What Does MDMA Feel Like?

MDMA is a synthetic drug that acts as a stimulant and a hallucinogen. People who use MDMA commonly experience heightened sociability, artificial feelings of closeness, and euphoria.

Taking MDMA, also known as molly, ecstasy, or 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine, can make you feel sociable, hyperactive, warm, open, and sweaty. Serious side effects of the drug can make you feel weak, overheated, fatigued, and delirious.

MDMA is a popular party drug taken by young people at nightclubs, music festivals, and long-lasting dances known as raves. As a Schedule I controlled substance, MDMA can be both a potent and illegal drug. Other street names for MDMA include clarity and XTC.

The negative long-term effects of ecstasy may be harmful to a person’s well-being, outweighing the drug’s short-term pleasurable effects.

Side Effects Of MDMA

MDMA is popular as a party drug due to its ability to encourage euphoria, openness, sociability, feelings of closeness, and activity in a person.

MDMA can also cause side effects such as:

  • involuntary jaw clenching
  • high body temperature
  • high blood pressure
  • high heart rate
  • blurry vision
  • muscle cramps
  • increased sexual activity

For about one week after the effects of MDMA wear off, a person may experience a comedown, with depressed mood, irritability, sleeping problems, and difficulty concentrating. People who experience the highs and lows of MDMA use for the first time may take the drug again at the next opportunity.

How MDMA Works

MDMA has properties of both amphetamines and hallucinogens. People who take MDMA experience both increased energy and an altered perception of reality, due to the drug’s effects on your dopamine, serotonin, and norepinephrine levels.

These neurotransmitters affect your reward systems, mood, and cardiovascular systems respectively. The effects on serotonin in particular may cause the improved mood and feelings of closeness during ecstasy use.

Clinical studies have used MDMA as a treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD. When combined with psychotherapy, MDMA has shown promise in treating PTSD with a low risk of serious side effects. More studies may be needed to legitimize MDMA for medical drug use.

Serious Side Effects Of Ecstasy

Ecstasy can improve sociability and feelings of closeness in the short-term. However, ecstasy use can cause serious side effects in the short-term and long-term.

MDMA Overdose

An MDMA overdose can cause serious side effects such as overheating, high body temperature, blood pressure, and heart rate, rhabdomyolysis, electrolyte imbalances, seizures, and liver or kidney failure. These effects can be fatal without immediate, proper treatment.

MDMA overdoses can occur after repeated uses of the drug in a short amount of time. It is common to take multiple doses to feel the drug’s effects for an entire night, increasing the chances of an overdose.

MDMA Addiction

There is debate in medical spheres about the addictive qualities of MDMA. Withdrawal symptoms of MDMA, similar to a comedown, may occur in some patients. These symptoms may include fatigue, loss of appetite, and depression.

Find Treatment Today

If you or a loved one are at risk of MDMA’s serious side effects, contact Northeast Addictions Treatment Center. Our mental health services, counseling, and aftercare planning can reduce dangerous patterns of drug use.

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