Ecstasy is the common slang used for the term MDMA or Methylenedioxymethamphetamine. This is a psychoactive drug made of synthetic components with hallucinogenic and stimulant effects. In the early 1910s, the drug was created to serve as an appetite suppressant. It was quite hush and the 1960s saw its entry to medical use to address mental disorders but it was short lived. It was a legal drug until the 1980s when rampant use of the drug in the nightclub scene has become very prominent. The stimulant effect of this drug is not as intense as with cocaine and it is more popular for the hallucinogenic properties that it offers.
The drug is prepared in secret laboratories and since it is illegal, the amount of drug inside can vary, and this can result to overdose. The MDMA is considered as a Schedule 1 substance and that means it has no medicinal purposes and there is a high level of abuse that can be acquired from exposure to the drug. You will often see this drug on raves. The 1980s and 1990s has seen its immense outbreak in the party scene and became a choice of drug for young partygoers. Due to the price, the drug is more prominent to affluent individuals but recent times have seen its expansion across various individuals.
It was said that Ecstasy has effects that are similar to LSD in the 50s and 60s but they are untrue. To those who have tried the drug or propose to use the drug for medicinal purposes, people become more trusting and it can help break down barriers to develop a more smooth sailing therapy or counseling. However, it is not without side effects. The drug can cause psychological effects and physical symptoms. When it comes to psychological effects, the drug can result to:
- sleep problem
- psychotic episodes
These effects can take place while on the drugs or even weeks after taking the drugs. When it comes to physical effects, Ecstasy can elevate body temperature, cause profuse sweating, nauseousness, muscle tension, clenching of teeth, and faintness. Elevated body heat can affect the heart and blood pressure that can result to circulatory problems.
In the recent years, herbal ecstasy was introduced and marketed as a safe alternative but has been proven equally unsafe that resulted to multiple deaths and other chronic illnesses on the heart and permanent nerve damage and strokes.