- Ecstasy's psychological effects can include
confusion, depression, sleep problems, anxiety, and paranoia during, and sometimes
weeks after, taking the drug.
at The Johns Hopkins University demonstrated that 4 days of exposure to the drug
caused damage that persisted 6 to 7 years later.
is most commonly used at all night parties called "raves".
imaging research in humans indicates that MDMA causes injury to the brain, affecting
neurons that use the chemical serotonin to communicate with other neurons.
of the risks users face with MDMA use are similar to those found with the use
of cocaine and amphetamines.
difficulties due to ecstasy include confusion, depression, sleep problems, drug
craving, severe anxiety, and paranoia - during and sometimes weeks after taking
- Physical symptoms due to ecstasy
include muscle tension, involuntary teeth clenching, nausea, blurred vision, rapid
eye movement, faintness, and chills or sweating.
content varies widely, and it frequently consists of substances entirely different
from MDMA, ranging from caffeine to dextromethorphan.
room data indicate that MDMA is increasingly used by marijuana users, with reports
of MDMA in combination with marijuana increasing from 8 in 1990 to 796 in 1999.
tablets seized by the Drug Enforcement Administration increased from 13,342 in
1996 to 949,257 in 2000.
- MDMA is on
the U.S. Schedule I of controlled substances, and is illegal to manufacture, possess,
or sell in the United States.
doses of ecstasy range from around 80 to 160 milligrams of MDMA when taken orally.
ecstasy is taken by mouth, the effects manifest about 30-45 minutes later.
was first synthesized and patented in 1914 by the German drug company called Merck.
tests of people who have taken Ecstasy as compared to non-drug users have shown
that the Ecstasy users had lower scores.
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