5 Things You Should Know About Ecstasy

Ecstasy or MDMA is an illegal, synthetic drug that can either be snorted or taken in pill form. It is most commonly used at parties, concerts or nightclubs. Growing in popularity with teens, it is often laced with other chemicals making it particularly dangerous. Here are five things to know about ecstasy.

By Teen Rehab

Known by a variety of names, ecstasy is a drug commonly used in social situations like at musical festivals and parties. Here are 5 things you may not know about the drug.

  • 1. It’s a Stimulant

    By Teen Rehab

    Ecstasy is colloquially known as an “upper” or a stimulating drug. It increases the activity of serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine, which are three neurotransmitters in the brain. It can also have hallucinogenic effects.

  • 2. It Causes a Crash

    By Teen Rehab

    After using and experiencing a stimulating high, ecstasy causes a “crash” in natural serotonin levels leading to confusion, depression, anxiety and sleep problems.

  • 3. Created for Medical Uses

    By Teen Rehab

    The chemical compound that makes up MDMA (or ecstasy) was first discovered in the early 1900s when scientists were looking to create a medication that stopped bleeding. In the 1970s, psychologists began using the drug in forms of clinical therapy for their patients. Its side effects have instead allowed it to grow into being a popular party drug today.

  • 4. Negative Side Effects

    By Teen Rehab

    Negative side effects of ecstasy use include overheating, dry mouth, blurred vision, confusion and paranoia. In extreme circumstances, use can be fatal, due to overdose or harmful chemical mixtures within the drug.

  • 5. Street Names

    By Teen Rehab

    “Ecstasy” or “MDMA” are not the only terms this drug is referred to by. You might also hear one of the following common street names: XTC, X, Adam, E, Roll, A or 007.

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Ecstasy

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