Ecstasy is a psychoactive drug that offers hallucinogenic and stimulant effects. Its most popular form, MDMA, was synthesized in 1912 by a company in Germany and was originally intended for suppression of appetite. It is the analogue of the MDA that became very popular during the 1960s. The following decade, in the US, this drug was used for the facilitation of psychotherapy. The 80s and 90s saw the more explicit usage of ecstasy and was frequently combined with other drugs. It was not used with alcohol as it was said that the ecstasy effects lessen with the depressant effect of alcohol. One would often hear the term ecstasy on wild raves and the youth sector has increasingly expanded its reach.
Ecstasy comes mostly in tablet form but can also be in powdered versions. To have varied effects, users would either ingest or snort the drug and even smoke it. The effect can last for 4 to 6 hours. When used, the effect targets the pleasure centers of the brain, giving a different “high” or a feeling of pleasure and positive feelings, removal of anxiety, empathy, and relaxed feelings. Another effect is more physical and was said to suppress hunger, thirst and even tiredness so people can actually rave for a number couple of days. Another side effect is extreme exhaustion and dehydration due to the previous suppression of the natural human mechanisms.
Though ecstasy is not as addictive as cocaine or heroin, ecstasy can still offer some adverse effects to its users such as elevated body temperature, chills, nausea, profuse clenching of teeth, hallucinations, tremors, vision blurriness, and cramps. There are also other effects to the mind such as anxiety, depression and paranoia. An overdose to ecstasy can result to more severe effects like panic attacks, elevated blood pressure, faintness and it can also result to seizures, sudden loss of consciousness and body temperatures elevating in extreme levels. Finally, it can lead to fatal consequences due to heart failure or stroke caused by the accumulation of heat.
Those people who abstained themselves on the drugs have seen clear long-term effects on the nervous system. It damages the neurons that help transmit serotonin that is necessary for learning, emotion and integration. The manifested results can be memory loss, anxiety, depression and permanent damage to the brain. Even if some deem the drug to have promise in psychiatric studies, mot federal drug agencies consider ecstasy as an illegal drug with no acceptable medical use.