Ecstasy is one of the most dangerous drugs threatening the youth and adults today. It is also known as MDMA. It is one of the easiest illegal drugs to obtain. It comes as white, yellow, or brown pills. It varies in its size, shape, and design. It is generally taken in pill form and can also be injected.
It lifts the spirits of the user who feel 'high' at the moment. It speeds up the nervous system leading to mood change. The feeling of 'high' can last from 6 to 24 hours but usually averages 3 to 4 hours. The user feels relaxed, happy, highly energetic, and content. The preceding effects start within 30 minutes of taking the drug. There is increased confidence and well being.
Higher doses will not increase the good feeling. On the contrary, it would cause grievous harm and danger.
Ecstasy causes injury to the brain. It affects neurons that use the chemical serotonin to communicate with other neurons. Serotonin plays a direct role in regulating mood, aggression, sleep, sexual activity, and sensitivity to pain. Many of the side effects are the same as for cocaine and amphetamines.
Psychological side effects are depression, confusion, severe anxiety, and paranoia which can even occur weeks after taking ecstasy. Physical side effects are nausea, blurred vision, faintness, and increase in heart rate and blood pressure which is a problem to people with heart disease.