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7 7 Issue 74 / 2015 GUESTLIST MDMA to be testeD on the terMinAlly ill The class A dancefloor drug is to be used across the pond as a treatment for the anxiety that terminally ill patients feel about dying GooD eGGs: shreD of Decency The Daintree Paper shop in Dublin is recycling anti same- sex marriage leaflets into confetti for same-sex weddings As a referendum on the legalisation of same-sex marriage is due to be held in Ireland next month, No campaigners have been distributing anti same-sex marriage literature. In response to the raft of hateful messages, the Shred of Decency project has begun collecting and recycling these flyers and leaflets "to help get a positive message for marriage equality", the result being "confetti made from 100% recycled lies". All profits from the project will be donated to the Yes equality campaign, so in a way the No group will end up actually supporting the yes vote. The Shred of Decency project are also asking people to share photos of their confetti on social media using #shredofdecency to "help take lies and hate out of the debate." They're even shredding negative tweets into confetti too. The response has been fantastic since the campaign launched, and as Daintree Paper manager Nichola Doyle told The Independent, orders have come in from all over the UK as well as the US and Australia. Keep spreading the love! it's A southbAnk tinG: GiAnt sliDes Giant slides are coming back to the capital, all in the name of art The Hayward Gallery will play host to a set of giant slides this summer, because the Southbank doesn't have enough weird shit going on. The slides are actually part of Carsten Höller's 'Decision' exhibition, which asks visitors to make choices and embrace a kind of double vision. From June to September you'll be able to slide down the gallery's exterior wall, descending from the glass pyramid ceiling to the entrance. Or you can head down the normal way, up to you. According to the artist, the slides will allow you to experience "an emotional state that is a unique condition somewhere between delight and madness." Cool. And if the giant slides aren't enough, Höller has loads of other wacky installations planned, including Flying Machines, which will give you the sensation of soaring above London's traffic, and Moving Beds, which is pretty self-explanatory actually, some big robot beds will basically stroll around the gallery. His slide installation was a bit hit at the Tate Modern back in 2006, and we can't wait to have a go this time round. Over in America, the DEA has approved the use of MDMA in a clinical trial to treat the anxiety associated with terminal illness, due to its ability to induce euphoria and empathy. The drug been used in clinical trials before, including a study of the psychotherapeutic treatment of PTSD, to positive effect. The Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), who are conducting the trial, will test various doses of MDMA against a placebo on 18 participants, who have to have been diagnosed with a terminal illness, have anxiety associated with their illness, and have a life of expectancy of at least nine months. Psychotherapy treatment will also be used in conjunction with the drugs. The MDMA used in the trial is not the same gear swimming around clubs and festivals – this stuff will be synthesised, legally, in a lab, resulting in a much purer end product. One would imagine it'll bring on a greater ecstatic high, and possibly a greater anxious comedown. Brad Burge, director of communications at MAPS said that the arousal that MDMA produces, which can sometimes be experienced as anxiety when used in a recreational context, "can be used productively to assist the therapeutic process." The use of MDMA in such studies represents a shift in attitude to the drug although widespread acceptance of MDMA as a form of medical treatment is still a long way off, on both sides of the Atlantic. As Burge says, "We would ultimately like research to be done that can show us the safest way to use drugs. As long as psychedelics are illegal, people will continue to use them in irresponsible ways, purchase them in black markets and not know what they're getting."

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