Ecstasy was originally developed using the chemical methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA). It was used by the US Army in 1953 in psychological warfare testing. During the 1970s Ecstasy began to be used, recreationally, as a party drug.
What is Ecstasy?
Ecstasy is a drug commonly used as a party drug. It causes psychoactive effects, lowers inhibitions and suppresses fatigue and pain. MDMA is the chemical in Ecstasy that causes psychoactive effects. Today, MDMA may not even be present or is mixed with other stimulants and hallucinogens. Other stimulants used in Ecstasy are: methamphetamine, amphetamine, ephedrine and caffeine. Other hallucinogens used in Ecstasy are: PCP, LSD, nexus and ketamine.
While Ecstasy may initially cause pleasant sensations, these sensations are often followed by extremely unpleasant emotions such as fatigue, sadness, depression and irritability. Ecstasy abuse can lead to serious physical and psychological problems.
Effects and Dangers of Ecstasy
There are several phases of effects users experience after taking Ecstasy. Some of the immediate effects experienced are: anxiety, increased heart rate, increase in blood pressure, dry mouth and clenched jaw muscles. The next phase of effects are often euphoria, relaxation, lower inhibitions, increased confidents and reduced fatigue. After the effects of the drug have faded, users often experience anxiety and severe depression.
There are many negative side effects related to Ecstasy use. Some of the short-term negative side effects are: dehydration, raise in body temperature, irregular heartbeat and high blood pressure. There are serious long-term side effects with frequent Ecstasy use. Some long-term side effects are: complications of the central nervous system, mental disorders, depression and possible damage to the brain cells that produce serotonin and dopamine.
Getting Help for Ecstasy Addiction
Ecstasy use can lead to dependence, withdrawal symptoms, tolerance and both physical and psychological addiction. Frequent users often develop a tolerance for ecstasy rather
quickly. This leads the user to take more of the drug in order to achieve the same effects first experienced.
High incidents of Ecstasy use were originally seen at raves and music festivals. The prevalence of Ecstasy use has increased and is often seen at clubs, bars and social gatherings. Ecstasy abuse is extremely dangerous due to both the short-term and long-term health risks. Frequent Ecstasy use can lead to dependence, withdrawal symptoms and both physical and psychological addiction. If you or someone you know needs help from Ecstasy addiction, do not hesitate to contact us at (888)357-7577.