Ecstasy is another name for MDMA, which stands for methylenedioxymethamphetamine). It’s a stimulant drug that’s typically used as a party drug. Also known as E, Eckies, Pills, Bikkies, Pingers, Molly, and Flippers, Ecstasy can be purchased in capsules, powder, or crystal form. The drug comes in different sizes and colours, and many come imprinted with a symbol or picture.
MDMA has both hallucinogenic and stimulant properties and is a derivative of the compounds amphetamine and methamphetamine. Just like amphetamines, MDMA can cause stimulation, and when taken in higher doses it can have a hallucinogenic effect.
As an empathogen, Ecstasy typically increases the user’s feelings of compassion and empathy towards other people.
Important Facts About Ecstasy
While we know that Ecstasy contains the drug MDMA, many tablets sold as Ecstasy contain no MDMA at all, some have just a small amount, while others have large amounts of MDMA. Some manufacturers use other drugs and “fillers” such as caffeine, aspirin, ketamine, and chalk in their ecstasy tablets. For this reason, it’s almost impossible to know what effects users can expect after taking Ecstasy, or indeed just how dangerous the side effects might be.
Other Dangers Associated with Ecstasy Use
- Injecting ecstasy can severely damage the body’s organs, resulting in blocked and/or inflamed blood vessels, blood poisoning, and abscesses.
- Snorting ecstasy can produce sores and burns on the membrane lining the interior of the nose;
- If the user injects into tissue or an artery, bacterial infections can also occur. This could cause vein collapse, damage the heart valves, infection at the injection site, bruising, or more serious injuries.
- There are a range of mental health issues that may result from using ecstasy, and these effects will depend on the particular person (their health, mood, size, previous drug experience, gender, personality, expectations, whether other drugs have been taken, and whether the person has consumed food); the drug (its purity, the amount used, whether it is swallowed, smoked, injected, or snorted, and how often it is used); and the place (whether the person is on his or her own, whether they are using with friends, whether they are at work, at home, or before driving)
How Can You Be Sure of What You’re Taking?
The simple answer to this question is: “You can’t”. There is no guarantee ever that the powder, liquid, or pill you’re taking actually contains what it’s supposed to. Further, you simply don’t know how you will react to a particular dose of a particular drug, because everyone is different.
Take Care of Your Brain
No-one would willingly damage their brain, yet we know that ecstasy can adversely affect your brain long after it’s been taken. Studies show that ecstasy can, and does, cause brain problems, with mood, thinking, judgement, and memory being adversely affected.
Take Care of Yourself!
If you still want to try a drug, try a small amount to start with, and don’t consider taking any more until you’ve waited at least an hour to see what effect it has on you. Keep in mind that some drugs found in ecstasy have a delayed effect, which means that if you think it’s not working and you top up too soon, you could overdose.
It’s very important that you stay hydrated if you have taken ecstasy. You need to cool down, so take regular breaks from dancing and other strenuous activities.
If you have taken a drug and you’re beginning to feel unwell, you must start looking after yourself. If you need help, ask for it! If the problem persists, or gets worse, you probably need medical help. Remember, you won’t be reported to the police, so don’t risk your life.
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