MDMA (Ecstasy)

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Basic Info

Other names for it

What it looks like

How it’s used

Effects

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Basic Info

MDMA is short for the chemical name 3,4 methylenedioxymethamphetamine. MDMA is considered to be a drug because when taken into the body it changes the way you think, feel or behave. A drug is any substance which does this.

Drugs which speed the body up are called stimulant drugs. These drugs stimulate the central nervous system, and speed up the heart rate and breathing. MDMA does this.

How you see, understand and think about the world around you is called your ‘perception.’ Drugs that change your perception of what is going on around you are called ‘hallucinogens.’ MDMA does this, too, so is also a hallucinogen.

MDMA works by causing the brain to release excess amounts of serotonin. Serotonin is a brain chemical that causes us to feel content. Day to day, the brain releases the right amount of serotonin for us to feel pretty content most of the time. When nice things happen to us, the brain is stimulated by the event to release extra amounts of serotonin, making us feel joyful, happy, etc. This lasts for a while, then serotonin levels return to normal. MDMA stimulates the brain to release much more serotonin than any normal event, however good, would ever do.

The full effects of an MDMA pill generally last for 3-4 hours, with an additional few hours after that, as the effects wear off gradually, where the user’s perception is still changed, and reality feels different.

Other names for it

Ecstacy, E, XTC (pills)

Molly, Mandy, Adam (crystals)