These days, more and more people are turning to Ecstasy as their drug of choice, especially among younger people. This is because it helps enhance their experiences during parties, concerts, and music festivals. There are also those that give them a boost of energy, confidence, and alertness, as well as trigger hallucinations.
However, Ecstasy is an illegal drug and should therefore be avoided at all costs. This is because such drugs can have unpredictable and negative effects on the body, not to mention increase a person’s risk of addiction.
What is Ecstasy?
Ecstasy is a synthetic drug that is usually taken orally as a pill, tablet, or capsule. It has both stimulating and hallucinogenic effects that boost energy and mood as well as make users experienced distorted sense of reality.
Ecstasy is known by many names, such as Molly, X, E, XTC, Beans, and Adam. Whatever name it’s called, it is technically known as MDMA due to its main component, 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine.
Signs and Symptoms of Ecstasy Abuse
Ecstasy first cam out in the 1990s, when it was widely used in dance parties and clusb. Now, it’s also widely used by students who want to pull all-nighters and even just in homes of people who want to experiment with the drug.
The effects of ecstasy include:
- loss of inhibitions on the users
- improved mood
- feelings of connectedness with others
- increased pleasure from physical touch
- heightened sexuality
- sexual arousal
- enhanced energy and alertness
- making people lose sense of time
However, it comes with a range of unwanted and dangerous effects:
- increased heart rate
- increased blood pressure
- muscle tension
- tightness in mouth and jaw
- feeling weak or faint
- hot flashes or cold flashes
- excessive sweating
- increased body temperature
Mixed with substances such as caffeine, dextromethorpan, amphetamines, cocaine, alcohol, and ketamine, MDMA or ecstasy’s effects can be fatal.
Overtime, ecstasy abuse can result to:
- poor memory
- black outs
- increased desire to take the drug