Ecstasy (also known as XTC, X, Adam and MDMA) is a dangerous, illegal drug that has effects similar to those of amphetamines and hallucinogens.
How Is the Drug Used?
MDMA is generally sold in 100- to 150-mg tablets, with the active dose ranging from 50 mg to as high as 300 mg. Although most users ingest MDMA, some users dissolve the pure powder and either inject it into their veins or insert it into their anus.
Is the Drug Addictive?
MDMA has a relatively low addiction potential. Reports of compulsive use and daily use have appeared in the medical literature. It is clear that the drug is addictive for some and can often take on great importance in people’s lives. Because MDMA’s desired effects decrease with its continued use, daily use is less common for MDMA than it is for other stimulants.
What Are the Effects of the Drug, and How Long Do They Last?
MDMA, which begins to take effect within 20 to 40 minutes, produces little rushes of exhilaration that can be accompanied by nausea. The user feels the peak effects 60 to 90 minutes after taking the drug and the effects typically last for 3 to 6 hours.
At low to moderate dosages, users report that MDMA produces understanding and acceptance of others. Users feel as though barriers disappear, and they feel less emotionally and sexually inhibited. Psychological effects include confusion, depression, sleep problems, drug craving, severe anxiety and paranoia. Psychotic episodes have also been reported. These effects sometimes occur weeks after taking MDMA.
Physical symptoms include muscle tension, involuntary teeth clenching, nausea, blurred vision, rapid eye movement, faintness and chills or sweating.