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Ecstasy

Ecstasy, also known as Molly or MDMA, acts as both a stimulant and psychedelic, producing an energizing effect, distortions in time and perception and enhanced enjoyment from tactile experiences.

Ingestion

It is most frequently taken orally, usually in a tablet or capsule. The effects last approximately 2 to 5 hours.

Effects

Ecstasy has become a popular drug, 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, empathy toward others, a general sense of well-being, enhanced sensory perception and decreased anxiety.

Additional effects include irritability, sadness, impulsiveness, aggression, sleep disturbance, increased anxiety, thirst, high blood pressure, cramping, sweating/chills, heart/kidney failure and dehydration.

In the hours after taking the drug, ecstasy produces significant reductions in mental abilities (information processing, performing complex activities, etc.). These changes, particularly those affecting memory, can last for up to a week, and possibly longer in regular users.


Resources for additional information:

https://www.drugabuse.gov/

https://www.samhsa.gov/