What is Ecstasy?
Legal Status = a class A drug.
What does it do?
MDMA comes in powder form and is usually a white or off-white colour. Ecstasy is technically the same as MDMA but is given the name ecstasy when in pill form or capsules. Colours of the pill ecstasy can vary, and they can be white, yellow, pink, brown and speckled. Ecstasy usually comes embossed with logos and or designs.
MDMA is usually swallowed or snorted although it is rarely injected. It is often cut with other drugs such as Ketamine, Speed or new drugs like BZP (not heroin).
What are the dangers?
Note: the effects of all drugs differ from person to person and will depend on the quantity you take, your mood, where you are, who you are with.
3, 4-Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA) is a psychostimulant drug with hallucinogenic properties. Ecstasy can give you feelings of euphoria & empathy, a sense of wellbeing. When using ecstasy its probable that you will be more talkative and will get greater pleasure from music and dancing.
The physical effects are increased blood pressure, heart rate and body temperature. These effects can last for 4 to 6 hours. Adverse side effects include jaw clenching (gurning), muscle stiffness, eye flickering and a dry mouth which can lead to dehydration. Severe Risks include heatstroke, dehydration, overhydration, teeth erosion, mouth ulcers and heart failure.
Regular use can cause paranoia, panic attacks, anxiety and depression; the comedown can happen for 3-4 days after and can leave you feeling down and irritable. Remember MDMA powder and ecstasy tablets are usually cut with various other substances.
Always replace lost fluids gradually by sipping 1 pint of water over an hour. Remember that drinking too much water can be just as dangerous as too little. It is important to remember to avoid mixing with alcohol as it can dull the effects of ecstasy and it will increase your chance of dehydration.
Is ecstasy addictive?
It’s not uncommon for ecstasy to take on exaggerated importance in people’s lives. Signs of addiction include strong cravings for the effects of the drug, taking more of the drug than intended, and continuing to use the drug despite the problems it may cause.
Tolerance builds up very quickly. This means the more often you take ecstasy, the less effect the drug has. Taking more of the drug may not achieve the desired results, as frequent ecstasy use depletes serotonin and other brain chemicals that give the ecstasy “high.”
There is little evidence to indicate that MDMA can produce physical dependence or withdrawal symptoms.
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