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Is MDMA Bad For You?

Also Known As: ecstasy, molly, x, e, xtc



Short answer

MDMA is bad for you. There are many detrimental side effects of MDMA and even more when cut with other dangerous drugs.



Long answer

Methylenedioxyphenethylamine (MDMA), commonly referred to as Ecstasy because of its euphoric effects, is known for giving the feelings of happiness, excitement, relatedness, oneness and openness of emotions. Although the release of dopamine, serotonin and other mood uplifting hormones can be a good thing, there are many side effects that are not. While everyone has different reactions to MDMA disturbed cognitive and bodily functions are usually always seen. There must be a reason why MDMA is illegal in the majority of countries.

There is a long list of adverse effects of Ecstasy which weighs heavier than its benefits. Many people that have had a bad ecstasy experience report a false sense of affection, confusion, extreme anxiety, paranoia, chills, nausea, and depression.

MDMA highs are mostly a consequence of neurons in your brain releasing a hefty amount of serotonin. The high can be addictive and can easily have one coming back for more. Those who take ecstasy often may experience brain damage (in areas that regulate sleep, emotion, and learning), degenerative nerve endings, hemorrhaging, psychosis, kidney damage, and - due to the severe increase in heart rate - cardiovascular collapse, convulsions, and death. Although rare, 100-200 deaths occur from ecstasy year-round.

As there are more negatives than positives, it is a good idea to stay clear from ecstasy. While many drug dealers might tell you that you are receiving 100% pure MDMA, in most cases it is cut with other dangerous drugs in order to make the most profit. These include, but are not limited to meth, speed, DXM, ketamine, and caffeine. Keep this in mind.

Possible short-term side effects

  • confusion
  • anxiety
  • chills / nausea
  • decreased cognitive function
  • death from overdose
  • cardiovascular collapse

Possible long-term side effects

  • hemorrhaging
  • psychosis
  • brain / kidney damage
  • degenerative nerve endings

Possible withdrawal symptoms

  • loss of appetite
  • concentration problems
  • anxiety
  • depression
  • fatigue

Ingredients to be aware of

  • piperazine
  • binders
  • lidocaine
  • cocaine
  • domperidone
  • metoclopramide
  • mecoprop
  • ephedrine
  • meth
  • speed
  • dxm
  • ketamine


  • release of serotonin
  • release of dopamine
  • uplifts mood / feelings

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Written by Rachel Adams
Published on: 12-28-2015
Last updated: 12-10-2016

Thank you for your feedback!

Written by Rachel Adams
Published on: 12-28-2015
Last updated: 12-10-2016

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