It is probably the most famous and widely used so-called party drug in the UK. It is the substance most readily associated with the rave scene, taken by thousands of young people in clubs across the country, despite the dangers. It had begun in the drug world but has since extended out to a wider range of people. The substance has gone beyond the dance floor to the front door, across the broader public. Many may not even know the drug by its chemical name, 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine, or by its initials MDMA. It is also more customarily referred to by its street names Molly or, as it is most commonly called, Ecstasy.
It is a synthetic drug often known as E, eckies, Edward, Brownies, sweeties and love doves, alongside other names. Ecstasy is comparable on a chemical basis to stimulants and hallucinogens. It has been deemed the second most popular drug in the UK among young people the ages of 16 to 24, next to cannabis. When it comes to people in the 16 to 59 age bracket, it is the third, following cannabis and cocaine.
It can make you feel a rush, to begin with, and then you feel both energetic and calm at the same time. You can lose all anger and become talkative with other people, as well as experiencing intense pleasure and emotional warmth. You may also feel an increased awareness of your surroundings, while some have claimed the drug can distort your sensory and perception, where you may lose track of time and where you are, which, for many, is partly the desired effect of taking MDMA.
It is generally taken as a tablet or pill, which may vary in appearance, including having coloured pills marked with a particular brand, design or logo. Ecstasy is often ingested as a liquid or taken nasally, snorted as a powder. MDMA is also generally purchased in a so-called pure crystalline powder form which comes in capsules and was coined Molly, short for molecule. Users should know that if you buy Mollys in capsules, there is a chance they may not contain MDMA but something else altogether such as synthetic cathinones or bath salts. The capsule may contain Ecstasy mixed with other drugs, ranging from over the counter cough medicine to substances like methamphetamine, ketamine and cocaine, making for a very dangerous cocktail. This can further increase the possibility of having an overdose, especially if you do not know what you are taking. It is also not uncommon to take MDMA alongside other substances like alcohol and marijuana when on a night out or a binge, which could also have hazardous consequences.
You should be aware of the effect the drug has on the brain. Ecstasy heightens dopamine activity. It is the chemical which gives you energy and works in the reward system to enhances behaviours. MDMA can affect the chemical called Norepinephrine, leading to a rise in heart rate and blood pressure. The drug moreover increases serotonin activity, which can impact on various aspects of your personality. It is the chemical activating the hormone in the body affecting sexual arousal and trust. It can make you feel liberated as if you are ready to open up to everybody. You also feel empathy and closeness to those around you. What’s more, you may lose your inhibitions, encouraging you to take out of character chances, such as engaging in unprotected intercourse, raising the possibility of contracting illnesses like hepatitis or HIV and AIDS. If you have taken Ecstasy, you may feel like the life of the party as long as the effects of the drug last, despite the risks to your health.
The effects of MDMA can last between three to six hours. It is customary for users to take another Ecstasy before the first dose wore off. If you have taken the drug on a moderate level, you could experience a series of both physical and psychological side effects.
If you have taken MDMA, you may face a wide range of problems, some of which are similar to the signs of alcohol addiction. For instance, you may suffer from chills, nausea, excessive sweating and blurred vision. Their pupils may dilate It is not unheard of for people taking Ecstasy to experience painful muscle cramps, their teeth involuntarily clench, and their jaw tightens, among other symptoms.
Furthermore, the drug can affect your mood, making you feel irritable, impulsive and aggressive. It is strangely ironic that, for its fun, party reputation, those who take Ecstasy often suffer from anxiety and depression, along with attention and memory problems. You could become panicky, may lose your appetite and have trouble sleeping. There have also been instances of individuals on Ecstasy suffering a frightening distortion of the senses, for days or even weeks at a time.
If you take MDMA a great deal, it can raise your body temperature which may lead to liver, kidney or heart problems. It might result in unconsciousness, slipping into a coma or even death. There have been reports of accidental ecstasy-related deaths attributed to people overheating and dehydrating dancing too long in stifling, crowded nightclubs, where what was supposed to be a fun night out can have tragic, devastating consequences. It can be a high price to pay for getting high.