Do you know about the effects of Ecstasy? Ecstasy is a synthetic drug, and it has properties of both stimulants and hallucinogens. The effects of ecstasy are generally felt within the hour (when taken orally in capsules or pills), and can include euphoria, a decrease in anxiety, feelings of empathy, and, excitation.
Someone who has taken an ecstasy pill may have mild hallucinations, distortion of colors and objects, and very heightened sensory perception. Some of the negative side effects of ecstasy include severe anxiety, drowsiness and/or dizziness, nausea/ throwing up, dehydration, depression, impaired memory, and a decrease in appetite. Keep in mind, though, that everyone has a different reaction to all substances.
Most people who take ecstasy report feeling incredibly social and a desire to touch or be touched, due to the increased intensity of their perceptions. The effects of ecstasy generally last somewhere between 4 and 7 hours, though most users report feeling 'off' even once the ecstasy leaves their system and they don’t feel the effects anymore. It is common for people to have stiff muscles afterward, and to have difficulty sleeping. Some of these side effects can linger for days after taking ecstasy.
One of the most talked about side effects of ecstasy is dehydration. Ecstasy’s stimulant properties cause the nervous system to speed up, raising someone’s blood pressure, heart rate, and body temperature. These are also the signs of overdosing on this drug. The increase in your body temperature and dehydration is very dangerous. Many people drink alcohol while they are using ecstasy, and this only causes dehydration to be more severe and puts more pressure on your nervous system. Drinking alcohol while you use ecstasy is particularly dangerous because you may not be as aware of some of the dangerous signs as you would be otherwise. Alcohol also dehydrates the body severely.
Profuse sweating, vomiting, lack of coordination, trouble speaking, and fainting are all signs that a person needs to seek medical help. If someone stops moving around and their heart rate is not decreasing, they should get help. All of these are signs of an ecstasy overdose.
Many people are under the impression that ecstasy is a safe drug, and one that you cannot become addicted to. Some recent news articles have even talked about ecstasy being safe for adults, as long as it is used properly. One of the biggest problems, though, is that the ecstasy bought and sold on the streets is cut with so many different things. There is just no way to know exactly what you are buying, and how it might affect your body. There are people who say they are addicted to ecstasy, and there have been deaths caused by ecstasy. The notion that it is a completely safe drug is not a true one. People who advocate responsible ecstasy use are referring to pure ecstasy, which is not even close to what you will get if you buy it on the streets (which is the only place you will buy it since it is illegal).
Ecstasy can have long-term side effects. Ecstasy use can cause severe problems for people who have pre-existing cardiovascular problems because of the quick and intense increase in heart rate and blood pressure. Ecstasy can also cause problems with your liver and kidneys due to the severe dehydration that you may experience while using it. Depression and anxiety are common long term effects of ecstasy. These symptoms may go away on their own after a while, but they may not. Ecstasy causes permanent changes to the brain and alters the activity of serotonin in your brain. Ecstasy can also cause severe memory loss and brain damage.
It’s important to really know all of the potential side effects of ecstasy. Some people may think it is safe and there is no risk in taking it, but like anything else, there is always a risk. We never know what is in the ecstasy we are buying and we never know how we will react to it.