Ecstasy is one of the names for the drug 3-4-methylenedioxymethampheta-mine (MDMA). It is a synthetic psychoactive drug, with hallucinogenic and stimulant properties that is usually comes in pill form. Ecstasy is one of the many club drugs used in clubs and at raves with its popularity stemming from the fact that it enhances mood. This is because the drug targets the neurotransmitters in our brain that make us feel happiness and love. People who use ecstasy often report feeling closer to people and wanting to touch them.
Studies have shown that in high doses, ecstasy can make it difficult for a person’s body to regulate their temperature. In a crowded club setting, where people can get hot from being around so many other people and dancing, this can lead to hyperthermia. If hyperthermia goes on too long, that can lead to death.
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
Negative side effects of club drugs like ecstasy can linger for as long as a week afterward.
As with many drugs, the more people use it, the higher their chances of becoming addicted are. That’s because eventually the brain stops producing the chemicals needed to feel pleasure so a person has to take more of the drug to get the same effect or even to feel emotions at all. This can lead them to become dependent to the drug or addicted to it.
Some of the symptoms of ecstasy addiction include:
- Hyperthermia (heat stroke)
- Hyponatremia (water intoxication)
- Heart attack
- Heart or kidney failure