Similar term(s): XTC, MDMA, methylenedioxymethamphetamine.
Man-made stimulant psychoactive drug that combines the effects of amphetamines
and hallucinogens, such as LSD.
Following intake, users commonly feel an initial rush of adrenaline, followed
by a combination of feeling energetic but calm. Colour, sound, and emotions can
seem more intense. Users can also experience nausea, as well as an increased
heart rate. In some cases, the jaw will tightens, and the mouth and throat
become dry as the user starts to sweat more
Ecstasy usually comes in the form of different coloured tablets and capsules,
which are swallowed, but it can also be crushed and snorted, or smoked.
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Effects of prolonged use include damage to some brain systems, physical
changes, changes in behaviour, and long-term psychiatric and physical problems
such as loss of memory, problems with decision-making and self-control,
paranoia, depression and panic attacks.
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