Ecstasy

Also known as: Mandy, MDMA, Mindy, Molly, X, XTC

EcstasyEcstasy (MDMA) is an entactogenic drug that produces distinctive emotional and social effects. It is a powerful stimulant that belongs to the phenethylamine and amphetamine families.

MDMA has a tendency to induce euphoria, a sense of intimacy with others, and diminished anxiety and depression. Many, particularly the fields of psychology and cognitive therapy, have suggested MDMA might have therapeutic benefits and facilitate therapy sessions in certain individuals.

Ecstasy is referred to as a club drug. The term club drug refers to a wide variety of dangerous street drugs that are often used by young adults at all-night dance parties, dance clubs and bars.

Club drugs have become more common in recent years; sometimes people use them to commit sexual assaults. Club drugs can cause serious health problems and sometimes death. They are even more dangerous if you use them with alcohol.

Effects of Using Ecstasy

The most common effects reported by users include:

  • A general and subjective alteration in consciousness
  • A strong sense of inner peace and self-acceptance
  • Diminished aggression, hostility, and jealousy
  • Diminished fear, anxiety, and insecurity
  • Extreme mood lift with accompanying euphoria
  • Feelings of empathy, compassion, and forgiveness towards others
  • Feelings of intimacy and even love for others
  • Improved self-confidence
  • The ability to discuss normally anxiety-provoking topics with marked ease
  • An intensification of perception, particularly tactile sensation or touch, as well as hearing and vision
  • Substantial enhancement of the appreciation for quality of music
  • Mild psychedelia, consisting of mental imagery and auditory and visual distortions

Many users also experience these effects:

  • Stimulation, arousal, and hyperactivity
  • Uncontrollable urge to dance while under the influence
  • Increased energy and endurance
  • Increased alertness, awareness, and wakefulness
  • Increased desire, drive, and motivation
  • Analgesia or decreased pain sensitivity

Side Effects of Using Ecstasy

Researchers have found that there were a number of common side effects and that many of the effects seemed to occur in different amounts based on gender. The top side effects reported were:

  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Jaw clenching
  • Grinding of the teeth during sleep
  • Lack of appetite, and dry mouth with thirst occurring in more than 50% of 74 volunteers

After Effects of Using Ecstasy

Effects reported by users once the acute effects of MDMA have worn off include:

  • Psychological
    • Anxiety and paranoia
    • Depression
    • Irritability
    • Fatigue
    • Impaired attention, focus, and concentration, as well as drive and motivation (due to depleted serotonin levels)
    • Residual feelings of empathy, emotional sensitivity, and a sense of closeness to others (afterglow)
  • Physiological
    • Dizziness, lightheadedness, or vertigo
    • Loss of appetite
    • Gastrointestinal disturbances, such as diarrhea or constipation
    • Insomnia
    • Aches and pains
    • Exhaustion
    • Jaw soreness, from trismus (the ability to normally open the mouth due to one of many causes) or bruxism (characterized by grinding of the teeth and is typically accompanied by the clenching of the jaw).
    • Bruxism is an oral parafunctional activity that occurs in most humans at some time in their lives. In most people, bruxism is mild enough not to be a health problem
    • Bruxism during sleep causes the majority of health issues and can even occur during short naps. Bruxism is one of the most common sleep disorders.

Overdose

Upon overdose, the potentially serious serotonin syndrome, stimulant psychosis, and/or hypertensive crisis, among other dangerous adverse reactions, may come to prominence, the symptoms of which can include the following:

  • Psychological
    • Disorientation and/or confusion
    • Anxiety, paranoia, and/or panic attacks
    • Hyper vigilance or increased sensitivity to perceptual stimuli, accompanied by significantly increased threat detection
    • Hypomania or full-blown mania
    • Derealization and/or depersonalization
    • Hallucinations and/or delusions
    • Thought disorder or disorganized thinking
    • Cognitive and memory impairment potentially to the point of retrograde or anterograde amnesia
    • Acute delirium and/or insanity
  • Physiological
    • Myoclonus or involuntary and intense muscle twitching
    • Hyperreflexia or over responsive or over reactive reflexes
    • Tachypnoea or rapid breathing and/or dyspnea or shortness of breath
    • Palpitations or abnormal awareness of the beating of the heart
    • Angina pectoris or severe chest pain, as well as pulmonary hypertension (PH)
    • Cardiac arrhythmia or abnormal electrical activity of the heart
    • Circulatory shock or cardiogenic shock
    • Vasculitis or destruction of blood vessels
    • Cardio toxicity or damage to the heart
    • Cardiac arrest, myocardial infarction, and/or heart failure
    • Hemorrhage and/or stroke
    • Severe hyperthermia, potentially resulting in organ failure
    • Possible brain damage
    • Coma and/or death

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Just because someone exhibits some or all of the above signs and symptoms does not necessarily warrant that the individual is using, or addicted to Ecstasy. Certain medical conditions may also produce the above signs and/or symptoms.
DISCLAIMER: The information provided on this Website is gathered from visitors to this site, government documents, books, Websites and other resources. This information is solely for educational purposes only, and should not be considered by the reader as medical advice of any kind. Detoxification of drugs should only be done under strict medical and professional supervision. Do not attempt to detox from drugs without proper medical supervision, as it can be life threatening. At the very first signs of drug withdrawal symptoms, you should seek medical attention immediately. If this is a medical emergency dial 911 immediately.

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