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What is Ecstasy (MDMA)? Facts You Need to Know
There are many drugs that anyone can misuse, abuse, and ultimately become addicted to.
However, one drug which has been known to be a gateway drug is ecstasy. Also known as MDMA or molly, this party drug is dangerous and may open up doors to other more fatal substances.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), ecstasy is defined as:
“3,4-methylenedioxy-methamphetamine (MDMA) is a synthetic drug that alters mood and perception (awareness of surrounding objects and conditions). It is chemically similar to both stimulants and hallucinogens, producing feelings of increased energy, pleasure, emotional warmth, and distorted sensory and time perception.”
The rising risks of MDMA continue, as the drug is being combined with more deadly substances.
Ecstacy Facts You Need to Know
MDMA is usually taken in the form of a capsule or tablet, whether orally or snorted if crushed. Gel capsules, pills, and occasionally smoked is also how it is ingested.
Molly is a synthetic drug created in labs from overseas, although a rise in labs has also been seen in the United States.
Common street names include Adam, Beans, Biscuit, Clarity, Disco Biscuit, E, Eve, Go, Hug Drug, Lover’s Speed, MDMA, Peace, STP, X, XTC.
According to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), MDMA effects on the mind are as follows:
“MDMA mainly affects brain cells that use the chemical serotonin to communicate with each other. Serotonin helps to regulate mood, aggression, sexual activity, sleep, and sensitivity to pain. Clinical studies suggest that MDMA may increase the risk of long-term, perhaps permanent, problems with memory and learning. MDMA causes changes in perception, including euphoria and increased sensitivity to touch, energy, sensual and sexual arousal, need to be touched, and need for stimulation.”
Some effects of MDMA include:
- Muscle tensions
- Involuntarily teeth clenching
- Muscle cramps
- Blurred vision
According to the DEA, MDMA can be combined with meth, ketamine, cocaine, OTC cough suppressants, caffeine, and ephedrine. This may lead to undesired effects, especially when abused. Also, when someone obtains molly, they may get “bath salts,” which is an incredibly harmful drug.
If you or someone you know is suffering from a substance abuse disorder, seek professional help now. Call ATSI Rehab for a confidential consultation at 1-855-498-2121