Ecstasy/MDMA

(MethyleneDioxyMethAmphetamine) By Mackenzie Babb

What is Ecstasy?

Ecstasy is a drug also known as MDMA. It was developed in 1912 and used in 1953 by the US Army for psychological warfare tests. It was used again in the 1960s as a psychotherapy medication to "lower inhibitions" or to make a person relaxed and act in a natural way. Now you find it being handed out at clubs and party's.

These images show the forms of Ecstasy along with an image of blurred vision, which is a common side effect.

How Can Ecstasy Be Taken?

Ecstasy can be taken through the swallowing of the pill or tablet. But it can also be smoked or snorted when it is in its natural state.

Some Street Names for Ecstasy Include...

  • Scooby Snacks
  • Happy Pill
  • Molly
  • Adam
  • Skittles
  • Thizz
  • Vowels
  • Disco Biscuits
  • Dancing Shoes
  • Beans

Ecstasy Short Term Effects

After you take Ecstasy, you can remain high for four to six hours. Some short term effects are the distortion of time and perception, increased enjoyment from touching, eye-twitching, blurred vision, seizures, severe sweating, and many more.

Long Term Effects of MDMA

Some long term effects after using the drug include the impairment of memory, dehydration which can lead to kidney failure, toxic in the brain, sleep problems, drug cravings, and many more.

Dependency of the Drug

Dependency from Ecstasy is likely in nearly half of the cases of users, according to the NIDA. Most use the drug at least another time after they have used it once. It is an addictive drug.

What Are Some Signs of Abuse?

Some signs of abuse are hypothermia, severe depression or self harm, brain damage, severe headaches, serotonin syndrome, and more.