Ecstasy: What’s With All the Rave?




Over the past years, Ecstasy has been widely used as a party drug by teens and young adults. The drug has now recently been under closer scrutiny with reports of 5 youths dying in a concert from what was suspected as party-drug use. So what’s with all the rave?

Ecstasy, also known as Molly and MDMA, has been widely popular in the ‘80s and ‘90s, especially in the rolling, all-night rave parties and electronic dance music scenes. For avid party goers who are looking for a heightened experience, E represented to them euphoria, energy, and escape.


So what is Ecstasy?

Ecstasy, or MDMA, is a stimulant. It popularly comes in the form of whimsical, colorful pills. It can also come in capsule, powder, or liquid form. This drug is derived from amphetamine, which is similar to methamphetamine and mescaline (a hallucinogen).

Effects of Ecstasy

Within an hour of taking the drug, it already affects the brain by releasing a trio of powerful neurotransmitters that bring a powerful surge of pleasure to the brain. Some can even equate the effects of MDMA as a spiritual experience.

The other effects of Ecstasy are:

  • Burst of energy
  • Enhanced tactile experience
  • Enhanced sensory perception
  • Reduced inhibitions
  • Decreased anxiety
  • Feeling of euphoria
  • Feeling a sense of well-being
  • Distorted sense of time
  • Feeling of closeness and connection
  • Heightened sexuality / hypersexuality

Why is it so dangerous?

Ecstasy can cause many dangerous effects to the brain and body.

The surge of neurotransmitters eventually ends, and the come-down can be hard and fast. Its effects are:

  • Anxiety
  • Restlessness
  • Irritability
  • Violence and/or aggression
  • Depression

Meanwhile, the body can experience the following:

  • Dehydration
  • Increased toxic levels in the blood, causing overdose
  • Muscle cramping
  • Clenching jaw
  • Tremors
  • Blurred vision
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Elevated heart rate
  • Elevated blood pressure
  • Significant increase in body temperature (hyperthermia)
  • Muscle breakdown and organ failure

Is it worth the rave?

Many people like the appeal of Ecstasy, today more known as Molly or Love Drug, because they have this perception that it isn’t as hardcore as something like meth or cocaine. While the MDMA before was used by hippies as a flower-child drug, today’s Molly may not be as pure and can lead to many devastating effects, often leading to sudden death, such as the case of two in five (as of writing) of the individuals who attended the CloseUp Forever Summer concert.

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