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Ecstasy is made in illegal drug labs. Its chemical name is 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine, or MDMA. The Ecstasy that is sold on the street is often "cut" (mixed) with other things such as caffeine, ephedrine, amphetamine, ketamine, and LSD.
Ecstasy is usually sold in pill or capsule form. Sometimes it has a logo stamped on it such as a butterfly or "X". It can also be sold in powder form and "snorted" (inhaled) or the tablets can be crushed up and snorted. It can also be injected, although this is less common.
Ecstasy first became popular in the 1980s. It was mainly a "club drug" used by people at all night dance parties called raves. In recent years a wider range or people in different settings are using Ecstasy.
Ecstasy affects users in different ways depending on:
Some of the Short Term Effects
Feelings of pleasure and well-being
Feeling "closer" to others
Sociable and confident
Teeth grinding and jaw pain
Sweating Increase in blood pressure and heart rate
Possible anxiety/panic attacks
Nausea and vomiting
After initial effects have worn off, users may have problems with sleeping or remembering. They may also feel:
Long Term Effects
We do not know what the long term effects of Ecstasy are, but studies with animals show it could cause problems in the parts of the brain involved in learning and memory.
People who use Ecstasy can develop tolerance and need to use more and more to get the same effect. They may become psychologically dependent on Ecstasy and think they need it. But, people don't seem to become physically dependent and experience withdrawal symptoms when they stop using Ecstasy.