Is Ecstasy Addictive?

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Ecstasy is one of the more controversial drugs plaguing American culture today.  Due to the limited research, scientists aren’t able to confirm how addictive it is or the way it fully affects a person’s brain.  Ecstasy was first introduced in the 1970’s and has since become a very popular clubbing drug.  Individuals typically like to consume it during raves or large parties because of its hallucinogenic effects.  While it was once pure MDMA (Methylenedioxymethamphetamine), throughout the years people have figured out how to “cut” ecstasy with other substances.  

MDMA is the controversial drug which scientists struggle to determine the addictive potential of.  However, we know the substances which are cut into the ecstasy we find today are extremely addictive.  Often times, pure MDMA, if it even exists anymore, is broken down by black market drug distributors and various toxic substances are mixed in.  The powder is then pressed into new pills, which contain a combination of the drugs.  Due to the wide variety of substances in an ecstasy pill, and because there are so many underground developers, no batch of pills will be the same as another. 

The types of substances typically mixed with MDMA are various amphetamines, pseudoephedrine, DXM, and many others.  While the addictive potential of MDMA cannot be determined, the toxicity that is mixed it with has an enormous potential for dependency.  In fact, it is because MDMA is almost always mixed with other drugs that scientists are unable to determine its contribution to addiction.  They are never able to solely isolate it to examine the effects on the human brain.  It has, however, been shown to to be habit-forming when tested on animals.

Although researchers cannot determine how addictive MDMA is, they do know it is the same as other substances in reference to tolerance.  A person who takes MDMA regularly can develop a tolerance for it, therefore requiring them to continuously increase the dosage needed for the same high.  Even though scientists are not able to determine the exact way MDMA affects the brain, doesn’t mean it’s safe.  MDMA is considered a schedule I substance, which is in the most dangerous category of controlled substances defined by the Federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).  Ecstasy, especially in today’s world, is an extremely dangerous drug which can easily cause accidental overdose due to the concoction of toxic substances.  

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