendly towards others, changing from being antisocial to highly social, much like how the drug affects humans.

Human and octopus lineages are separated by over 500 million years of evolution and show divergent anatomical patterns of brain organisation, which makes this find surprising. This may make the octopus an attractive test subject for future drug trials.

In order to test the theory that an octopus is affected by MDMA in the same way as a human, an octopus was submerged in a tank of water mixed with MDMA, and later put into a series of three connected chambers, one of which had a caged octopus underneath. The stoned octopus chose to spend its time trying to play with the caged octopus, in a complete reversal of sober octopus nature.

A Conserved Role for Serotonergic Neurotransmission in Mediating Social Behavior in Octopus (open, DOI: 10.1016/j.cub.2018.07.061) (DX)


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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday September 22 2018, @01:25PM (2 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday September 22 2018, @01:25PM (#738534)

    Now we know we can feed this to muslims and end the wars
    Thank you so much research people where would we be without you

  • (Score: 2) by takyon on Saturday September 22 2018, @02:05PM (1 child)

    by takyon (881) <takyonNO@SPAMsoylentnews.org> on Saturday September 22 2018, @02:05PM (#738538) Journal

    We'll need to give it to Christians too, after they start getting desperate and extremist.

    Is it a one-time application or do you need to get them on a steady drip forever?

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    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday September 29 2018, @12:29PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Saturday September 29 2018, @12:29PM (#741768)

      How about, when Christians cross the line and become crazy they get a dose to bring them back to civilisation.
      There are not that many crazy Christians running around. Especially not killers.

      Do we have enough stock on hand if we applied this rule to muslims?