Ecstasy

E, Molly, MDMA

Ecstasy is a synthetic drug and is chemically similar to both stimulants and hallucinogens. It gives an increased sense of confidence, energy, feelings of wellbeing, feelings of closeness to others, empathy and heightened senses.

Signs and Symptoms

Spotting the signs of ecstasy misuse is often disguised by the use of other substances which alters the symptoms. Most common signs include:

  • Unusual levels of energy

  • Abnormally friendly

  • Tight clenched jaw

  • Dilated pupils

Long-term effects of ecstasy abuse may lead to compulsive behaviours and neglect of important responsibilities.

Methods of Use

  • Orally

  • Anally

  • Snorted

  • Smoked

Adverse Effects

  • Lowered inhibitions

  • Anxiety

  • Paranoia

  • Psychosis

  • Difficulty concentrating

  • Poor muscle control

  • Muscle aches

  • Increased blood pressure, body temperature and heart rate

  • Nausea and vomiting

  • Loss of appetite

  • Sweating

  • Skin tingling

  • Jaw clenching

  • Teeth grinding

  • Convulsions

  • Physical exhaustion

  • Insomnia

  • Haemorrhaging

Overdose Potential

Ecstasy is usually combined with other substances, increasing the risk of overdose. It can cause an increase in body temperature that can lead to cardiovascular and kidney failure when taken in high doses.

Withdrawal

Physical effects of withdrawal from ecstasy are typically mild but can cause more serious psychological withdrawal.

  • Fatigue

  • Depression and anxiety

  • Irritability

  • Attention and memory issues

  • Mood swings

  • Loss of appetite

  • Depersonalization          

  • Psychosis