WHAT ARE THE BEST EFFECTS OF MDMA AND ECSTASY?
MDMA and ecstasy have become popular drugs. In part because of the positive effects that a person may experience within an hour or so after taking a single dose. Those effects include feelings of mental stimulation, emotional warmth and empathy toward others. Effects also include a general sense of well being and decreased anxiety. In addition users report enhanced sensory perception as a hallmark of the ecstasy experience.
EFFECTS OF MDMA AND ECSTASY UP TO 1 WEEK POST USE OR LONGER:
- Sleep disturbances
- Lack of appetite
- Reduced interest in and pleasure from sex
- Significant reductions in mental abilities
POTENTIAL ADVERSE HEALTH EFFECTS:
- Involuntary jaw chewing and teeth grinding
- Muscle cramping
- Blurred vision
- Marked rise in body temperature
- High blood pressure
- Heart failure
- Kidney failure
SYMPTOMS OF MDMA AND ECSTASY OVERDOSE:
- High blood pressure
- Panic attacks
- Loss of consciousness
MDMA is not a benign drug. It can produce a variety of adverse side effects. These include nausea, chills, sweating, involuntary teeth clenching, muscle cramping, and blurred vision. An MDMA and ecstasy overdose can also occur quite easily. The symptoms can include high blood pressure, faintness, panic attacks. In severe cases, a loss of consciousness and seizures occurs.
Because of its stimulation properties and the environments in which it is often taken, the drug is associated with vigorous physical activity for extended periods. This can lead to one of the most significant, although rare, acute adverse effects which is a marked rise in blood temperature. Treatment of hypothermia requires prompt medical attention, as it can rapidly lead to muscle breakdown, which can in turn result in kidney failure. In addition, dehydration, hypertension, and heart failure may occur in susceptible individuals. It can also reduce the pumping efficiency of the heart! Of particular concern is that during periods of increased physical activity, it often further complicates these problems.
MDMA and ecstasy are rapidly absorbed into the human bloodstream. Once in the body, it metabolites and interferes with the body’s ability to metabolize, or break down, the drug. As a result, additional doses of the drug can produce unexpectedly high blood levels, which could worsen the cardiovascular and other toxic effects of the drug. MDMA also interferes with the metabolism of other drugs. Including some of the adulterants that may be found in ecstasy tablets.
In the hours after taking the drug it produces significant reductions in mental abilities. These changes, particularly those affecting memory, can last for up to a week. Possibly longer with regular users. The fact that MDMA and ecstasy markedly impair information processing emphasizes the potential dangers of performing complex or skilled activities, such as driving a car, while under the influence of this drug.
THE NEUROBIOLOGY OF MDMA AND ECSTASY
Firstly, MDMA and ecstasy alter the brains chemistry by binding to serotonin transporters.
Over the course of a week following moderate use of the drug, many drug users report feeling a range of emotions. These include anxiety, restlessness, irritability, and sadness. In some individuals it can be as severe as clinical depression. Similarly, elevated anxiety, impulsiveness, and aggression, as well as sleep disturbances, lack of appetite, and reduced interest in and pleasure from sex have been observed in regular MDMA and ecstasy users. Some of these disturbances may not be directly attributed to MDMA alone. Often they may be related to other drugs used in combination with MDMA. Normally these can include cocaine, marijuana, or adulterants commonly found in MDMA and ecstasy tablets.