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Ecstasy, or methylene-dioxymethyl amphetamine (MDMA), is a synthetic hallucinogenic stimulant, which usually comes in pill form. The drug is a stimulant that produces psychedelic effects, and it's manufactured in home laboratories.
The active oral dose of MDMA is 75 mg. On average, most pills contain under 100 mg of MDMA - the rest is inactive pill filler which can include food dye, starch, or talcum powder.
The street price of E has fallen over the last ten years, from $36 per pill in 1988 to around $10 per pill now. The sheer volume of ecstasy, however, means that you can buy in bulk, say 50 pills, for as little as $5 each, although they can be as cheap as $3 per pill. The price depends on a number of factors, including location, quality and the person selling them.
A person who is under the influence of the Love Drug will feel good. They are very affectionate and are highly sexual. Using ecstasy can heighten sensory perceptions, and may enhance sexual activity. The user may also feel energized.
When a person takes XTC, the drug causes the brain to produce higher levels of neurotransmitters, which are chemicals produced by the brain. The neurotransmitters regulate how an individual thinks and feels. The rush of serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine in the brain produce the feelings of euphoria associated with using the drug.
When a person takes Ecstasy, the drug tends to affect serotonin levels most. This neurotransmitter is responsible for regulating:
- Sensitivity to pain
Along with the warm and happy feelings that XTC produces, it also causes the heart rate to increase. As a result, the neurotransmitters in the brain become depleted. The lack of neurotransmitters are responsible for the aftereffects that E users experience.
Once the effects of the drug wear off, it's not uncommon for a user to feel symptoms similar to those of depression. The user can feel down for a few hours up to a few days. With regular use, E can cause problems with memory and problem solving. The drug can even trigger an episode of depression in some people.
Pure MDMA is a white powder but street ecstasy is usually pressed into pills, usually colored and stamped with different 'brand logos' such as Mitsubishi, Rolls Royce, etc.
Brands are meant to help users gauge what they are buying. Quality brands, however, are quickly imitated by inferior pills. Unbranded pills are sometimes better, sometimes worse. The only way to know for sure is to test.
You can get testing kits here.
Most brands come and go within six months to a year. The 'Mitsubishi' logo is an exception, however, as it's been out now for over two years and has been copied all over the world. Be warned: not all Mitsubishis are the same.
The Love Drug is also available in a powder form. It is yellowish in color and has a bitter taste. Most people who use the powder form snort it, but the powder can also be placed into gelatin capsules and swallowed.
Ecstasy pills are sometimes mixed with other active substances, most commonly amphetamines (speed), caffeine, & ephedrine (a natural amphetamine-like substance). They can also contain ketamine.
Rarely, some pills have been found to contain DXM (dextromethorphan), a dissociative psychedelic found in some cough medicine and PMA (paramethoxyamphetamine), a highly toxic hallucinogenic stimulant.
Rumors that pills contain a cocktail of heroin, cocaine or LSD are false. None of these have ever been found in extensive lab tests.
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