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"Sniff The Greatest Sex Drug… Ever " on the Culture Blog
"Is the World Ready for Libido in a Nasal Spray?" By Julian Dibbell in New York Magazine (Google cached copy)
New York Magazine in a recent article says, "Is the World Ready for Libido in a Nasal Spray? Now entering Phase 3 clinical trials: the first real, honest-to-God, horny-making, body-shaking, equal-opportunity aphrodisiac.". Having written extensively on the subject of aphrodisiacs in my book, Ecstasy: The MDMA Story — see page 42-47 (peek via Google Print). I know how hard it is to come by a true aphrodisiac among the many drugs in both the natural world and among human-made pharmaceuticals.
What is this new powerful potency potion? It name is PT-141. Here is basic facts from the Culture Blog piece:
It is the nasal spray to end all nasal sprays, a new and apparently hugely effective brain-stroking libido-licking sex-drive-boosting drug called PT-141 which, if approved and if even half as effective as some of the amazing human trials indicate, will revolutionize sex in a way Viagra could only wet dream and which Ecstasy can only knowingly wink at and which cocaine and cocktails and overpriced sports cars will only deeply envy forevermore. Farewell?
Still good, but you can’t sniff it
It works for both men and women. It is unaffected by food or alcohol. It is non-addictive, easy to use, has no serious physical side effects. It works by opening stimulating grinding against the same channels in the brain (as opposed to the bloodstream, like Viagra) that fire up when you get turned on. It is not Ecstasy, but it certainly could supplant it as the club drug of the new millennium. And it will be here in about three years.
Basically, it makes you horny. Really horny. Take-your- clothes-off-right-now-and-do-me horny. It is direct. Straight to the brain. Bypasses the mating ritual and bypasses those numbing $100 dinners and bypasses the all your annoying complex psychoemotional issues and all the lessons you might need to learn about your sexuality and zips right by the awkwardness of taking your pants off in front of someone new for the first time and makes you wanna get down to it like, right now. Apparently.
When I think of club drug, my mind travels back to the ’70s when Coke and Quaalude disco-lodged that most venerable among club drugs — alcohol. Then of course there was the late ’80′s and most of the ’90s when Ecstasy (MDMA) held sway. Of course Viagra has to be included in this discussion but it pales in the light of its predecessors.
The New York article picks up on this theme
But let’s face facts: A drug that makes you not only able to but eager to isn’t going to remain the exclusive property of the severely impaired. As with Viagra, there will no doubt be extensive off-label use of PT-141. Fast-acting and long-lasting, packaged in an easily concealed, single-use nasal inhaler, unaffected by food or alcohol consumption, PT-141 seems bound to take its place alongside MDMA, cocaine, poppers, and booze itself in the pantheon of club drugs. If the chemical is all it’s cracked up to be, the perennial pharmacological dilemma of the pickup scene—namely, how to maximize the fun when the drinks required to set the mood are always more than enough to dull the senses—would appear to have found its solution.
Well I’m ready! Someone tell the FDA to put this one out on the market.