Ecstasy is one of the commonly used names for the drug 3-4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA). Usually available in pill form, the synthetic psychoactive drug has hallucinogenic and stimulant properties. It is one of the many club drugs popular in clubs and rave parties owing to its mood-altering effects. It targets the neurotransmitters in our brain that makes us feel happy and loved. Hence, people who use the drug often report feeling closer to people and wanting to touch them.
Studies have shown that when taken in high doses, ecstasy can make it difficult for a person’s body to regulate the temperature. This happens because an individual’s body temperature usually rises due to the crowd and continued dancing, and the drug only adds on to the effect, leading to hyperthermia. If hyperthermia persists for long, it can even lead to death.
Symptoms of ecstasy abuse
Some of the other side effects of ecstasy abuse include:
- Muted inhibitions
- Amplified tactile sensations
- False, yet overwhelming sense of affection/empathy
- Depression, paranoia or anxiety
- Sleep problems
- Drug cravings
- Muscle tension or involuntary teeth clenching
- Faintness and chills or swelling
- Blurred vision
The abuse of club drugs like ecstasy can lead to a number of negative side effects that can last for as long as a week afterward. As with other drugs, more the use, higher the chances of developing an addiction. Such a situation arises because eventually, the brain stops producing the chemicals needed to feel pleasure, hence, the user has to take the drug in higher quantity or too often to experience the same effects as before or even feel the emotions in the first place. This can lead to a dependence on the drug.
Some of the symptoms of ecstasy addiction include:
- Hyperthermia (heat stroke)
- Hyponatremia (water intoxication)
- Heart attack
- Heart or kidney failure