What is Ecstasy?

Ecstasy was originally developed by Merck pharmaceutical company in 1912 and was known as "MDMA." In 1953, the US Army used it in psychological warfare tests. It was later used in the 1960s as a psychotherapy medication to "lower inhibitions." MDMA started being used as a party drug in the 1970s.

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How Ecstasy is used and the effects of it.

Usually, Ecstasy is swallowed in pill form but it can also be crushed and snorted, injected, or used in suppository form.

Effects of Ecstasy are:

  • feelings of stimulation
  • emotional warmth
  • empathy towards others
  • a general sense of well being
  • decreased anxiety
An overdose on Ecstasy can cause high blood pressure, faintness, panic attacks, and in severe cases, a loss of consciousness, and seizures.

Short and Long Term Effects of Ecstasy

Short Term Effects:

  • Impaired judgement
  • False sense of affection
  • Confusion
  • Depression
  • Sleep Problems
  • Severe Anxiety
  • Paranoia
  • Drug Cravings
  • Muscle tension
  • Faintness and chills or swelling
  • Involuntary of teeth clenching
  • Blurred vision
  • Nausea
Long Term Effects:

  • Long-lasting brain damage affecting thought and memory
  • Damage to portions of the brain that regulate critical functions such as learning. sleep and emotion
  • It's as if the brain switchboard was torn apart, then rewired backwards
  • Degenerated nerve and nerve endings
  • Depression, anxiety, memory loss
  • Kidney failure
  • Hemorrhaging
  • Psychosis
  • Cardiovascular collapse
  • Convulsions
  • Death

Where it's found and what it looks like.

Since Ecstasy is an illegal drug, it's smuggled into the country from Western Europe. It's trafficked into the US via express mail services, commercial airlines, and airfreight shipments. There are secret homemade labs in the US to manufacture Ecstasy.

3 Interesting Facts & Where to go for help.

  1. People who use Ecstasy are at risk of dehydration. It interferes with the body's ability to regulate its temperature, putting you at risk of dangerous and sometimes fatal overheating.
  2. High levels of Ecstasy in your blood stream can affect the heart's ability to maintain its normal rhythm.
  3. People say Ecstasy is "safer" than other drugs.