Ecstasy (MDMA) is a synthetic drug that has stimulant and psychoactive properties. It is taken orally as a capsule or tablet that can be different colors, or be stamped with cartoonish images. Some MDMA users take more than one pill at one time, which is called “bumping.” Ecstasy falls into the category of “club” drugs because they’ve been known to be used in dance club settings for a more euphoric party experience. Almost 5% of all students in grades 8-12 have abused MDMA at least once.
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Effects of MDMA Addiction
Short-term effects of MDMA include:
- Feelings of mental stimulation
- Emotional warmth
- Enhanced sensory perception
- Increased physical energy
- Teeth clenching
- Muscle cramping
- Blurred vision.
- MDMA can also interfere with the body’s ability to regulate temperature, which on rare occasions can be lethal.
Other side effects of MDMA include anxiety, depression and memory difficulties, which can all last for several days to a week (or longer in regular MDMA users). However, little evidence exists as to whether or not MDMA causes long-term brain damage and if there are irreversible effects once its use is discontinued.
The effects of MDMA last for three to six hours. Users might feel very alert, or “hyper,” at first, as if they could dance or party for hours upon hours. Some experience dissociative symptoms, losing their sense of time and experiencing other changes or enhancements in perception or senses.