What is it?
MDMA, chemically known as methylenedioxymethamphetamine, is a drug that acts as both a stimulant, producing an energizing effect, and a psychedelic, causing distortions in time and perception. It was developed in the early 1900s in Germany to be used to synthesize other pharmaceuticals. In the 1970s, the drug traveled to the United States, even though it hadn’t received approval from the FDA. In 1985, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) banned the drug.
What does it look like?
MDMA typically comes in the form of round, chalky tablets in a variety of colors. Sometimes these pills contain imprints of familiar logos or symbols, like smiley faces, stars, hearts, and peace signs, and they can easily be hidden amongst colorful candies. MDMA can also be distributed in liquid and powder forms.
What are some other names for MDMA?
MDMA is also called Adam, Beans, Clarity, Disco Biscuit, E, Ecstasy, Eve, Go, Hug Drug, Lover’s Speed, Peace, STP, X, and XTC.
How is it used?
MDMA is most commonly taken orally in a tablet or capsule with effects lasting three to six hours. The average reported dose is one to two tablets, with each dose containing 60 to 120 milligrams. Sometimes the pills are crushed or snorted. MDMA abusers may “stack,” meaning they take three or more tablets at a time, or “piggy-back,” taking a series of tablets over a short period of time. Another common trend is called “candy flipping,” where one uses MDMA and LSD. MDMA is rarely used alone; many mix it with alcohol and marijuana.
What are the effects of the drug?
Effects on the Mind:
- Affects the body’s serotonin
- Swings in mood
- Increased aggression
- Heightened sexual activity
- Increased risk of permanent memory and learning issues
- Changes in perception
- Sensitivity to touch and pain
- Sleep problems
- Drug craving
Effects on the Body:
- Increased motor activity and alertness
- Increased heart rate and blood pressure
- Muscle tension and muscle cramps
- Sweating caused by hyperthermia
- Blurred vision
- Involuntary teeth clenches
What is its federal classification?
MDMA is a Schedule 1 drug.
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