Drugs are a rising problem with today’s teens. “New” and “hip” drugs are especially on the rise. One of these up and coming substances is Ecstasy. Properly known as MDMA (methyldioxymethamphetamine), Ecstasy is most commonly used at dance clubs, raves, and atmospheres where there are a lot of people and loud music. Ecstasy is often referred to as, “E”, “X”, and “rolls”. In this paper, I will show what can be found in ecstasy, the effects, reasons for use, and also provide several stories of people who use it, and why they choose to do so. Furthermore, I will answer the question: “Is ecstasy addictive, and how?”
Many people often wonder what truly is in ecstasy. As I stated earlier, in its pure form, ecstasy is known as MDMA, or methyldioxymethamphetamine. This is what buyers hope to get when purchasing a roll of “e”. However, because of costs and the high demand for this drug, many dealers find it economically feasible and beneficial to mix in other drugs with MDMA. Thus, other drugs and substances can be found in any given ecstasy pill. The most common drugs found in ecstasy are MDEA and MDA.
These are similar to MDMA, but have different effects on the user. MDEA lasts a shorter time, while MDA lasts longer, and has a more speedy edge. Both drugs, however, lack the aspect of empathy-the idea that one is connected with others’ thoughts and emotions. This is crucial, considering this is one of the biggest effects of MDMA. Many other substances, aside from the last two, have been found in ecstasy pills. These are Speed, LSD, Ketamine, Aspirin and other over-the-counter pills!, Atropine, 4-MTA (meththioamphetamine), and DXM (dextromethorphan). Ketamine is an anaesthetic, providing very different effects on the user.
The last three drugs, Atropine, 4-MTA, and DXM can be very dangerous when mixed with MDMA. DXM is commonly found in cough medicines. However a high dosage, mixed with MDMA, puts dangerous levels of strain on the liver. Atropine is a prescription drug that relaxes the muscles lining the walls of the intestines.
Though these can be dangerous combinations, very few have turned out to be deadly. However one pill was seized in the Netherlands on January 28 of this year, containing strychnine (rat poison). Fortunately it was not consumed. So, as you can see, dealers and manufacturers of ecstasy have found a wide range of alternative substances to combine with MDMA, to cut down on costs, and to increase the level of revenue due to the high demand of this drug.
Another popular question among the public is: “What is the trip or high like, while on ecstasy?” The feedback on this inquiry is very positive, with no or seldom complaints. A common remark among users is that while they are “rolling”, they are very happy, and at peace with others and themselves. They also claim to have very high levels of energy. This is why ecstasy is so popular on the rave and dance club scene. As I stated earlier, a very common experience, while on “e”, is a great sense of empathy. Users are often very emotional (joy), and have an increased sensitivity to touch-backrubs, kisses, hugs, sexual encounters, etc….
Because of this, many users warn strongly against any form of sexual interaction while on “e”, claiming that when sober, sex will never be the same. Obviously, this is not a proven fact, but rather a general consensus from experienced users. Furthermore, considering all of these factors, ecstasy appears to be a “feel-good” drug, having no do!
There are, however, many physical, emotional, and mental drawbacks to this drug. The most common side effects after using ecstasy are: confusion, anxiety, panic attacks, depression, sleeping difficulties, depersonalization, derealization, hallucinations, flashbacks, paranoia, psychosis, tolerance and dependency syndromes, and subsequent addiction to sedatives. These all, however, depend on the frequency and amount of ecstasy used. The main reason for the sense of depersonalization and derealization, is that while the user is on their trip, or “rolling”, they have that false sense of security, which is the same with almost every other drug.
When they are coming down from that high, they feel so depressed and lack that sense of empathy, that they feel that they cannot associate with others, or even with their own thoughts and emotions. This is why many users of ecstasy turn to other drugs during this time, marijuana and tobacco being the most popular, and because of this, !
subsequent addictions are obtained. Furthermore, large quantities of ecstasy can result in low serotonin levels, which can cause depression and anxiety. Heavy users of “e” may experience low mood swings, irritability, and develop a dependency syndrome after a long weekend of partying and “rolling”.