Ecstasy

If it's not candy, it's ecstasy.

What is Ecstasy?/ What does it look like?

Ecstasy is a pill/tablet that looks like candies or vitamins. The main primary ingredient is MDMA which is the short form for methylenedioxymethamphetamine.

What is the category of this drug?

Ecstasy is a stimulant, empathogen and also a hallucinogen.

What are the common street/slang names?

Ecstasy is also known as MDMA, E, X, XTC, pills, M&M's, EX, pingers, eggs, disco biscuits, E n C, eccy, molly, "the happy drug", and "the love drug"

How is it used?

The common consumption of Ecstasy is to swallow it like a regular pill. But some people have found other ways to use this drug. Like most drugs, it can be crushed up and snorted, injected, smoked.

What are the common side effects?

  • Increased blood pressure and pulse rate
  • Dilated/wider pupils
  • Raised body temperature
  • Sweating
  • Decreased appetite
  • Jaw Clenching
  • Nausea
  • Nervousness
  • Confusion
  • Teeth grinding
  • Vomiting
  • Hallucinations
  • Tremors and shaking
  • Increased energy
  • Panic attacks
  • Visual distortions
  • Change of vision colours
  • Insomnia

What are the symptoms of overdose?

  • Blurred Vision
  • Chest Pain
  • Dry Mouth
  • Nausea, Vomiting
  • Abdominal Cramping
  • Urinary Retention
  • Sexual Dysfunction
  • Headaches
  • Higher Blood Pressure
  • More Panic Attacks
  • Feeling Faint
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Increased body temperature
  • Stiffening of muscles
  • Seizures
  • Insomnia
  • Depression
  • Paranoia

Is this drug addictive?

Ecstasy can be highly addictive. But it sometimes depends on the person.

What are the withdrawal symptoms?

  • Cravings for Ecstasy
  • Aches and pain
  • Exhaustion
  • Restless sleep
  • Agitation
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Anxiety and Depression

What are the short-term effects?

  • Increased heart rate
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Overheating
  • Jaw clenching
  • Teeth grinding
  • Nausea
  • Big pupils
  • Anxiety

What are the long-term effects?

  • Cracked teeth
  • High blood pressure
  • Possible memory and attention impairment
  • Decreased emotional control
  • Severe depression
  • Possible nerve cell damage

Myths

  • In can burn holes in a person's brain
  • It contains heroin
  • Drug treatment doesn't work
  • Water makes ecstasy safer
  • Ecstasy contains crushed glass

Interesting Facts

  • Since ecstasy effects are very unusual, an entirely new drug classification has been created specifically for it: the ‘empathogens’
  • Ecstasy is usually used in raves and dance clubs
  • The majority of users are 16 to 24
  • Ecstasy is usually $10 per pill
  • People under the influence of ecstasy are very affectionate and highly sexual

Ecstasy P.O.V

Sitting comfortably in our cozy living room, Cafe del Mar and similar CD's playing in the background, we began at 8 pm. I swallowed one white tablet with water. Over the next hour nothing much happened except that I found myself talking quite confidently with the others, moving very easily into interesting conversations. This was a little unusual for me as I am normally quite shy and overly self conscious in social situations and it takes me a while to loosen up. The next thing I experienced was a striking shift in my visual perception. I don't mean a hallucination or distortion, but a wonderful step up in the aesthetic quality.  For a moment it was like being in one of those nostalgic TV ads where the world looks all gold and sepia. "Everything's gone Amber!" I blurted. But then I found that my vision has become beautifully enhanced. It made my normal visual experience feel like cheap, fuzzy CCTV footage in comparison. Now I was seeing the world anew in sharp, lush, top-quality Technicolour! I also began to move in time to the music. The music! Oh, the music! Wow! It sounded so good, so organic! The uplifted state stayed with me and took a long time to fade - at least a couple of weeks. It had unleashed in me a rush of joy that was still accessible when I focused on it weeks later.

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