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The chemical composition of ecstasy is 3-4-methylenedioxymethampheta-mine. This drug is a psychoactive and synthetic drug that includes properties such as amphetamine. Ecstasy usually comes in the form of a tablet but is also available in liquid, capsule, and powdered form.

Ecstasy is a stimulant as well as an illegal and synthetic drug with potent hallucinogenic properties. Research and studies suggest that ecstasy is a possible treatment for PTSD or post-traumatic stress disorder. Some also show that it can help with social anxiety in autistic adults and anxiety in terminally sick patients.

Ecstasy Effects and Abuse

An Ecstasy drug promotes happiness, well-being, and friendliness. This drug will enhance the senses of touch, smell, sound, and sight. People mostly use this drug at raves and dance clubs, which allows for increased sensations.

The effects of using ecstasy include:

  • Lowered inhibitions
  • Empathy for others
  • Long-lasting energy
  • Calmness and relaxation
  • Heightened senses
  • Euphoria

Like many other drugs, ecstasy interferes with your brain’s natural dopamine and pleasure center levels. The high effect of ecstasy lasts typically for three to five hours. However, the duration of the effect depends on many different factors, such as the method of administration, amount consumed, gender, and body weight. The effect of ecstasy can last for almost eight hours.

Is Ecstasy Addictive?

There are various viewpoints of different clinics on whether ecstasy is addictive or not and how addictive it is. Many people have reported an addiction to ecstasy. However, there are very few examples of clinical research on this topic compared to other drugs. Few studies indicate that ecstasy is addictive, but there is limited research when compared to other drugs.

Nevertheless, that doesn’t mean that addiction to ecstasy will not develop serious problems. Recognizing an ecstasy addiction is difficult, as there are no obvious withdrawal symptoms. Moreover, it is prevalent among the younger generation in social settings. Continuous use of ecstasy can lead to physical and psychological dependence.

If you are addicted to ecstasy, then you will keep using the substance without concern for the consequences. Even if ecstasy isn’t the only drug leading to your dependency, it does play a role in its addiction.

What Are the Effects of Ecstasy?

Not just ecstasy, but the effects of any drug may vary from person to person. How ecstasy will affect you depends on many factors such as your health, weight, and size. It also relies on whether you are taking this drug along with other drugs. The effects also depend on your dosage.

There isn’t any safe amount of drugs that you can take. Using any drug at any amount will have some risk. Even medication and prescribed drugs can lead to side effects. You need to be careful when taking these drugs.

Immediate Effects

You may feel the effect of ecstasy within 20 minutes or even in an hour after you swallow the pill. The effect of the pill may last for more than six hours.

Low to Moderate Doses

Some effects of ecstasy that you might experience include:

  • Teeth grinding
  • Jaw clenching
  • Heightened sensations (touch, hearing, and sight)
  • Dilated pupils
  • Skin tingles
  • Sweating
  • Increased body temperature
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea
  • Increased heart rate and blood pressure
  • Muscle stiffness and aches
  • Poor muscle control and unsteadiness
  • Psychosis, aggression, and paranoia
  • Paranoia, aggression and
  • Anxiety
  • Empathy
  • Feelings of closeness to others
  • Feelings of wellbeing
  • Lowered inhibitions
  • Increased energy and confidence

Higher Doses

An excessive dosage of ecstasy can lead to an overdose. This means that you have consumed more of this substance than your body can tolerate. These can lead to effects such as:

  • Convulsions (fits)
  • Irrational or bizarre behavior
  • Hallucinations
  • Increased heartbeat
  • High blood pressure
  • High body temperature
  • Vomiting
  • Floating sensations

Ecstasy has also led to deaths due to brain hemorrhage and heart attacks.

Coming Down

After you consume ecstasy, you may experience a phase known as “coming down” and will experience the following effects:

  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Paranoia
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Depression and irritability
  • Physical exhaustion

You will experience coming down since your intake of the pill and may last for a few days.

Long-Term Effects

There is some evidence suggesting that ecstasy can cause damage to many parts of your brain. It can also lead to regular or heavy depression. If you are consuming ecstasy regularly, you will not be able to sleep or eat properly and ignore your health. You will feel run down, have less energy, and always be at risk of infection, flu, or cold.

Other Effects of Ecstasy Use

Social Problems

This drug can affect every area of your life.

  • Frustration and disagreements over the use of drugs can lead to family arguments and affect personal relationships
  • Health and legal problems can also damage your professional relationships, along with your financial position

Taking Ecstasy Along With Other Drugs

If you are consuming ecstasy with other stimulants such as cocaine or amphetamines, the chances of an overdose will increase. This will cause various health issues, such as anxiety, increased blood pressure, and increased heart rate.

People often take ecstasy with benzodiazepines to help against the symptoms of a comedown. However, this can lead to a cycle of dependence on both of the drugs. Drinking alcohol and ecstasy together can cause overheating and dehydration, which also affects the comedown negatively.

If you are on antidepressant medication and still consume ecstasy, this drug will cause some unpleasant effects, including loss of coordination, vomiting, nausea, and increased heart rate.

Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

Using any drugs during pregnancy and breastfeeding can affect not only you but also your child. To learn about the effects of consuming drugs while you are breastfeeding or pregnant, read this publication by


Driving after using ecstasy is very dangerous. The side effects of ecstasy include poor muscle control and over-confidence and may affect your ability to drive. When you are over-confident while driving, you are open to more risks and increase the chances of an accident. Moreover, the symptoms of withdrawal and coming down may also affect your ability to drive.

Using Ecstasy In The Workplace

Under safety legislation and occupational health, every employee is responsible for ensuring that they and their coworker are completely safe. The effects of ecstasy, including poor muscle control and over-confidence, can affect your ability to perform tasks and work safely and effectively.


If you or your loved one is suffering from ecstasy drug abuse, you should immediately look for help. You can visit our rehabilitation center and join rehab programs designed by experts and professionals. You can contact us at 855-458-0050 for complete information about the abuse of ecstasy.

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