Ecstasy is a popular club drug that people use in order to increase energy, and to reach a state of happiness and love. The effects of ecstasy (MDMA) are usually felt within half an hour of dosing and tend to last between 3 to 6 hours, followed by a gradual comedown. The bad news is that the pleasurable effects are short lived. And the crash can leave you feeling horrible.
Here, we cover the most common effects of short and long term ecstasy use. Then, we invite your questions and/or personal experience in the comment section at the end of the page. We highly value your opinions and personal experiences and will do our best to answer you as soon as we can.
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Medical Use Of Ecstasy
Currently, there is no documented medical use of ecstasy, also known as MDMA. Since it was first patented in 1912, researchers have repeatedly examined and experimented ecstasy for possible medical uses. Pure ecstasy was studied for possible uses including as an appetite suppressant and truth serum. However, the drug was eventually criminalized due to widespread ecstasy abuse, its addictive effects and risk of possible death.
Today, ecstasy can be only used legally on humans and animals for institutional research only. You cannot find hospitals and other health institutions using ecstasy for therapeutic purposes.
Ecstasy Short Term Negative Effects
Most people report feeling warm, empathetic feelings when using ecstasy. But things can also go wrong. The immediate negative effects of ecstasy lead many people to the emergency rooms. Some of the dangerous effects of ecstasy include:
- confused episodes
- lack of appetite
- panic attacks
- reduced interest in and pleasure from sex
- significant reductions in mental abilities
- sleep disturbances
Another danger with the use of ecstasy is taking a higher dose if the person does not feel the expected “high” immediately. This of course leads many people to overdose. The double dose of effects to deal with can sometimes be too much for your body to handle with.
An additional risk associated with the use of ecstasy is the purity of the pills. Ecstasy is rarely pure. You might be surprised to hear that sometimes, there is no ecstasy in the pills at all. Adding and mixing dangerous chemicals and selling them as MDMA’s is usually just what happens in many clubs. The use of these toxic chemicals can be fatal to your mind and body. Regardless of how the pills look, you can’t be sure what’s in it or how your system will respond.
Long-Term Ecstasy Use
There is no current definition, in terms of duration, for long-term ecstasy use. Some people consider “long-term” to be daily dosing for a few weeks, or more. Others consider “long-term” to be weekend use for a period of a few months.
There may be no concrete definition for it, but studies show that long term use causes ecstasy dependency and harms your health. You can become dependent on ecstasy after few uses because the drug is inherently habit forming. It is very easy to become a regular user of ecstasy because use exerts euphoria and other desired sensations.
According to studies, using ecstasy for long periods not only causes addiction but also various health conditions – including serious brain damage that can affect your quality of life. These adverse side effects of prolonged use also make medical monitoring a necessity during ecstasy detox and withdrawal. Here are the long-term effects of using ecstasy:
- anxiety and paranoia
- bleeding tendencies
- blood vessel problems
- heart problems
- kidney failure
- negative changes in thought and memory loss
- problems in arm and finger movements due to nerve damage
- problems in coordination
- sudden death
Prolonged Use Of Ecstasy
Prolonged use of ecstasy causes dependence. Using ecstasy can trigger changes in your brain. According to studies, ecstasy causes more than normal release of certain neurotransmitters in the brain: serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine. Serotonin is the neurotransmitter that promotes well-being and happiness.
Dopamine is involved in reward-seeking behavior, while norepinephrine is a stimulant that raises heart rate and blood pressure. The massive release of these hormones explains feelings of euphoria, addiction and increased sense of energy while under influence of ecstasy. Addiction and dependence also develops because ecstasy stimulates the reward center of the brain.
Ecstasy causes effects on the brain and prevents normal flow of neural activity. To respond to the drug action, our brain compensates and performs its functions in the presence of ecstasy that results to dependence. Our brain also becomes somewhat sort of “numb” to the effects of ecstasy, causing tolerance and increased doses just to feel the same effects.
If ecstasy use is reduced or stopped altogether, our brain has to adjust again which results in the occurence of ecstasy withdrawal. Here is a list of some of the most commonly experienced symptoms of ecstasy withdrawal:
- body aches and pains
- inability to sleep
- agitation and paranoia
- intense craving for ecstasy
Ecstasy Use Questions
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