What Is Ecstasy?
Also known as 3,4- methylenedioxymethamphetamine with the initials MDMA is a synthetic drug that makes one feel high with increased levels of energy and pleasure. It is also a well-known hallucinogen that has gained popularity among the energetic population who are well recognized in clubs, rave parties, and hippy concerts.
Users are exploited with the common fallacy stating that the Ecstasy drug gives infinite energy and raised emotions. Mostly, users will ignore the downside of the drugs and how dangerous it is to one’s health.
Over the years, Ecstasy has gained demand beating most of the illicit street drugs. Findings reveal that in the last few years, young people have been admitted to the emergency rooms after Ecstasy use. Indeed, Ecstasy is in the kill list.
History of MDMA
Ecstasy was first manufactured by a German-based pharmaceutical company, Merck in 1912. The drug was then incorporated in the military tests decades later in the 1950s. The drug passed through more research and development and was re-synthesized for use as a psychotherapy drug in the 60s. More developments and addition of other compounds that came with varying effects and risks eventually stopped at MDMA; a recreational drug that first appeared in the streets in the 80s.
Other names for Ecstasy include:
- Hug drug.
- Love drug.
- X, E, XE or XTC.
- Scooby snacks.
How Is It Used?
Ecstasy is in the form of capsules that can be swallowed whole or crushed into powder then sniffed.
What Does It Do to You?
Ecstasy is considered a stimulant for its energy giving effects and a hallucinogen for making users perceive intense feelings, whether good or bad, that are probably not even true. The effects of the drug are felt within 20 minutes to an hour and lasts for around 6 hours. As the first dosage begins to wear off, most users often take the second dose.
You may experience irregular heartbeats, blurred vision, nausea, dry mouth, clenched teeth, and sweating. It makes some users obnoxious and confused similar to a victim who believes their life is in danger. Clearly, Ecstasy alters the brain cells that organize one’s memory, concentration, and clear thinking.
Taking Ecstasy puts one at high risk of heart, kidney and liver failure and muscle collapse especially if coupled with vigorous physical activity such as dancing; in worst cases, even death. It can also amount to convulsions, irreversible brain trauma, and brain swelling.
How Does Ecstasy Affect the Brain?
MDMA in responsible for three brain chemicals’ activities:
Dopamine- It is a chemical messenger that helps control the brain’s pleaser and reward centers regulating movement, memory, and attention.
Serotonin- It is responsible for elements such as sleep, mood, appetite, trust, and sexual appetite. Serotonin in saturated amounts causes raised moods, emotional intimacy, and sensitivity.
Norepinephrine- It is a chemical messenger that increases blood pressure and heart rate least desirable for people with heart and blood vessel problems.
Is MDMA Addictive?
Findings clash on whether MDMA is truly addictive. Some tests and results have revealed that the drug is indeed addictive even though it has been considered less addictive compared to other drugs such as cocaine.