E, Dove, Disco, ETC Biscuit, Aladdin's, Yokes, etc.
- What is it?
ECSTACY is a drug called MDMA, a natural version of which
is found in nutmeg and oil of sassafras. It was first discovered
in 1912 and patented as an appetite suppressant in 1914
by a German company. It's never been produced on a commercial
basis by a drug company, but was used in the 1970's by American
psychotherapists, as an aid to therapy before being outlawed
in the mid 80's. Ecstacy is a stimulant drug with some of
the properties of LSD, but it doesn't cause hallucinations.
Because it has only been used widely as a recreational drug
since the mid 1980's, little is known about possible long-term
effects. Medical research is only now exploring these potential
What are its effects?
The effects of ecstacy depend on the amount taken
and the surroundings in which the drug is taken. To start
with there may be effects such as sweating, dry mouth,
an increase in heart rate and loss of appetite. This may
be followed by feelings of serenity and calm, emotional
closeness and understanding with people around. There's
often an increase in the sensitivity of both touch and
hearing. Ecstacy isn't a hallucinogenic drug but some
images are sometimes seen when high doses are used. The
effects usually peak for about 2 hours, although they
persist for several hours in total.
Remember you may not be taking MDMA at all
Is it addictive?
Ecstacy isn't physically addictive, but a psychological
dependence (when you feel that you cannot do without something)
can occur. On stopping it, some people feel depressed
and tired, but this eases with time.
What are the side effects?
Most people who take ecstacy on an occasional basis
have few problems. With use that is more frequent and
an increase in the amount taken, tolerance can develop
to the desirable effects, leaving you more vulnerable
to the toxic side-effects. These include nausea, dizziness
and jaw tension. Symptoms such as anxiety and panic attacks,
insomnia, confusion and depression have been reported
when it's been used over long periods. Because ecstacy
increases heart and blood pressure, ecstacy has been linked
with deaths either through over-heating or just plain
allergic reaction to MDMA.
Although some people regard ecstacy to be a relatively
safe drug, between 50 and 60 deaths have been attributed
to it so far (November 1995). Most of these deaths have
been at clubs or raves where dehydration and over-heating
has been a major factor. If a user shows signs of: - failure
to sweat; heat cramps on the legs, arms and back; giddiness;
headache; fatigue; vomiting; fainting; suddenly feeling
exceptionally tired and irritable; being unable to urinate
very much although the desire is there, and what comes
is highly coloured; then help should be sought immediately.
Drink about a pint of water an hour (and sip it) take
regular breaks, be with people that will take care of
you if something goes wrong.
- Legal Status:
Illegal and if you are buying for a friend, you could be
done on intent to supply.