MDMA, also referred to chemically as 3,4-methylenedioxy-methamphetamine, is an illegal drug with stimulant and hallucinogenic properties altering mood and perception among its users. It was initially synthesized in the 1970’s as an adjunct to psychotherapy involving mental disorder treatments and talk therapy. After realizing the potential for abuse and addiction the drug was classified illegal by the US Food and Drug Administration in 1985. The drug is commonly known on the street by the name, Molly or Ecstasy.
MDMA is a very serious drug with a high potential for addiction and misuse that can lead to severe health complications, withdrawals and even death. The drug is available in tablet, capsule, powder and liquid forms and is usually swallowed or snorted. After the drug was deemed illegal by authorities in the mid 80’s it burst back onto the scene a decade later during the budding “rave” dance and nightclub parties involving electronic techno music. After a number of cases of overdoses due to elevated body temperature and dehydration the drug received an immediate backlash from the public only to resurface years later and more dangerous than ever.
The MDMA, or Molly available today is usually mixed or cut with other substances like cocaine, ketamine, methamphetamine or cathinones (bath salts), making it much more lethal than before. Most people purchasing their MDMA on the black market have no idea of the origins, ingredients and purity levels and are at extreme risk of overdose in the event that too much is taken or in conjunction with other drugs.
Effects of MDMA
MDMA works by stimulating the areas of the brain responsible for the production and regulation of dopamine, norepinephrine and serotonin. These three neurotransmitters are behind the human response to risk, reward as well as feelings of pleasure and intimacy. The following symptoms are exhibited by the user:
- Increased Energy
- Teeth Grinding
- Elevated Body Temperature
- Increased Blood Pressure
- Blurred Vision
The long-term effects of habitual usage of MDMA is not clear due to the limited amount of clinical trials and research available on the subject. However based on user reports and anecdotal accounts the following symptoms present themselves after the initial high lasting from 3-6 hours has abated:
- Attention Deficit Disorder
- Decreased Appetite
- Reduced Sexual Pleasure
Say No Way to MDMA
MDMA puts your system on a rollercoaster ride of emotions and sensations which is extremely dangerous and deadly. The fact that most of the MDMA which is touted as “pure” by dealers is often times spiked with other deadly chemical agents like bath salts is even more cause for concern. MDMA should avoided like the plague and it is not worth it for whatever transient feelings of euphoria it can potentially provide for the short-term.
If you or someone you know has a problem with MDMA please get help immediately. There is no current protocol of generally accepted basis of treatment for those suffering from MDMA addiction however behavior therapy is widely seen as beneficial. Combined with an effective detox program and health regimen it is possible to come back from an addiction to MDMA.