Believe it or not, but some researchers took a few octopuses and drugged them with ecstasy in the name of science. According to this study conducted by John Hopkins University School of Medicine, octopuses on ecstasy become unusually sociable and sensitive, just like humans on MDMA, leading scientists to believe that there might be an evolutionary link between us and those marine creatures.
Renowned for their antisocial and aggressive behavior, octopuses turned into very friendly and kind creatures as soon as the scientists administered them low doses of ecstasy (MDMA). The unusual behaviors octopuses showed made scientists consider that using psychiatric drug therapies in animals distant to humans on the evolution path might lead to many scientific breakthroughs.
For their study, the researchers caught four male and female octopuses and gave them MDMA in its liquid form which the octopuses absorbed through their gills. According to the study, lower doses of ecstasy helped the marine creatures become more friendly and sensitive.
Octopuses on ecstasy become unusually sociable and sensitive, indicating a possible evolutionary link between them and humans
“They mashed themselves against one wall, very slowly extended one arm, touched the other octopussy, and went back to the other side,” said Gul Dolen, the study’s leading author. “But when they had MDMA, they had this very relaxed posture,” the researcher added.
“They floated around, they wrapped their arms around the chamber, and they interacted with the other octopus in a much more fluid and generous way. They tended to hug the cage and put their mouthparts on the cage,” Dolen continued.
What’s even more interesting is that humans on ecstasy are presenting a very similar behavior. According to the scientists, on the evolution path, there could’ve been a link between octopuses and us.
“This is very similar to how humans react to MDMA; they touch each other frequently. The brains of octopuses are more similar to those of snails than humans, but our studies add to evidence that they can exhibit some of the same behaviors that we can. What our studies suggest is that certain brain chemicals, or neurotransmitters, that send signals between neurons required for these social behaviors are evolutionarily conserved,” Gul Dolen concluded.