According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, ecstasy, also known as MDMA, is a “synthetic drug that alters mood and perception. It is chemically similar to both stimulants and hallucinogens, producing feelings of increased energy, pleasure, emotional warmth, and distorted sensory and time perception.” Ecstasy is often considered a “club drug” because it increases the activity of dopamine, norepinephrine, and serotonin. After consuming this drug, the effects last about 3 to 6 hours, and many take a second dose once the initial effects begin to fade. While many consider this a “fun” drug to take, ecstasy can harm the body in many ways, several of which people don’t realize:
- It can cause severe hypothermia. ABC News reports that in a club where it’s hot and crowded, ecstasy can dehydrate you and could lead to your temperature rising up to around 105 degrees – which could cause not only hypothermia but liver failure, kidney failure, seizures, and even death.
- It can kill you if it’s laced with something else. Fentanyl, one of the world’s deadliest drugs, for example, is being laced with many recreational drugs, including ecstasy. Just taking a small pinch of this drug could kill you, and many drug dealers are utilizing this drug without paying attention to the amount that could lead to overdose or death.
- It can cause damage to your prefrontal cortex. A 2015 study conducted by researchers from the UK found that the brains of individuals who took ecstasy more than 11 times had to work harder at taking a cognitive test than participants who did not. Furthermore, another study conducted in 2016 found that individuals with a history of using ecstasy experienced major performance deficits in tasks like updating, switching, and gaining access to their long-term memory.
- It can worsen depression. Ecstasy causes an increase in serotonin, which affects mood and social behavior, appetite and digestion, sleep, memory, sexual desire, and function. Once a person stops taking ecstasy, their serotonin levels drop because their brain has relied on the drug to provide most of the chemical. This can cause feelings of depression, confusion, sleep problems, severe anxiety and aggressive/impulsive behavior, according to the Scientific American.
If you’re considering taking ecstasy, think twice. Unknown chemicals mixed in could place your life at risk and further damage your health. If you are addicted to ecstasy and ready to begin your journey to recovery, seek help today. It’s never too late.
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