Synthetic drugs are very popular among young users around the world. For the longest time, these forms of illicit substances were used to mimic, imitate, or substitute common illegal drugs. Their intent is to give a pleasurable experience to its users during recreational hours and festive activities. But one of the most popular synthetic drugs, MDMA, carries a line of deadly potential behind every pill. Due to its irregular production, synthetic substances such as MDMA are often mixed with chemical compounds that can be hazardous for human consumption.

What Is MDMA (Ecstasy/Molly)?

3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA) is a popular synthetic substance that is used to alter the user’s mood and awareness. This chemical compound relates to stimulants and hallucinogens which cause extreme pleasure, emotional tranquility, and an altered sense of perception. This drug is illegal due to its series of components, and any distribution or consumption of MDMA is against federal law. This drug like other synthetic drugs is designed to mimic different effects of other illicit drugs.

MDMA On The Brain And Symptoms

Their common street names are known as Ecstasy and Molly. These drugs were initially common in places such as nightclubs and other large gatherings, such as parties. But in recent years they have become popular in personal use for therapeutic and self-awareness situations. These drugs are commonly taken as small oral tablets varying in shapes and colors. Although a common drug, combined with other forms of drugs or even on its own can turn deadly at high doses. Almost 20% of the typical age range for ecstasy and Molly is between the ages of 18 and over.

As mentioned above the popularity of MDMA comes from its effect on the mind and body, such as reduced negative thought, empathy, euphoria, and overall relaxation. The perception of reality can also be altered, such as viewing objects, shapes, and colors and a more impactful manner.

Aside from this, specific psychological effects may be exhibited in a person’s mind as well as physical ones. Common physical symptoms may include sweating, body tremors, elevated blood pressure, elevated heart rate, nausea, muscle pains, insomnia, and uneasiness.

Like many other substances which exhibit hangovers or comedowns, MDMA is no different. People experience fatigue, tiredness, depression, and other low point feelings after the drug’s effects have worn off. A lot of times other factors help contribute to the negative come down the drug has on people such as insomnia polydrug use, and poor dieting.

MDMA Abuse And Addiction

If taken at higher doses the above symptoms can appear more intense and cause deadly consequences. MDMA may produce tolerance for people which can last for several days. The drug stays in the user’s system for at least a week maybe more depending on the dose levels. MDMA tolerance may be achieved if the user begins taking the illicit substance for a few times a month. Taking the substance repeatedly can cause serotonergic neurotoxicity, memory loss, and other psychobiological disorders. For certain people,  MDMA can spark serotonin syndrome which is potentially deadly due to the overloading of the body’s serotonin levels.

Addiction is probably not the best term to describe the overuse of the drug. Common abuse for MDMA stems from the person acquiring pills that often contain higher doses. Anything over 80mg is considered to be stepping into dangerous territory. It is these higher doses that cause significant ill-ridded effects such as paranoia, agitation, and nausea.

MDMA Withdrawal

Withdrawing from MDMA or ecstasy comes with a series of factors to keep in mind. These factors include a person’s metabolism, age, level of tolerance,  drug usage frequency, and health. Often, MDMA is used in conjunction with other substances such as marijuana, alcohol, cocaine, heroin, sleeping aids, or other prescription and illicit drugs. These can have a very strong and negative effect on a person’s health and withdrawal.

The following symptoms are among the most common with MDMA withdrawal:

  • Anxiety
  • Paranoia
  • Fatigue
  • Depression
  • Memory Loss
  • Mood Swings
  • Out of Character Behaviour
  • Confusion
  • Lack of Concentration

Given the often mixing of substances, it’s hard to determine 100% what added withdrawal symptoms could occur. However, mixing drugs such as LSD, cocaine, marijuana or other components, can increase the intake symptoms significantly. Withdrawing from Ecstasy has a much more powerful effect psychologically than physically.

Detox And Treatment

Detoxification is the best resort when it comes to combating addiction. In many instances, those who are suffering from addiction never seek the proper treatment they deserve. This causes negative setbacks for the future. Medical detoxification helps patients with their psychological and physiological addictions. In many addiction cases, people tend to return to substance abuse because their initial habits haven’t ceased. Detox and recurring therapy is the way to go.

Detox consists of eliminating drug toxins from the body. People who are suffering strong withdrawal symptoms will be given a variety of medications to help them cope with the symptoms in their bodies. Seeking therapy always lends itself for a balanced future. People find themselves combating their addictive habits with success and feeling renewed in the process.

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