By: Joe Guzman and Jane Leighton
What is Herbal Ecstasy?
Ecstasy/MDMA is an imitating natural drug that changes your normal behavior awareness of your surroundings. It is a hallucinogen and, like a stimulant, it can cause feelings of exaggerated energy, happiness, emotional warmth, and distorted senses of time and awareness.This drug is mostly present during the night scene since it is commonly used at nightclubs and in all night raves. However, the drug can affect a range of people if they are exposed to it and is commonly referred to as Molly. Ecstasy was originally named 3,4-methylenedioxy-N-methylamphetamine and was patented by Merck pharmaceuticals in 1914. The drug didn't become popular until the 1970s when psychotherapists began giving it to patients to get them to open up. It began to hit the nightclub scene in the 80s the early 90s where it became preferred the drug at raves. Herbal ecstasy, however, receives less attention and is marketed as a safe alternative to normal ecstasy. Herbal ecstasy is a plant based product that was created as a natural and legal alternative to ecstasy. Instead of the blend of synthetic ingredients found in ecstasy, the drug contains ephedra which is a natural stimulant that enhances energy, but still has dangerous effects.
Herbal Ecstasy and Medicine
Herbal ecstasy is not used in medicine although its main ingredient, ephedra, is used in over the counter weight loss medications and energy supplements. However, the FDA released a warning in 2004 regarding the dangers that accompany the use of ephedra-containing products.
How is Herbal Ecstasy Administered?
Effects of Herbal Ecstasy
The effects of Herbal ecstasy are:
- Feeling giddy, agitated, hyperactive, restless or confused
- Shortness of breath
- Rapid heart beat
- Pale skin
- Chest pain
- Nausea or vomiting
- Urinary retention
- Blurred vision
- Muscle cramping
These short term effects typically last for three to six hours, however, additional doses are commonly taken once the effects begin to wear off. Continued use of the drug can result in more serious effects such as high blood pressure, irregular heart rhythm, heart attack, seizure, stroke, kidney, liver, or heart failure, and even death (Trusted Teen Treatment, 1).
Herbal Ecstasy and the Brain
What is the Tolerance/Withdrawal/Overdose of Herbal Ecstasy?
Laws Regarding Herbal Ecstasy
There are many herbal ecstasy treatment and detox centers that aid in recovery from the physical and psychological addiction to herbal ecstasy. Since the use of herbal ecstasy commonly results in a psychological addiction where a person becomes emotionally attached to the drug rather than have a physical dependency, treatment centers provide a safe and effective treatment process that encourages emotional support (Project Know, 1).
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