What you need to know about Ecstasy

SHAFAQNA – Ecstasy is the street term for a range of drugs similar in structure to MDMA (methylenedioxymethamphetamine). Ecstasy is similar in structure and effect to amphetamines and other hallucinogens.

These substances are stimulants that speed up activity in the nervous system. Because of their hallucinogenic properties, they typically affect perception and can cause things to appear distorted, or things that don’t exist to be seen or heard.

Possession of Ecstasy is illegal in most countries. and its ingredients are often hard to obtain. Therefore, manufacturers often substitute a wide range of substances when making the drug. Like with other illegally manufactured drugs, there is no control over factors such as strength and hygiene of the drug, which greatly increases the chances of a person overdosing, being poisoned, or experiencing otheradverse reactions.

Ecstasy is also known as “E”, “XTC”, “eccy”, and ” love drug” on the street.

How Is It Used?

Ecstasy usually comes in tablet form, in various colors, sizes, shapes and designs. Although some users crush it, snort it, or mix with various beverages, swallowing is the most common way that ecstasy is used. Also, the pills are sometimes inserted into the anus in order to get a quick effect. This maneuver is called “shafting” or “shelving”.

History Of Ecstasy

The original patent for MDMA was filed on Christmas Eve 1912 by the German pharmaceutical company Merck, after being first synthesized by the German chemist Anton Köllisch. Unfortunately, this expert died without any idea of the impact this synthesis would have. The original purpose of this drug has been a styptic effect – controlling bleeding from wounds. Half a century later, it became illegal in the United States. Before then, it was used both as a supplement to psychotherapy and as a recreational drug.

When Did It Appear On The Streets?

Ecstasy appeared sporadically as a street drug in the early 1970s, especially in trendy yuppie bars and in gay dance clubs. From there, its use spread to rave clubs, and then to mainstream society. Today ecstasy, spreading among young adults in universities and in high schools, became one of the four most widely used illegal drugs in the U.S., along with cocaine, heroin and cannabis.

Is Death A Possibility?

Death could be caused by overdose of ecstasy, or if taken by people who suffer from any of the high risk conditions. Although it is difficult to determine the exact number of ecstasy-related deaths that have occurred, the toxic effects of ecstasy that can lead to death include:

• heart attack

• brain hemorrhage

• blood clotting

• kidney failure

• overheating

Long-Term Effects

It’s difficult to talk about long-term effects of ecstasy because people tend not to use ecstasy for a long time. There is some limited evidence suggesting that ecstasy causes damage to certain parts of the brain.






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