What is Methylenedioxymethamphetamine? Methylenedioxymethamphetamine is better known as Ecstasy and MDMA and has been around for a long time, since the 80's. It's a synthetic drug that many of our young people are still using recreationally today even though the drug produces side effects that many people have found to be extremely uncomfortable.
Fortunately some of the affects experienced has kept many young people from continuing to use MDMA or ecstasy as most people refer to the drug.
Methylenedioxymethamphetamine is a manmade drug that's been compared to methamphetamine because of the chemical similarities the drugs share. MDMA affects a person's mood and behavior when used and for that reason, the psychoactive drug is still popular among teens and many young adults. For quite some time now, ecstasy has been a popular party drug for various reasons. The fact that taking ecstasy enables a person to stay awake and full of energy for hours on end is one reason the drug is commonly used recreationally. When a person is under the influence of ecstasy they're usually much more relaxed and less shy and self-conscious too.
Another reason why ecstasy is popular among many people is due to the fact that the effects last for quite a while, anywhere from three to six hours. Not only are they extremely alert and less inhibited but their sense of touch is enhanced, and their sense of perception and awareness is altered. Ecstasy is still popular among young people who attend all night parties and raves even though there have been deaths associated with the drug.
MDMA Street Names
Ecstasy is slang for MDMA which is short for 3,4- methylenedioxymethamphetamine but there are other words that are used when referring to the drug on the streets which includes candy canes, doves, essence, M&M, white doves, disco biscuit, eckie, love drug, lovers speed, hug, Adam, E, X, and XTC.
MDMA Use Side Effects
As mentioned above, there are side-effects associated with MDMA use which keeps some people from repeating the use of the drug. Some of the reasons people stop using ecstasy is because they experience depression, severe anxiety, have problems sleeping, have problems with confusion and experience hallucinations. Other effects a person can experience when under the influence of ecstasy include dizziness, feeling faint or lightheaded, experiencing chills or sweating and clenching of the teeth. Not everyone experiences the negative side effects right away but many people do and because they can be extremely uncomfortable and sometimes frightening, the symptoms are enough to keep some people from using the drug again. For others, the negative side effects start to appear as the drug begins to decrease and to keep from experiencing uncomfortable side effects they will repeat their use again.
Individuals who use MDMA in high doses can experience panic attacks, intense hallucinations and agitation.
MDMA's effects can last for several days and even longer for some people, especially for individuals who use the drug on a regular basis. In spite of the uncomfortable and sometimes intense effects ecstasy users experience there are still a lot of teens and young adults using the psychoactive drug recreationally and some are now addicted.
Some people do become addicted to MDMA due to repeated use and experience withdrawal symptoms when they're not taking the drug. Symptoms experienced due to withdrawal include decreased appetite, decreased energy and fatigue, depression and problems with concentration.
MDMA Use and Abuse Risks
Along with the euphoric high, increased energy, alertness and side effects a person can experience when they take ecstasy there are also dangerous risks involved with the use of the drug. High doses of ecstasy can lead to dehydration as well as hyperthermia for MDMA users and could cause problems with a person's kidney's or heart. Recently new research shows that ecstasy use can lead to memory problems even when used recreationally for a short period of time according to Science News.
MDMA (Ecstasy) Related Deaths
Sadly death is also a risk associated with the use of ecstasy and many people have died in the past from using the drug. Unfortunately it's no different today because there are still deaths being reported due to the use of the dangerous drug. Paranoid hallucinations due to ecstasy use led to the death of a 22 year old woman recently according to The Hollywood Reporter. A young 15 year old from Liverpool lost her life recently due to a spiked ecstasy drink according to a news article on dailymail.co.uk. In January digitaljourna.com reported there were 8 deaths Canadian associated with laced ecstasy.
MDMA (Ecstasy) Treatment Options
Unfortunately there is no medication assisted treatment for individual's addicted to ecstasy like there is for opiate addiction. Substance abuse support groups and cognitive behavioral therapies are both beneficial for a person's long term recovery and can be effective treatment when combined.