Ecstasy

MDMA

By Katie Peters

What is Ecstasy?

MDMA is an illegal hallucinogen also called Molly or Ecstasy. It is a synthetic drug that affects your emotions.

How is it used in medicine?

Because ecstasy is a drug that slows down neurotransmitters, it has been found to help treat PTSD and other such anxiety disorders. It also has anticancer properties which can help treat things like Leukemia.

Ecstasy trafficing and use is illegal in all 50 states

How does it interact with other substances?

Mixing ecstasy with other drugs can result in:


  • Ecstasy+Alcohol: Extreme dehydration
  • Ecstasy+Ice/Speed: Anxiety, reduced brain function and stroke
  • Ecstasy+Antidepressants: Drowsiness, clumsiness and restlessness

How is the drug administered?

Ecstasy is the pill form of MDMA which often comes in different shapes and sizes. Molly is the powdered and more pure form of MDMA.

What are the effects of MDMA?

  • Increased serotonin
  • Hyperactivity
  • Increased feeling of trust
  • Increased sexual arousal
  • Empathy
  • Anxiety
  • Agitation
  • Chills
  • Feeling Faint
  • Dizziness
  • Depression
  • Sleep Problems
  • Memory issues
  • Attention problems
  • Increased heart rate
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Muscle tension
  • Nausea
  • Blurred vision
  • High body temperatures
  • Metabolism issues
  • Seizures
  • Death

The initial effects of MDMA such as trust, empathy and hyperactivity last for about 4 to 6 hours but the withdrawal symptoms can last weeks. Some symptoms like depression, attention issues and memory loss can last longer.

Tolerance, Withdrawal and Overdose

Tolerance
  • Need for drug
  • Need for same "high" feeling

Withdrawal
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of appetite
  • Depression
  • Trouble concentrating

Overdose

  • Chest Pain
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Abdominal pain
  • Panic attacks
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Seizures
  • Depression
  • Insomnia
  • Paranoia

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Support Systems

  • Self-help support such as Narcotics Anonymous
  • Counselling or psychotherapy
  • Complementary therapies, such as acupuncture
  • Your doctor
  • Residential treatment programs (clinics)
  • Aftercare
  • One to one or group family support

The ecstasy blocks the transporter proteins so the serotonin builds up in the synapse