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Ecstasy: As A Date Rape Drug

What is ecstasy?

  • Ecstasy is the chemical methyldioxymethamphetamine, or MDMA.
  • MDMA is a synthetic substance that has both stimulant and hallucinogenic effects.

Street Names

  • "X," "E," XTC, MDMA, "love drug," "hug drug," or Adam

How is it taken?

  • Ecstasy comes in pill form or liquid form "Liq.X".
  • It is taken orally.

What are the effects?

Physical effects include:

  • Ecstasy is a stimulant.
  • It lasts for four to six hours.
  • It increases heart rate and blood pressure.
  • It causes muscle tension, involuntary teeth clenching, nausea, blurred vision, feeling faint, tremors, rapid eye movement, and sweating or chills.

Mental effects include:

  • It creates feelings of euphoria, empathy and altered social perceptions.
  • It causes a heightened sense of awareness.
  • It causes feelings of increased empathy or emotional closeness to others.
  • It induces a state characterized as "excessive talking" (loquacity).

What are the dangers?

  • Anxiety.
  • Hyperthermia.
  • Memory loss.
  • Cognitive impairment.
  • Respiratory distress.
  • Psychological dependency.
  • Physical exertion (such as rave partying) that can lead to heat exhaustion.
  • Long-term neurochemical and brain cell damage.
  • Illegal to possess in the United States.

Is it addictive?

Repeated use of ecstasy can produce dependence and withdrawal symptoms. Several studies have shown that users of ecstasy may develop an addiction.

APA Reference
Writer, H. (2008, December 29). Ecstasy: As A Date Rape Drug, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2019, September 23 from https://www.healthyplace.com/sex/date-rape/ecstasy-as-a-date-rape-drug

Last Updated: June 27, 2019

Medically reviewed by Harry Croft, MD

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