Ecstasy, a synthetic man made drug, can have qualities of a hallucinogenic, stimulant or a depressant.  Ecstasy generally comes in a pill form that is about the size of an Advil. Pure ecstasy, the substance MDMA resembles a powdery substance that can be snorted for a more intense high.

Ecstasy pills are man made, so you never really know what you are taking. An extacy addict will not know whether their pills are cut with dope or speed.  Dealers know that they can combine more addictive drugs with MDMA (Methylenedioxymethamphetamine) to get more people hooked.

Ecstasy manufacturers also use colors and interesting pictures to make ecstasy pills seem less dangerous.  They are produced in a variety of different colors (white, yellow, blue and red), and they may have different pictures (smiley faces, Nike swooshes, Mitsubishi symbols, Playboy bunnies, smurfs, etc.) stamped on top when the pills are pressed.  These unique images allow dealers to brand their product.

Dope pushers are aware that these marketing techniques make ecstasy pills seem more playful than harmful.

Ecstasy is most prevalent in the night club or “rave” scene.  People abuse pills like ecstasy in these kinds of settings to have more energy, dance better, “feel” the music, and feel friendlier.  Others say they abuse extacy because the drug helps them overcome their fears.

The high produced from Ecstasy lowers a person’s inhibitions, so it makes people do things they wouldn’t normally do.  People under the influence of ecstasy have been known to make poor decisions, or have unprotected sex and not remember it.

Ecstasy Slang Terms:

  • Adam
  • beams
  • disco biscuits
  • E
  • extacy
  • MDMA
  • pills
  • roll
  • skittles
  • smurfs
  • tablets
  • triple stacks
  • X
  • XTC

Ecstasy Side Effects:

While ecstasy may create very pleasurable feelings and increased energy, the negative side effects that go along with the drug are extremely dangerous.  Immediately following the high produced from extacy, a person will experience anxiety, insomnia, mood swings and depression.

Ecstasy has a direct affect on the body’s temperature, and increases a person’s energy.  Dancing for long periods of time with all this ecstasy energy can lead to dehydration or overheating.

Long term use of ecstasy leads to problems in the brain with cells that produce serotonin.  Serotonin levels control our mood, pleasure, appetite, learning and memory.  Research involving people who abused extacy for an extended period of time proves that ecstasy abusers suffer significant problems with memory and learning for many years after they abuse the drug.

Long term heavy use of ecstasy also leads to a tolerance to the drug where more is needed to produce the same effect. More importantly, ecstasy is extremely psychologically addicting.

The dangerous effects associated with ecstasy include the following:

  • Insomnia
  • Confusion
  • Anxiety
  • Panic attacks
  • Depression
  • Increased energy
  • Suppressed appetite
  • Sweating
  • Dilated pupils
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Blurred vision
  • Abdominal pains
  • Chills
  • Dehydration
  • Hypothermia
  • Overheating
  • Dry mouth
  • Jaw pain
  • Jaw clenching
  • Personality changes
  • Feelings of closeness to others
  • Desire to touch others
  • Increased self confidence
  • Transfixions on sounds and sights
  • Memory problems
  • Reduced cognitive abilities
  • Brain damage
  • Seizures
  • Cardio vascular failure
  • Kidney and liver failure

If you or someone you care about needs help with ecstasy addiction, please call (800) 290-7150. All calls are confidential.

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