What Exactly is MDMA (Ecstasy)?

Research shows that ecstasy is neurotoxic, and is dangerous to health and sometimes, lethal.
MDMA is an unnatural, psychoactive drug that is chemically similar to methamphetamine and hallucinogen mescaline.

There are many different names for MDMA, such as Ecstasy (XTC), Adam, “hug drug”  to “Molly”. Ecstasy usually comes in a pill form, the common active oral dose of MDMA is 75mg. Normally, most pills contains under 100mg of MDMA, making the rest an inactive pill filler which can include food color dye, starch or talcum powder. At times, ecstasy can be “cut” with other illegal and potentially toxic or deadly chemicals. It can contain other substances to MDMA, such as ephedrine, dextromethorphan (better known as cough syrup that has PCP), ketamine, caffeine or even cocaine.

Ecstasy is an illegal drug that acts both as a stimulant and also psychedelic, while producing an energizing effect, while creating distortions in time, perception, enhanced enjoyment and euphoria. Ecstasy exercises its primary effects in the brain on neurons that uses chemical serotonin to communicate with other neurons. Serotonin system plays a very important role when regulating mood, aggression, sleep, sexual activity and level of sensitivity to pain. Research shows that ecstasy is neurotoxic, and is dangerous to health and sometimes, lethal.

Dangerous Effects of Ecstasy Use

For some, ecstasy can easily be addictive. A recent survey of young adult and adolescent Ecstasy users discovered that 43% of those who reported ecstasy use despite knowledge of physical or psychological harm, and withdrawal effects, and 34% of those tested met the criteria for drug abuse. Withdrawal symptoms can include fatigue, depression, mood swings and loss of appetite.

Ecstasy increases heart rate, clenched teeth, blurred vision, dry mouth, occasional chills, sweating and sometimes nausea. It can also make users feel very anxious, confused and even paranoid. It also causes direct damage to the brain cells that involves thinking and memory.  Another dangerous hazard for an ecstasy user is that his or her body can simply overheat (hyperthermia) while dancing or any other physical activities, eventually leading to muscle breakdown, damage to the kidney, liver and heart, or even death. It can also cause seizures, swelling of the brain and/or permanent brain damage. 

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