Ecstasy (MDMA)

Kenna M. AP Psych

What is Ecstasy?

Ecstasy is classified as a stimulant drug. It is made up of 3-4-methylenedioxymethampheta-mine. It has similar properties to amphetamine drugs, since MDMA also can cause hallucinations.


Ecstacy

Molly, Adam, X, Roll, XTC, Date Rape drug. All of these terms refer to MDMA. Ecstasy is commonly found at bars, raves, or on drug dealers. It can be taken oraly, in a drink, injected or snorted. In most cases the drug is put into a drink. However it can also be a colorful tablet that is usually branded. These little symbols tell you which drug dealer made the drug.


Myth; Many people believe that the color of MDMA clues people in as to what it is made of, this is false! the color is just for the identification of the drug dealer.

Medicine

Ecstasy is used for both good and bad, it is abused by drug users. And is commonly used as a date rape drug. however it can also be used as a pain reliever for cancer patients and can also be prescribed to PTSD patients. It is used because it alters ones consciousness to feel relaxed or energetic. It can also cause hallucinations.


An Ecstasy high lasts up to 3 hours.

Dependance

Ecstasy is a very addictive drug, it can cause people to become physically dependent on the drug ergo making them addicted. The feelings that MDMA gives off can also cause one to become psychologically dependent.


Effects

Short term; Psychologically it can cause feelings of happiness, and a desire to be physically close to someone. Physically it can cause " involuntary teeth clenching, a loss of inhibitions, transfixion on sights and sounds, nausea, blurred vision, chills and/or sweating. Increases in heart rate and blood pressure, as well as seizures".
Long term; MDMA can affect your mood and eating habits. Physically it damages ones serotonin cells and memory.