MDMA Used For Its Euphoric and Hallucinogenic Effects
Ecstasy or also referred to as MDMA is a synthetic or man-made drug. Ecstasy is very similar to methamphetamine which is a stimulant and mescaline which is a hallucinogen. MDMA is a considered a 'club drug' that is abused by many teens and young adults. More than 11 million people have at least tried ecstasy at least once in their lifetime.
Ecstasy is very popular among young people and is abused not only casually when a person is by themselves but is a popular drug abused at all night parties (raves) and many other party type get-togethers and nightclubs. In spite of MDMAs harmful effects, this illegal drug is abused throughout the United States. Sometimes groups of young people even party in abandon buildings throughout the night or weekend abusing ecstasy as well as other harmful illegal drugs.
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Ecstasy is taken orally and comes in a tablet or capsule usually. MDMA tablets come in a variety of colors and shapes and most of the time they have a logo printed on them. Cartoon characters, symbols and smiley faces are a few of the logos imprinted on the tablets. Be careful, since this drug is man-made it may not be the real thing and many times this is proven to be true.
At one time, Caucasian teens and young adults were the primary users of MDMA while partying and socializing but now ecstasy users are in many other ethnic groups. Gay males are also abusing MDMA and many are abusing several other drugs as well. Some of the other illegal drugs they're abusing are marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine, ketamine among other illegal substances. Even though it's dangerous and sometimes fatal, people have mixed these drugs while taking ecstasy at the same time.
Why is Ecstasy Abused?
Many people that abuse ecstasy say that it stimulates them mentally along with warm emotional feelings they receive from the drug. Their sensory perception is enhanced and their energy level increases. That's why this illegal drug is abused at clubs and all night dance parties, those who abuse MDMA have energy to stay up all night to dance and party.
The down side is the health effects the drug user goes through, these affects include:
- Clenching of their teeth
- Muscle Cramps
- Vision may blur
MDMA can also mess with the individual's ability to regulate body temperature; this doesn't happen very often but it can be deadly.
Street Names drug abusers use when referring to ecstasy
- Morning shot
- Disco biscuit
- Scooby snacks
- Speed for lovers
- Love drug
- Hug drug
Ecstasy (MDMA) Addiction
It is for some people, a survey that was taken among adolescents and young people who abused ecstasy revealed that 43 percent of them fell into the category of dependence toward the drug. There are withdrawal symptoms associated with ecstasy abuse also. These include trouble with concentration, depression, decreased appetite, and fatigue.
Abusing ecstasy in large doses can be serious. This drug can cause your body to be unable to regulate its own body temperature and this is dangerous. If it actually increased your body temperature it could damage the liver, kidneys, cause cardiovascular failure, or even lead to death.
MDNA (Ecstasy) Risks
Young people don't understand just how serious it can be experimenting with illegal drugs. There are many risks involved when abusing ecstasy. Depending on how much a person takes some of these risks and effects can be severe. Since no one can really be sure how potent each pill is, 1 pill or tablet can be harmful. Some of the serve side effects can include:
- Muscle tension
- Sweating or chills
- Rapid eye movements
- Cravings for more of the drug
- Blurry vision
Other Dangers and Risks Associated with Ecstasy Abuse
Individuals that abuse club drugs such as ecstasy get them from friends, buy them on the streets, and get them from people they don't know, or find ways online to obtain the drug. There have been times the user thought they were taking ecstasy but it actually wasn't. Since MDMA is a synthetic man-made drug, you never really know what you're getting until it is too late. Mixing ecstasy with alcohol or other drugs can be deadly and has been many times.
Abusing ecstasy has also sent thousands of young people to emergency rooms throughout the United States with extreme complications due to mixing drugs, MDMA contamination and overdose. Many of these people have ended up in intensive care due to their ecstasy abuse.
There have been cases in the United States where MDMA (ecstasy) has been laced with heroin and methamphetamine. Since this is a man-made drug, no one knows for sure what they're taking. This risk alone is not worth it.