While it is not as addictive as heroin or cocaine, ecstasy can cause other adverse
effects including nausea, hallucinations, chills, sweating, increases in body
temperature, tremors, involuntary teeth clenching, muscle cramping, and blurred
vision. Ecstasy users also report after-effects of anxiety, paranoia, and depression.
An ecstasy overdose is characterized by high blood pressure, faintness, panic
attacks, and, in more severe cases, loss of consciousness, seizures, and a drastic
rise in body temperature. Ecstasy overdoses can be fatal, as they may result in
heart failure or extreme heat stroke.
effects of ecstasy
The effects start after about 20 minutes and can last for hours. These is a 'rush'
feeling followed by a feeling of calm and a sense of well being to those around,
often with a heightened perception of color and sound. Some people actually feel
sick and experience a stiffening up of arms, legs and particularly the jaw along
with sensations of thirst, sleeplessness, depression and paranoia. Gives a feeling
of energy. Some mild hallucinogenic effects.
Many problems users encounter with Ecstasy are similar to those found with the
use of amphetamines and cocaine. They include increases in heart rate and blood
pressure, nausea, blurred vision, faintness, chills, sweating, and such psychological
problems as confusion, depression, sleep problems, craving, severe anxiety, paranoia,
and psychotic episodes. Ecstasy's chemical cousin, MDA, destroys cells that produce
serotonin in the brain. These cells play a direct roll in regulating aggression,
mood, sexual activity, sleep, and sensitivity to pain. Methamphetamine, also similar
to Ecstasy, damages brain cells that produce dopamine. Scientists have now shown
that ecstasy not only makes the brain's nerve branches and endings degenerate,
but also makes them "re-grow, but abnormally - failing to reconnect with
some brain areas and connecting elsewhere with the wrong areas. These reconnections
may be permanent, resulting in cognitive impairments, changes in emotion, learning,
memory, or hormone-like chemical abnormalities
effects of ecstasy?
The effects of long-term ecstasy use are just beginning to undergo scientific
analysis. In 1998, the National Institute of Mental Health conducted a study of
a small group of habitual ecstasy users who were abstaining from use. The study
revealed that the abstinent users suffered damage to the neurons in the brain
that transmit serotonin, an important biochemical involved in a variety of critical
functions including learning, sleep, and integration of emotion. The results of
the study indicate that recreational ecstasy users may be at risk of developing
permanent brain damage that may manifest itself in depression, anxiety, memory
loss, and other neuropsychotic disorders.
Ecstasy stimulates the release of the neurotransmitter serotonin from brain neurons,
producing a high that lasts from several minutes to an hour. The drug's rewarding
effects vary with the individual taking it, the dose and purity, and the environment
in which it is taken. Ecstasy can produce stimulant effects such as an enhanced
sense of pleasure and self-confidence and increased energy. Its psychedelic effects
include feelings of peacefulness, acceptance, and empathy. Users claim they experience
feelings of closeness with others and a desire to touch them. Because ecstasy
engenders feelings of closeness and trust and has a short duration of action,
some clinicians claim that the drug is potentially valuable as a psychotherapeutic
agent. However, ecstasy is classified by Federal regulators as a drug with no
accepted medical use.