Drug Presentation by Courtney Wallace

About MDMA

MDMA, also known as Ecstasy, Molly, or Mandy, is a hallucinogen commonly used in the rave culture at house parties and clubs. The drug has been tested to help patients with PTSD, but is not prescribed. The drug can be used to induce euphoria, a sense of intimacy, or diminish anxiety.

How to use MDMA?

Ecstasy is only available illicitly, so no dosage is recommended. It is usually produced in small tablets or capsules and taken orally. The drug usually lasts 3 to 6 hours. It is common for the user to take a second pill as the first wears off or combine the pill with other drugs like cocaine, methamphetamine, or Viagra.

Possible Side Effects

Although the drug affects each user differently, some side effects include: teeth grinding, difficulty concentrating, insomnia, lack of appetite, dry mouth, lack of motivation, unpleasant/frightening experiences, neural cell damage, cause of depression, respiratory failure, and renal or liver failure.

MDMA is dangerous enough to use alone, but with other drugs the effects are worsened. A MOA inhibitor is a prescription antidepressant that if used with MDMA can cause a fatal reaction called "serotonin syndrome." Also, some drugs are broken down by a certain enzyme in the stomach called CYP2D6. If MDMA is taken with drugs that are also dissolved by this enzyme, the reaction is like taking a higher dose of each. This reaction is common when using Ritonivar (a prescription for HIV), DMX, and Prozac.

Users with heart conditions are more prone to heart attacks or other heart complications when taking MDMA. While MDMA alone won't cause much damage to your liver, it can cause liver damage if the user has hepatitis or other liver problems. MDMA can also cause severe seizures to users who are prone to have them. Lastly, MDMA increases the severity and violence of mental illnesses like depression.

Controversy Over The Drug

The drug, as of right now, has only occurred beneficial in helping patients with PTSD. In a study, most of the patients who were treated with MDMA recovered well. However, two patients suffered from relapse and one did not recover. Scientists have assured these results are still primary and inconclusive, but the drug seems to help in this area. The controversy will be on whether to legalize the drug or not in order to treat PTSD.