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Ecstasy (MDMA) Abuse Information

Ecstasy is the common street name for MDMA (3,4-Methylenedioxymethamphetamine). It belongs to a lineage of drugs called entactogens, which means "touching within." MDA, MDE, and MBDB are other drugs that belong to this category. MDMA was used by psychiatrists as a therapeutic tool before it was made illegal. MDMA is currently being studied for its usefulness in the treatment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Ecstasy has a strong connection with the rave culture, and is considered to be a recreational drug. It is considered to be one of the four most frequently used illicit drugs in the United States, along with heroin, cocaine and cannabis. Common street names for MDMA are ecstasy, E, XTC, X, beans, Adam, hug, clarity, love drug, and lover's speed.


Methods of MDMA Administration

MDMA is commonly administered orally, although insufflation, and administering as a suppository is possible as well. Ecstasy is usually found in pills, or capsules containing it in crystal or powder form. These pills come in different colors, and will usually have cartoon like pictures on them. The normal recreational amount of 100-150 mg is enough to cause a "high", which will take effect in around 30 to 60 minutes and lasts for 4 to 6 hours. Some ecstasy users take multiple pills at a time, this is called "bumping." Rectal administration creates about the same outcomes as consumption, but if the user vomits, the dose does not go to waste.


Effects of Ecstasy

The main effects of ecstasy include euphoria, empathy, self confidence, increase of energy, feelings of openness, peacefulness, love, and heightened self awareness. Ecstasy is known for causing its users to have enhanced tactile sensations, making physical contact with others more pleasurable. Other common side effects can include involuntary jaw clenching, a loss of inhibitions, elevated pulse, transfixion on sights and sounds, nausea, blurred vision, chills and sweating. It is also possible for user of ecstasy to suffer from seizures.

The stimulative effects of MDMA allow users to dance for extended periods of time, which can lead to severe dehydration or unhealthy increases in body temperature. This may cause kidney, liver and cardiovascular failure, along with muscle breakdown.


Addiction to Ecstasy

Ecstasy is not considered physically addictive. Although, people continue to take the drug despite suffering from unpleasant physical side effects and other behavioral, social, and health consequences. If taken too frequently, ecstasy will lose its special effect. The drug can often take on great importance in people's lives, and some people become rather compulsive in their use. It is possible that compulsive users may be unconsciously trying to self-medicate for depression. Treatments for depression are available from a qualified physician and may assist with helping users cease from ecstasy use.


Chronic Harm of Ecstasy Use

There is a great risk for chronic physical harm arising from the use of ecstasy. Repeated use of MDMA may damage the cells that produce serotonin, which has an important role in the regulation of mood, appetite, aggression, sexual activity, sleep, and sensitivity to pain, learning and memory. Also, ecstasy may severely damage the liver if the drug is continuously used. Because the lethal dose is many times greater than the normal recreational dose, overdoses are uncommon, but many people die each year with traces of MDMA in their blood.
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