What is Ecstasy?
MDMA, known as ecstasy, E, or X, is a “designer drug” infamous for its use among ravers and those into electronic music. Heavy users take a dose every couple hours in order to energize themselves at these dance parties. Often mixed with psychedelics such as marijuana, LSD, and mushrooms, ecstasy creates a loving feeling that can cause users to quickly develop a dependency. Ecstasy induces euphoria, feelings of love, and a feeling of closeness with others. Ecstasu is chemically similar to methamphetamine and has stimulating effects. Ecstasy was originally used as a hunger suppressant and a therapeutic tool for treating PTSD. Today ecstasy is now declared to have no medical purpose.
Effects of Ecstasy Use
Ecstasy creates a euphoric high, with feelings of love towards others, intensification of senses, and diminished fear and anxiety. Ecstasy produces an energetic high. Users often have trouble sitting still and require stimulation of their senses in order to enjoy themselves. Ecstasy causes a 4-6 hour high, and a comedown of several hours. Upon withdrawing, users may experience fatigue, insomnia, anxiety, and impaired attention span.
Dangers of Ecstasy Use
Because ecstasy is not legal, and produced entirely by illicit manufacturers, it is difficult to know the exact contents of an ecstasy tablet. Many pills are cut with methamphetamine, ephedrine, LSD, or caffeine. The danger lies in that the user never really knows what they are ingesting. Some pills that are claimed to be MDMA may actually be 2CE or GHB. Not knowing what is being taken can cause panic and anxiety attacks as well as a drug overdose. For more information on the dangers of ecstasy please visit, The National PTA.
Long-Term Risks of Ecstasy Use
Ecstasy has not been studied intensively enough for medical professionals to make a clear claim about its long-term effects. However, some recent studies have shown that about three-fourths of chronic ecstasy users have decreased memory and attention. Also, ecstasy increases heart rate and heightens blood pressure.
Signs of Ecstasy Addiction
Although ecstasy is not physically addicting, its users may develop a psychological addiction to the pleasant effects of the drug. While on the drug or having recently taken it, one may notice insomnia, decreased attention, and increased energy. As users begin using ecstasy at dance parties, a vast array of other drugs may become available. LSD, mushrooms, GHB, ketamine, cocaine, and cannabis are commonly used in combination with ecstasy.
Ecstasy Addiction Treatment
Getting treatment for an ecstasy addict could save their life. The methamphetamine-like qualities cause heavy withdrawals, and may drive a user to use again. Treatment centers offer professional staff to aid the user in their abuse problem, and provide therapeutic support for the individual.