Ecstasy is one of the most common names of the drug called MDMA or methylenedioxymethamphetamine, a stimulant. It is a psychoactive drug that are usually taken for the experience that late-night party goers relish as they dance and revel through the night. However fun it may sound, ecstasy, also known these days as ‘Molly’, has its dangers.
The reported effects of ecstasy include the following:
- loss of inhibitions
- increased feelings of intimacy
- feelings of euphoria
- mild psychedelic state
- heightened senses, especially of touch
However, once the effects wear off during what is called the ‘comedown’ users may feel long and significant periods of depression.
Paired with alcohol, which is usually done because ecstasy is often used in dance clubs, the drug can be fatal. Its physical effects include:
- increased heart rate and blood pressure
- dehydration, which when paired with alcohol, which is also dehydrating, can lead to serious conditions
- altered state of mind
- toxicity from lower qualities of MDMA, which are cut with amphetamines, ibuprofen, talc powder, and other additives
The biggest risk of Molly users is the total eradication of inhibitions which can result to lapses of judgment, so users often overdose on other drugs while on Molly. Other risk-taking behavior of people on ecstasy include engaging in unprotected sex, climbing on rooftops, standing in the middle of the highway, and other highly risky behavior. Some may also develop an addiction because of the psychedelic and euphoric states it brings to users.
Watch out for our upcoming articles for additional information and treatment options for ecstasy.
Meanwhile, if you or someone you know may be addicted or abusing this so-called ‘party drug’, seek help for them now: