Ecstasy or MDMA Characteristics and Effects

Although first patented in Germany in 1914 as an appetite suppressant, it was never marketed.

In the 1970s it was used by psychiatrists in the USA as a valuable and safe aid to counselling and therapy, until it was banned in the mid 1980s.

Now days it is commonly associated with dance parties and other social activities.

Closely related to both amphetamines and hallucinogens it is often described as a psychedelic drug with stimulant properties.

Appears as tablet (most frequently seen), capsule and powder form.

Preferred administration is by swallowing although there are reports of experimentation by injection and inhalation.

Taken orally the effect will commence between 30 to 60 minutes and may last for several hours.

The immediate effects can be a ‘rush’ of euphoria, followed by a general sense of peacefulness and heightened sensual awareness. Inhibition can disappear, there is increased self esteem and confidence, and improved trust and communication between friends can occur. Adverse effects can include dry mouth and throat, jaw clenching, increased heart rate and blood pressure.

Overdose can result from very high blood pressure, increased heart beat and body temperature (overheating).

Deaths have been reported from fluid imbalance either by dehydration or water overloading.

A ‘high’ can be followed with fatigue, anxiety and a depression which may last several days.

Tolerance can develop with continued use and some dependence is thought to occur.

Little is known about long term effects but it has been suggested that it may damage some type of brain cells.

What are your observations, experiences with Ecstasy?

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