Using a two-lever, food-motivated discrimination procedure, eight male rats were trained to discriminate 1.5 mg/kg of racemic 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA) from its vehicle, distilled water. Once trained, the rats demonstrated a dose-related decrease in discriminative performance after administration of lower doses of MDMA (ED50 = 0.27 mg/kg). Racemic MDMA-stimulus generalization occurred with both isomers of MDMA with the ED50 of the (+) isomer calculated as 0.50 mg/kg and for the (-) isomer being 1.07. Time-course data indicate that racemic MDMA has a peak effect from 20-60 min post-injection with a declining effect from 120-240 min. This time-course closely resembles that observed by subjective reports in human abusers and, together with previous data, would indicate that the discriminative paradigm would be useful in investigations as to the neurochemical effects of MDMA.