Ecstasy

MDMA or Ecstasy, is a synthetic drug with amphetamine-like and hallucinogenic properties. It is classified as a stimulant.

MDMA is taken orally, usually as a capsule or tablet. It was initially popular among Caucasian adolescents and young adults in the nightclub scene or at weekend-long dance parties known as raves. More recently, the profile of the typical MDMA user has changed, with the drug now affecting a broader range of ethnic groups. MDMA is also popular among urban gay males—some report using MDMA as part of a multiple-drug experience that includes marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine, ketamine, sildenafil (Viagra), and other legal and illegal substances.

what is ecstasyUsers think the drug will make them feel good and enable them to keep going for days without rest. But people who use Ecstasy don’t realize how dangerous this drug actually is. A big problem with ecstasy is that it’s rarely pure. You can’t be sure what’s in it and you can’t predict how you’ll react. Sometimes, there is no MDMA at all. Though a recent study found that in some parts of the country the amount of MDMA in ecstasy was increasing.

Ecstasy is similar (in nature) to other amphetamines and hallucinogens.  It speeds up the nervous system and acts as a mood enhancer.  Also referred to as “the love drug”, Ecstasy often makes the user feel good, happy and relaxed – at least at first.  Contrary to rumors, Ecstasy is not an aphrodisiac and can actually inhibit sexual performance.

 

Short-term effects of ecstasy

Visual effects

  • Colors look different.
  • Things are very bright.
  • If you stare at something for a while it will morph
  • Milder than hallucinogens
  • Closed-eyes visuals, like dreams
  • Spinning glow lights in the dark mesmerize you

ecstasy love

Social effects

  • You feel very intimate
  • It really does/doesnt make you horny, depending on your mood
  • Its like when you love someone
  • You are nice to everyone
  • You feel really good about yourself, really accepting and loving
  • You feel at one with the world and everybody.

ecstasy effectsPhysical effects

  • It feels great to be touched, you crave tactile sensation
  • Showering feels amazing
  • It is hard to get an erection
  • Your pupils become very large
  • You feel like you want to suck on things, that is the reason why many ravers carry a pacifier or lollipops
  • You stay active for hours, you are not tired
  • Your eyes may start moving by themselves, it is called nystagmus

Other effects

  • Increased appreciation of music

After effects

  • You feel depressed during the come down or for a couple days after. This is because your brain has used up all of it’s serotonin levels and needs to rebuild them. Make sure you get rest and eat well. Take some 5-htp supplements and eat turkey and bananas.
  • You may have trouble going to sleep, but when you do you will sleep a lot because you used a lot of energy

Long term effects

Psychological effects of ecstasy

Because ecstasy acts on both the serotonin and dopamine receptor systems in the brain, multiple dosing affects normal brain function. The usual levels of these neurotransmitters are no longer enough. In a sense, the brain is ‘trained’ to expect the effects of ecstasy.

The same mechanisms that cause the desired, pleasant effects also change the brain’s response to normal levels of these neurotransmitters. The result is that when the drug is not present, the following symptoms emerge:

  • Depression: May be severe enough to require treatment. One hallmark of ecstasy withdrawal is a deep sadness coupled with depression.
  • Anxiety
  • Paranoia
  • Fatigue and loss of motivation: Especially difficult when coupled with depression.
  • Exhaustion coupled with insomnia: Leads to mental impairment while awake, including confusion and memory problems.
  • Cognitive problems: Inability to focus or concentrate.
  • Clenching: Unconscious jaw clenching while awake and teeth grinding during sleep.
  • Cardiovascular failure: Cardiovascular failure has been reported in some of the Ecstasy-related fatalities.

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