What Is Ecstasy?
Ecstasy first came to prominence in the late 80’s and early 90’s as a designer drug linked to the dance music scene. Clubbers took the drug to feel happy, awake, energised and to be able to dance for hours. The drug is both a stimulant and psychedelic. Enhanced enjoyment of tactile experiences, as well as time distortions are other well-known effects of this drug.
The chemical name for the drug is MDMA. Its effects take about 30 minutes to kick in and can then last for up to 6 hours, followed by a gentle comedown.
In recent years, the number of people dying after taking Ecstasy has been increasing. Part of this worrying trend can be attributed to the emergence of super strength Ecstasy and huge differences in the levels of MDMA found in pills. Also, producers have been lacing tablets with other drugs such as PMMA.
How Long Does Ecstasy Stay in Your System?
There are several factors that will determine how long Ecstasy is detectable in the body. One major consideration is the type of drug test being used to do the testing (urine, saliva or hair) as each type of tests works within a specific timetable of detection.
Ecstasy is only detectable within a short time-frame with some types of drug tests. Other types of drug tests can still pick up drug usage up to three months later.
Another important factor that will determine how long Ecstasy is detectable in the system is the physical make-up of the individual. Here a number of variables combine – body mass, physical activity, state of health, hydration – making it virtually impossible to indicate an exact amount of time in which Ecstasy will show up on a drug test.
Detection Times for Ecstasy
Ecstasy can be detected by various testing methods. Saliva drug tests are best for detecting impairment or very recent drug use. Urine drug screens identify drug usage in the last few days. A hair follicle test offers the longest history but can only be used a week after drug usage.
The following is an estimated range of detection times for Ecstasy using the three main types of drug test:
- Saliva Drug Test: Up to 48 Hours
- Urine Drug Test: 2-6 days
- Hair Follicle Drug Test – up to 90 days
For more information of drug tests for Ecstasy, please contact Zoom Testing.
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Zoom Testing is a leading UK drug testing company and a supplier of Drug Test Kits.
This post was originally published in November 2014 and has been updated regularly since.