MDMA (3,4-methylenedioxy-methamphetamine), also known as Molly or Ecstasy, among dozens of street names, is a powerful stimulant and hallucinogenic drug that became extremely popular in clubs beginning in the late 80s and peaking in the late 2000s. While it is no longer as widespread as it was in previous decades, its use remains high in many subcultures, particularly those associated with dance clubs.1,2,3
Because of its use in clubs, the drug is referenced in many popular songs, particularly those intended to be played in those venues. Over the decades, thousands of deaths have been attributed to MDMA toxicity, polydrug use involving MDMA, or dehydration following MDMA use.3
Here we’ll briefly look into a dangerous substance that has, even with its niche use, has managed to loom large in youth culture. If you suspect that you or someone in your home has problems with MDMA, you can get in touch with our team at Dallas Drug Treatment Centers to learn more.
MDMA is most often ingested in tablet or capsule form. It can also be found in powder or suspended in a liquid solution, which could be snorted, vaped, or injected. It has strong stimulant and hallucinogenic properties that many users find pleasurable in the context of a dance club or house party with loud music.3
MDMA has a very pronounced effect on the dopamine, serotonin, and norepinephrine levels in the brain. The drug causes levels of these three chemicals to rise, leading to the characteristic effects associated with MDMA.1
More specifically, these chemicals do the following:1
Compared to many other street drugs, MDMA is associated with a comparatively high rate of hospitalization and death. The main reasons for this include:3
MDMA might promise you a fun time, but many serious risks come with its use. It has many adverse effects that can put you at serious risk of hospitalization. Additionally, MDMA is extremely habit-forming and can cause long-term problems with regulating your emotions.
If you need help with MDMA or other substances, please get in touch with a qualified mental health professional for full diagnostics. You can also call Dallas Drug Treatment Centers at +1(214) 935-2287 to discuss your options.