Ecstasy (also known as MDMA) is often used leisurely, because of its psychoactive effects.
People who take it are drawn towards it because it ignites positive emotions (euphoria, heightened sensations, etc.). This drug causes every sensation of touch, light, and sound to be greatly intensified, thus making it popular at parties and concerts.
Ecstasy can be abused via the following routes:
Orally (pill, tablet, or capsule)
If you’re looking to identify whether or not a friend or loved one is abusing ecstasy, you can start looking for signs as soon as they begin. A person will more than likely experience a wide range of effects, due to a combination of the stimulating and hallucinogenic properties of the drug.
SYMPTOMS OF USE:
Increased desire for/pleasure from physical touch
Increased heart rate
Tension in mouth, face, and jaw
Personality changes/mood swings
Cravings for the drug
Distorted perception of time
Feelings of emotional peace and empathy
Decreased awareness of/sensation of pain
High increase in energy
Frequent attendance of late-night events (parties, concerts, etc.)
Having several sexual partners
Hiding small colorful tablets (or powder packets) in different places
Irregular sleep patterns
Possession of rave party accessories (glow sticks, LED lights, etc.), lollipops, and pacifiers
Ecstasy also causes overstimulation in the brain and changes the activity and course of neurons and neurotransmitters in your central nervous system (CNS). If an electrical activity becomes out of control, the user may experience seizures or convulsions. This also leads to increased:
- Body temperature: When your core body temperature rises, sweat glands heavily cover your skin with sweat to cool you down, which puts you at risk for undetectable dehydration
- Heart rate: Increased heart rate significantly elevates blood pressure, increasing the risk of heart attack or stroke
- Sensory perception: False sensations caused by ecstasy caused decreased awareness of your surroundings, which puts you in danger of becoming a victim of unintentional self-harm, or violence; it also causes sensations of intimacy towards others and wipes away sexual prohibitions.
SIGNS OF OVERDOSE:
Loss of consciousness
Extremely high blood pressure
Overdosing on ecstasy can permanently damage your organs, break down your muscles, cause kidney or liver failure, swelling of the brain, or heart attack.
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