What Is Ecstasy and Its Effects on the Body?

Ecstasy is one of the names for a substance called MDMA. You
may also have heard the more recent slang term, “Molly.” MDMA is
short for methylenedioxymethamphetamine, and the name itself is indicative of
the late-night parties that Ecstasy has long been a part of. Ecstasy is
considered a stimulant and has similar effects to other drugs in the stimulant
class. Ecstasy is an unusual and very powerful psychoactive drug with many
reported effects. There are many negative effects of Ecstasy,
such as the following:

  • Strong feelings of intimacy
  • Reduced feelings of fear or depression
  • Increased feelings of mental and physical
    euphoria that it elicits from its users
  • Mild psychedelic state
  • Heightened sense of tactile sensation
  • Pronounced period of introspection

However, the “comedown” from Ecstasy is
significant, often leading to periods of depression. Ecstasy also has many
effects on the human body, such as the following:

  • It can cause increased heart rate and blood pressure, which is particularly dangerous for those who are already at risk in those areas
  • Ecstasy can be dehydrating, which combined with the similarly dehydrating effects of alcohol and the fact that both are often consumed at dance clubs, means that dehydration can be a real and serious issue
  • The user is in an altered state and might not even be aware of this risk
  • Toxicity from ‘cut’ MDMA with amphetamines, ibuprofen, talcum powder, or other additives

Some of the biggest dangers of Ecstasy and Molly are social and emotional. Ecstasy and Molly users are known for their risk-taking behavior, their ability to use and overdose on other drugs while using MDMA, and developing an Ecstasy addiction. The psychedelic state and false euphoria can lead to dangerous situations. This can be anything from engaging in unprotected sex to climbing up on rooftops.


Recently, a Canadian man was sentenced to seven years in a
United States prison for smuggling a large quantity of Ecstasy, also known as
MDMA, in a hidden compartment in his pick-up truck. The man pleaded guilty to
conspiracy to distribute the drug. The man was carrying 200,000 ecstasy pills,
weighing 51.5 kilograms when he was captured last by undercover agents working
in association with the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement

In short, the issue of Ecstasy is serious. It is also highly illegal in the current legal and political climate. Under the 2003 RAVE Act (Reducing Americans’ Vulnerability to Ecstasy) sponsored by Senator Joseph Biden, now the President of the United States, it is illegal to distribute, promote, or profit from Ecstasy in any way, shape, or form. Even though Ecstasy is believed to have some usefulness in psychotherapy, it has been otherwise illegal since 1985. At present, Federal charges for ecstasy possession are equivalent to the charges for heroin or marijuana. Possession of one gram of Ecstasy carries the same sentence of possession of one gram of heroin, or 2.2. pounds of marijuana. Ecstasy and Molly are no longer considered party drugs. Now, they have extensive legal consequences of going along with the physical, social, and emotional ones.

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