Also known as MDMA (or for those curious, Methylenedioxymethamphetamine), ecstasy belongs to a class of drugs known as amphetamines (as seen in the extensive scientific name). This drug is known to cause a sense of euphoria and makes the user feel more intimate with others than they may otherwise feel when not under the influence, as well as reduced anxiety. Studies have shown that Ecstasy can be used in psychological therapy, and has been in the past, but the risks now outweigh the dangers of the drug.
The chemical formula for Ecstasy is C11H15NO2, which means a molecule of the of the drug contains 11 carbon atoms, 15 hydrogen atoms, one nitrogen atom, and two oxygen atoms. As you can see, it’s a very large molecule. While this might not mean much to the average person, let us suffice to say that this leaves lots of space for the drug to react with the human body. For example, after a person comes off the high the drug gives, they can experience a number of negative effects such as anxiety, depression, irritability, fatigue, and impaired concentration. One might even suffer from insomnia, dizziness, or jaw soreness after ingesting a small amount of Ecstasy.
Overuse of Ecstasy can cause the body temperature to rise to dangerous levels, inducing a condition known as hypothermia, which is often found in those that spend too much time in the hot sun! Chronic use can result in increased rates and frequency of depression and anxiety, even in those that have since quit the drug. Memory is severely impaired as well in those that continuously use Ecstasy