Ecstasy is commonly referred to as “E” or “X,” and is actually 3, 4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA). It is considered a club drug because of its stimulating effects. Ecstasy is a man-made pill, so the purity is questionable. The maker can use whatever ingredients he or she would like in making the drug. Ecstasy pills usually have a graphic or logo on the tablet. About 45 minutes after swallowing a pill, a user will feel the “high” of ecstasy. This high lasts three to six hours.
What are the effects of ecstasy?
- Loss of perception
- Anxiety and agitation
- Sweating, chills and dizziness
- Muscle tension
- Nausea and vomiting
- Blurred vision
- Increased heart rate and blood pressure
- Teeth grinding
- Sadness and depression
- Liver failure
- Memory loss
- Hyperthermia (overheating)
- Death – especially when combining with other drugs or alcohol