How Does Ecstasy Affect the Body?

MDMA or Ecstasy or Molly was initially popular in the nightclub scene and at all-night dance parties (“raves”), but the drug now affects a broader range of people.

Ecstasy is chemically similar to both stimulants and hallucinogens, producing feelings of increased energy, pleasure, emotional warmth, and distorted sensory and time perception. Such as on Ecstasy you may see colors and hear music differently, often making the experience more pleasurable. Ecstasy also increases feelings of empathy and closeness towards others.

Is Ecstasy a Dangerous Narcotic?

Ecstasy is a Schedule I medication according to the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), which indicates it has a high potential for abuse and addiction and no recognized medical usage. People who use Ecstasy usually take it as a capsule or tablet, though some swallow it in liquid form or snort the powder.

How Does Ecstasy Affect the Body?

What does ecstasy do to the brain?

The use of Ecstasy, According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) states that the activity of three of the brain’s chemical messengers are impacted and artificially increased:

  • Dopamine—produces increased energy/activity and acts in the reward system to reinforce behaviors
  • Norepinephrine—increases heart rate and blood pressure, which are particularly risky for people with heart and blood vessel problems
  • Serotonin—affects mood, appetite, sleep, and other functions. It also triggers hormones that affect sexual arousal and trust. The release of large amounts of serotonin likely causes the emotional closeness, elevated mood, and empathy felt by those who use Ecstasy.

What happens when you stop taking ecstasy?

The drug not only affects the brain chemically but alters you physically and emotionally as well. The effects of Ecstasy may only last a few hours, leading individuals to take multiple doses or use take a lot all at once, taking more than one dose back to back. When the Ecstasy wears off, individuals may experience a difficult “crash” or slight withdrawals. These symptoms can include:

  • Fatigue
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Irritability
  • Attention and memory issues
  • Insomnia
  • Decreased interest in sex
  • Hostility
  • Mood swings
  • Loss of appetite
  • Paranoia
  • Lack of motor control
  • Mental confusion
  • Panic attacks
  • Depersonalization
  • Psychosis
  • Irritability

It is thought that just because the withdrawals from Ecstasy are not considered life-threatening like other drugs and it’s more mental than physical, then it must not be dangerous. This is far from true. Repeated use of Ecstasy can not only cause a dependency due to the fact of growing tolerance, but can also increase the chance of increased heart rate, panic attacks, anxiety, depression, confusion, seizure, dehydration, and kidney problems.

Treatment for ecstasy and amphetamine addiction

The depression alone is enough to drive people into that never-ending addiction cycle or sometimes even suicide. The best and safest way to quit is through a medical detox and that is where Allure Detox can help.

When it comes to Allure Detox, we provide much more than the bare minimum.  Of course, we help clients stop using safely – that’s just a given.  Almost as important as that, though, is that we offer clients the foundation for a lifetime of relief and recovery.

That’s the Allure Detox promise: that patients leave our care with more than good health at their disposal. Our focus is on minimizing your withdrawal symptoms to a comfortable level while beginning the comprehensive treatment process that will keep you sober.