MDMA, which is more commonly known as ecstasy—and more recently as Molly—is a synthetic psychoactive drug with similarities to both amphetamine (a stimulant) and mescaline (a hallucinogen). Ecstasy is popular on the ‘club scene’ as it induces feelings of euphoria, warm emotions, and distorts perceptions of time and sensations . . . a ‘head change’ perfect for escaping reality.
What users often overlook, is the fact that ecstasy use comes with some less than desirable long term effects.
Ecstasy on the Brain
Ecstasy works by targeting serotonin production in the brain’s pleasure center. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter which relates to your mood and feelings of well-being. When you first start dosing ecstasy, it increases your serotonin levels thus making you feel happy and euphoric. After a while, however, the synthetic product begins damaging the serotonin center, which can be permanent. This irreversible damage to the brain can limit the amount of serotonin your body produces and block serotonin from doing its job.
Some studies suggest long term ecstasy use may also result in the reduction of overall brain mass.
Ecstasy on the Mind and Body
Additional physical repercussions of long term ecstasy use stem from the preliminary short term use. As with all things, it is possible to have ‘too much’ and as a result, the consequences begin piling up and taking their toll. Increased heart rate and blood pressure can lead to heart palpitations, cardiovascular disease, heart attacks, and strokes. Dehydration can lead to kidney and liver damage or failure.
Side Effects of Using Ecstasy
- memory loss
- difficulty sleeping
- difficulty concentrating
- mood swings
- lowered inhibitions and increased sex drive (unprotected sex leads to STIs in addition to risky behavior endangering your physical safety)
- continual use can lead to addiction, and subsequent withdrawal issues (problems with relationships, money, work, and the law)
If you or a loved one are finding that ecstasy is controlling your life, please know there is help. Treatment Now has caring professional staff ready and willing to be assist anyway they can.
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