What is MDMA?

3,4-methylenedioxy-methamphetamine or MDMA is a synthetic drug. It alters perception and mood, similar to the way stimulants and hallucinogens do.

Ecstasy and Molly are drugs that consist of MDMA and typically a combination of other drugs. One of the reasons Ecstasy is so dangerous is that it may contain heroin or meth.

How is MDMA used?

MDMA is usually taken in the form of a capsule or a tablet that is ingested verbally. It also can be snorted if it is in powder form.

How does MDMA affect people who have used it?

People who have taken MDMA may experience:

  • enhanced senses
  • empathy towards others
  • a sense of general well being

After someone comes down from MDMA, they may experience:

  • anxiety
  • irritability
  • sadness
  • lack of appetite
  • thirst
  • decreased interest in sex
  • restlessness

What are the health effects of MDMA?

Little is known about the long-term effects of MDMA other than those who use it continuously can experience a spike in body temperature that may result in heart, liver, or kidney failure.

It should also be noted that there have been studies that have shown MDMA may have a place in the treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). However, there is still much to be learned in this area.