what is ecstasy

What does it do?

The drug Ecstasy is technically the same as MDMA but is given the name Ecstasy when in pill form or capsules. The pill ecstasy can be white, yellow, pink, brown and speckled and usually comes embossed with logos and or designs.

Ecstasy (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 Benzylpiperazine.

Slang names for Ecstasy are:

  • Dizzle
  • Xtc
  • Superman
  • Rolexs
  • Pink Superman
  • Mitsubishis
  • Mandy
  • E
  • Dolphins
  • Cowies
  • Brownies
  • Molly
  • Beans

In the United Kingdom, MDMA was made an illegal drug in 1977 by a change to the existing Misuse of Drugs Act 1971.

Since Ecstasy is currently illegal and therefore unregulated, anything sold as “Ecstasy” can be mixed with other drugs and contain no MDMA at all.

It is known as a designer drug or party drug because it was formulated to make a person high. The drug is favoured with teens and young adults who frequent clubs, or “rave” parties.  Users imagine the drug will make them feel good and keep them going for days without rest. But people who use Ecstasy don’t understand how dangerous this designer drug is.

3, 4-Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA) is a psychostimulant drug with hallucinogenic properties. Ecstasy can give you feelings of euphoria & empathy, a sense of wellbeing.

What are the dangers?

The effects of all drugs differ from person to person and will depend on the quantity you take, your mood and where you are.

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 overheating and dehydration. Severe Risks include heatstroke, dehydration, overhydration, teeth erosion, mouth ulcers and heart failure.

Regular use and high doses can cause paranoia, panic attacks, anxiety, mental health problems 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 a physical dependence or withdrawal symptoms.

If you or someone you love is concerned about their use of Ecstasy, contact us today on 02072052845.  We offer trusted resources for substance misuse and treatment centres to help you get back to living your best life today.

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Author 'Fiona Kennedy

Fiona Kennedy

Fiona Kennedy earned her Masters of Arts degree from the University of Edinburgh followed by completing the CELTA Cambridge teaching course in English. Since graduation, she has worked as a teacher and writer and personal coach. Coming from a family deeply involved in the rehabilitation and support of those suffering from addiction, she is passionate about helping people to understand and take control of their dependences. Fiona’s other passions include travelling and taking part in community projects. LinkedIn

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