Ecstasy is back. The popular clubbing drug of the 80’s and 90’s is now seen by many young people as the “drug of the moment.”
Use of the drug is still highly controversial. Pure MDMA has been shown to have potential therapeutic benefits, especially among people with depression, PTSD, and similar behavioural issues. Recent trials of the drug have shown benefits in preventing alcoholism.
However concern still exists about the safety of the drug. Ecstasy users are often unsure about what exactly they are buying. Pill testing is not common in the UK and many people still swallow unknown pills, putting their lives in danger. High-strength MDMA pills, potentially containing 250 to 300mg of MDMA, have also been linked to recent drug deaths.
Despite the risk, use of the drug remains steady in the UK and worldwide and drug testing for MDMA remains increasingly important.
Understanding MDMA or Ecstasy
The common name for the drug MDMA is Ecstasy which is a controlled substance. The person that takes this drug has feelings of affection and happiness when on the drug so this is how it gets the name ecstasy. This drug lowers a person’s inhibitions, improves self-confidence, raises the sex drive, and makes a person feel good overall. The MDMA drug has undergone tests for therapeutic and clinical capabilities but the drug is said to be a risk to the nervous system so using it in these medical areas is under scrutiny.
The ecstasy drug is very popular at “rave” parties where there’s a lot of people dancing to music. Law enforcement tends to target these parties to bust those selling the MDMA drug there. If someone overdoses on this drug there can be hyperactivity, hallucination, anxiety and the person could have a stroke or heart attack leading to death. In people that use this drug excessive there have been reports of brain damage.
How long does MDMA Stay in Your System?
To figure out how long the drug has been in a person’s system there’s a need to figure out if it was a multiple dose or a single dose of the drug. Many people use a multiple dose to maintain the high associated with the drug. If there’s a multiple dose then the MDMA will stay in the system for a longer period of time. If a person takes a multiple dose it’s not recommended that they take anymore of the drug as the side effects of coming down from the drug may be severe.
Single Dose of MDMA
A single dose of the drug gives the following results:
- In the urine: there are traces present from 1 to 3 days
- In the blood: there are traces present for ~12 hours
- In the saliva: there are traces present from 1 to 3 days
- In the hair: this will be found in laboratory tests from 90 days or later
Multiple Doses of MDMA – Two or More Doses
Multiples doses of the MDMA drug increase the time that MDMA will stay in your system:
- In the urine: there are traces present from 2 to 5 days
- In the blood: there are traces present for ~24 hours or more
- In the saliva: there are traces present from 1 to 5 days
- In the hair: this will be found in laboratory tests from 90 days later
Procedure to Conduct Test for MDMA
MDMA can be tested for by using regular drug testing methods. A blood sample or a saliva swab can be used. A urine sample can be taken if the person produces urine within a few hours of the suspected injection of MDMA. Saliva and blood samples can be tested for up to 24 hours after the drug was taken. Urine can even be tested for up to 24 hours after the drug was taken but a test during a shorter time period is recommended. If the drug is tested for right away this can produce a more accurate result. The person’s behaviour can also be an indication that the individual has used MDMA.
Urine Drug Tests for Ecstasy (MDMA) are available as single drug tests, which test for Ecstasy on its own. Or they can be purchased as multiple parameter drug test kits that screen for Ecstasy alongside other drugs. Popular multi drug test kits that detect MDMA include the Zoom Testing 12 Panel Drug Test Kit including MDMA.
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This post has been updated since its original publication in 2013.
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