Hype and reality behind Ecstasy

Hypes about Ecstasy: That Ecstasy is the best drug that has hit the Raves and circuit party scenes? That it’s the love pill that makes you want to hug and kiss everybody? That everything becomes bright and clear? That inside you experience joy and happiness? That it’s a great high with the fewest problems? It doesn’t mess up your brain if you only do it once a week? That it’s a much prettier world when you’re on Ecstasy? House music makes more sense when you’re on E? It gives you the energy to dance all night. It helps you be part of the club culture? One E head knows another? You’re open to experiencing more gender blending when you’re on X? It’s so relaxing? It helps you with your depression? It helps you connect better with others when using XTC? That a room filled with strangers all become your new friends? You feel so much better about yourself when high on the love drug?

Some users say they take ecstasy because it lowers their inhibitions and relaxes them. MDMA is also said to increase awareness and feelings of pleasure and to give people energy. However, some people report side effects after taking MDMA such as headaches, chills, eye twitching, jaw clenching, blurred vision and nausea. Some doses of MDMA can cause dehydration, hyperthermia and seizures. The effects of MDMA send some people to the emergency room. Unlike the drug LSD, MDMA in low doses does not cause people to hallucinate. Ecstasy gained national attention when it was the drug of choice at club parties, called “raves.” In a survey taken in 2005, 3.0% of 12th graders, 2.6% of 10th graders and 1.7% of 8th graders reported that they had used MDMA at least once within the year.

Users report a number of side effects, including:

  • Heatstroke (also known as hyperthermia)
  • Nausea
  • Muscle tension
  • Blurred vision
  • Faintness
  • Chills
  • Sweating
  • Teeth clenching
  • Day-after depression

Ecstasy-related deaths have been reported, usually as a result of heatstroke from dancing in hot clubs for long hours without replenishing lost body fluids. Dehydration and heat exhaustion are the two biggest dangers when under the influence of MDMA. It is important to note that there are many other side effects that can occur from other unknown drugs/substances that could be in the ecstasy tablet. These can include addiction, overdose, and death.

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