MDMA

MDMA

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    Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA) is an an empathogen which means it increases an individual’s feeling of empathy and compassion towards others.

    MDMA is commonly called and known as Ecstasy. However, some pills sold as ecstasy may only have a small amount of MDMA or none at all. Other drugs and ‘fillers’ are often used instead. This makes it hard to know what reactions to expect after taking MDMA or if negative side effects will be experienced.

  • Common Names

    MD

    Ecstasy

    Smarties

    Molly

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    How is it used?

    MDMA usually comes in a tablet form and is swallowed. The pills come in different colors and sizes and are often imprinted with a picture or symbol. 

    It can also come as capsules, powder or crystal.


MDMA Powder

“Bombs” of MDMA – MDMA powder wrapped in Rizzla papers

Side Effects of MDMA

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    There is no safe level of drug use. Use of any drug always carries some risk.

    MDMA can affect everyone differently, based on:

    • Size, weight and health
    • Whether the person is used to taking it
    • Whether other drugs are taken around the same time
    • The amount taken
    • The strength of the drug

    The effects of MDMA are usually felt about 20 minutes to an hour after it’s taken and last for around 6 hours.

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    There is no safe level of drug use. Use of any drug always carries some risk.

    MDMA can affect everyone differently, based on:

    • Size, weight and health
    • Whether the person is used to taking it
    • Whether other drugs are taken around the same time
    • The amount taken
    • The strength of the drug

    The effects of MDMA are usually felt about 20 minutes to an hour after it’s taken and last for around 6 hours.

  • During this time, the person may experience:

    Euphoria

    Feeling energetic and confident

    Large pupils

    Jaw clenching and teeth grinding

    Heightened senses (sight, hearing and touch)

    Excessive sweating and skin tingles

    Muscle aches and pains

    Reduced appetite

    Fast heartbeat

    Increased blood pressure

    Dehydration

    Heat stroke

    Drinking extreme amounts of water (can cause death)

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    During this time, the person may experience:

    Euphoria

    Feeling energetic and confident

    Large pupils

    Jaw clenching and teeth grinding

    Heightened senses (sight, hearing and touch)

    Excessive sweating and skin tingles

    Muscle aches and pains

    Reduced appetite

    Fast heartbeat

    Increased blood pressure

    Dehydration

    Heat stroke

    Drinking extreme amounts of water (can cause death)

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    Long-term effects:

    Regular use of MDMA may cause:

    Colds or flu

    Depression

    Needing to use more to get the same effect

    Dependence on MDMA

    Memory and concentration problems

    Financial, work and social problems

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    Long-term effects:

    Regular use of MDMA may cause:

    Colds or flu

    Depression

    Needing to use more to get the same effect

    Dependence on MDMA

    Memory and concentration problems

    Financial, work and social problems

MDMA Overdose

Mixing MDMA with other drugs

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    MDMA + Alcohol

     

    Increased risk of dehydration and consequently drinking too much water.

  • MDMA + Ice or Speed

     

    Increased risk of anxiety and reduced brain functioning due to dopamine depletion. Enormous strain on the heart and other parts of the body, which can lead to stroke.

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The effects of taking MDMA with other drugs including over-the-counter or prescribed medications can be unpredictable and dangerous.

MDMA & PTSD?

The Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) have been conducting a study on MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy to treat issues like Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) & depression.

The trials are still ongoing and have shown some positive signs.

For more information check out MAPS