8 Facts About MDMA

Written by Chloe Nicosia

Facts About MDMA That Everyone Needs To Know

Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA) is as dangerous as it is hard to pronounce. This synthetic drug is an amphetamine derivative that belongs to a group of chemicals that can present itself as a stimulant, hallucinogen, or entactogen (a drug with the ability to increase empathy and self-awareness). You have probably heard of ecstasy, which is the tablet or capsule form of the drug and the most commonly used form of MDMA. The facts about MDMA include the inconsistency of the MDMA tables, their concentrations, and ingredients.

Facts About MDMA

There are important facts everyone should know about MDMA. If you, a family member, or friend is using the drug, you may not be aware of the following facts about MDMA.

  1. MDMA was an appetite suppressant when first developed.
  2. Presently MDMA is used by teens and young adults because it reduces inhibitions, and they want to experience its hallucinogenic properties. It’s stimulant effect lets people party all-night long.
  3. Ecstasy can stay in the body for up the three days.
  4. Ecstasy is most often used in pill form, however, it can also be crushed and snorted or injected.
  5. Hyperthermia is a common health issue related to the use of MDMA. It is caused by physical exertion. Since MDMA is considered a party drug, the user may be dancing without sufficiently replacing fluids. Hyperthermia can result in liver, kidney, and heart failure. In severe cases, death may occur.
  6. MDMA users experience often bruxism (teeth-clenching), which can cause him or her to bite the inside of the cheeks and also cause tooth damage.
  7. “Molly” and ecstasy are street names for MDMA, but they are often cut with other substances (adulterated). Mixing other drugs and substances with MDMA can be very dangerous.
  8. “Molly” is often referred to as pure MDMA, but in reality it is generally adulterated with any number of other drugs and often contains no MDMA at all.

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MDMA Effects On Brain

The way MDMA affects the brain includes increasing the activity of neurotransmitters including serotonin and norepinephrine. Mood, sleep, pain, and appetite regulation is controlled in large part by serotonin. MDMA effects on the brain include the abnormal release of excess serotonin, which causes the mood-elevating effects the user is looking for. The brain can become seriously depleted of serotonin, which causes negative psychological side effects that can last for several days. Low levels of serotonin result in depression and poor memory retention. The MDMA effects on brain function of those using the drug regularly include confusion, depression, anxiety, paranoia, attention difficulties, and impaired memory.

Long Term Effects Of Molly On The Brain

Because it is adulterated with other drugs, the long term effects of Molly on the brain can vary. Some potential health effects during its use include hyperthermia, electrolyte imbalance, joint stiffness, jaw clenching, disorganized thinking, loss of appetite, nausea, headache, panic attacks, faintness, seizures, kidney failure, swelling of the brain, and loss of consciousness. The serious long term effects of Molly on the brain include:

  • Arrhythmia and heart damage
  • Heart disease
  • Depression
  • Impulsiveness
  • Impaired attention
  • Impaired memory
  • Aggression
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Loss of Appetite
  • Decreased cognitive function

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https://www.centeronaddiction.org/the-buzz-blog/what-molly-and-how-can-it-kill-you

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/23/fashion/molly-pure-but-not-so-simple.html

http://www.drugfreeworld.org/drugfacts/ecstasy/what-is-ecstasy.html

https://www.drugs.com/illicit/mdma.html

http://www.cnn.com/2013/11/22/health/9-things-molly-drug/index.html