Ecstasy is a mind altering drug that is made up of hallucinogenic properties and is considered a club drug. Its structure is similar to methamphetamine. Confusion, depression, drug cravings, anxiety, sleep problems, and paranoia can be experienced by the user when using to. Some physical symptoms can also appear such as chills, sweating, teeth clenching, muscle tension, nausea, blurred vision, and rapid eye movement. It also can raise your blood pressure and cause your heart rate to go up.
Ecstasy has also been reported as causing permanent damage to the brain, which means the damage will never go away. Other effects caused by the drug are loss of voluntary control and perception, a trance state, changes in mood, and hallucinations.It is used by many people at dance clubs and parties because the drug gives them a feeling of increased energy and extreme happiness.
The Dangers of This Drug
Ecstasy works by increasing the neurotransmitter, serotonin, and it stops the reabsorption to the brain. It also increases dopamine in the brain which does cause more energy but lowers your social-normal activities. One very important thing about Ecstasy is that it can cause birth defects by disturbing the development of the fetus or embryo.
Some street names for Ecstasy are Adam, E, Roll, X, and XTC. It comes in a tablet that usually has CK, Nike swoosh, playboy bunnies, or some symbol branded in the tablet. One of the most serious problems with taking Ecstasy is that when you are in a crowded club and dance for long periods of time, you become overly hot and this leads to dehydration, hyperthermia, or a very high increase of your body temperature; this can lead to kidney, liver or heart failure, or muscle breakdown.
When Ecstasy is mixed with alcohol, it greatly increases the chance of overdose. Toxic levels have led to stroke, heart attack, or even death. It can cause long long-term memory loss and permanent brain damage. It damages the part of the brain that manages thought patterns.
MDMA is also referred to as Ecstasy, and on the “street” is known as XTC, Go, X, Adam, and Hug Drug.
It is commonly found in tablet form; the individual tablets are imprinted with a graphic design, logo, or numbers. Individual tablets contain 100 mg of MDMA.
The most common use of Ecstasy is through ingesting the tablet form. The tablets are also crushed to be snorted, liquified for injection, and are also used in suppository form.
This is Also Known As A Club Drug
Ecstasy is considered one of the club drugs. It is found and abused in nightclubs, raves, and in acid houses. Ecstasy has euphoric, energizing, and hallucinogen type qualities that many use to enhance their party experience.
Sometimes Ecstasy is referred to as a harmless party drug; however, this is not true. Ecstasy has detrimental physical and emotional effects upon the user; a user can build up a tolerance, and addiction is possible.
Ecstasy is also referred to as a date rape drug. The drug has no color or taste if added to a beverage or food items making it fairly easy to slip into someone’s drink without them knowing. The unsuspecting victim may become disoriented and vulnerable to sexual assault. The victim may not even remember the assault.
Ecstasy is primarily produced in Europe. It costs very little to manufacture in Europe, but street value in the United States can be up to $40.
A user can experience appetite suppression, increased happiness or good feeling, and increased energy. Many users do not eat or sleep while using the drug. This is part of the allure, especially during the nightclub or rave scene. Users dance all night and can experience strange effects while partying.
Overdose Is Highly Possible
Users can also experience severe dehydration, heat stroke, and acting and participating in dangerous behavior. An overdose can happen and is characterized by rapid heartbeat, high blood pressure, faintness, cramping, panic attacks, loss of conscience, and seizures. Long term physical effects can develop such as kidney and cardiovascular system failure, memory loss, and even death.
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