MDMA, short methylenedioxymethamphetamine, is a synthetic drug and is part of a family of drugs that act as stimulants and hallucinogens. MDMA has an intense energizing effect that boosts enjoyment as well as promotes sensational experiences. Peak effects of taking MDMA are felt between one to two hours after being taken. Also known as Ecstasy or Molly, MDMA is administered orally via a tablet and intensifies physical touch. MDMA can be very addictive which is why those who find themselves craving MDMA should seek treatment today.
MDMA and the Brain
MDMA enlarges the presence of the following chemicals in the brain:
Once an individual has taken MDMA, the high lasts anywhere from three to six hours. MDMA can pose an extreme danger as many times it is cut or ‘laced’ with harmful additives such as cocaine, cough medicine, or bath salts. The problem is that many people don’t know that the MDMA they have purchased contains these additives.
MDMA can have adverse effects on health such as:
- High blood pressure
Someone who has taken MDMA will experience a sense of love and emotion toward the people around them. The drug causes individuals to have a lack of judgment and distorted perception of distance so it’s crucial that they do not go behind the wheel at any time while under the influence of MDMA, or any drug for that matter. Those who use MDMA are also known to partake in risky and unprotected sexual behavior which could lead to the spreading of venereal disease.
MDMA can cause acute effects one week after taking it. Some of the effects were irregular heartbeat, use of another drug, depression, irritability, and anxiousness. Although there is no physical withdrawal from MDMA, there are emotional withdrawals.
MDMA can also act as a psychedelic which is why many people who use it, do so in a rave, party, night club or concert. It gives a false vision of reality and can make the sensation such as touch seem extremely vivid and colors are seen very bright. Combining MDMA, Molly, or Ecstasy with alcohol is very dangerous as it increases heart rate therefore a more likely chance of heart complications.
Street Names for MDMA
The age group that most commonly abuses MDMA is those between the ages of 18 and 25. MDMA is dangerous because it can cause neurological complications as well as hypertension. Those who overdose on MDMA may have done so by taking an unknowingly large amount of the drug, causing fatality. MDMA can also be bought in bad batches meaning those who purchased it may not know what is exactly in the mix.
If you or someone you know is suffering from an addiction to MDMA, WhiteSands Treatment can help. We offer top-notch treatment to those who are seeking to overcome their addiction and begin a life of sustained sobriety.