Ecstasy (MDMA, 3,4 methylenedioxymethamphetamine) is a synthetic, psychoactive drug chemically similar to the stimulant methamphetamine and the hallucinogen mescaline. It is an illegal drug that acts as both a stimulant and psychedelic, producing an energizing effect, as well as distortions in time and perception and enhanced enjoyment from tactile experiences.
Its primary effects are in the brain on neurons that use the chemical serotonin to communicate with other neurons. The serotonin system plays an important role in regulating mood, aggression, sexual activity, sleep, and sensitivity to pain. Ecstasy definition.
Some of the most colorful slang terms used for ecstasy (MDMA), based on the name of the drug, effects, and appearance, include:
- Happy Pill
- Hug Drug
- Scooby Snacks
- Lover’s Speed
Types of Ecstasy
Ecstasy is usually taken in tablet or capsule form, but it can also be swallowed as a liquid or snorted as a powder.
- Tablets: Ecstasy typically comes in a tablet form that’s often imprinted with graphic designs or commercial logos.
- Powder: Ecstasy known by the popular nickname Molly (which is slang for “molecular”) is often used for the supposedly “pure” crystalline powder form of MDMA. However, Molly is often combined with other substances like synthetic cathinone (bath salts), according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.
Unlike other recreational drugs such as cocaine and nicotine, which are derived from plants, ecstasy is synthesized by altering the structure of the amphetamine molecule. Because of the way it’s made, its purity can vary substantially, and other compounds can be easily combined into the same tablet. Ecstasy additives and contaminants often include methamphetamine, caffeine, ephedrine, and ketamine.
Signs of Ecstasy Use
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, MDMA causes a range of effects including:
- Attention problems
- Decreased libido
- Memory problems
- Reduced appetite
The effects of MDMA typically last for three to six hours.
Since the late 1980s, Ecstasy has become an embracive “marketing” term for drug dealers selling “Ecstasy-type” drugs that may, in fact, contain very little or no MDMA at all. And while MDMA itself can produce harmful effects, what is called Ecstasy today can contain a wide mixture of substances – from LSD, cocaine, heroin, amphetamine, and methamphetamine, to rat poison, caffeine, dog deworming substances, etc. Despite the cute logos dealers put on the pills, this is what makes Ecstasy particularly dangerous; a user never really knows what he is taking. Ecstasy meaning, The dangers are increased when users increase the dose seeking a previous high, not knowing they may be taking an entirely different combination of drugs.
Ecstasy Definition, Ecstasy most commonly comes in pill form but can also be injected and taken in other ways. Liquid Ecstasy is actually GHB, a nervous system depressant – a substance that can also be found in drain cleaner, floor stripper, and degreasing solvents.