Ecstasy’s Effects on the Brain

MDMA can have various different effects on the most vulnerable human organ, the brain. MDMA is also known as molly or ecstasy. Effects of MDMA include emotional warmth, mental stimulation, increased empathy, and decreased anxiety.

Ecstasy affects the area of the brain that are related to serotonin production. According to a study twelve percent of people eighteen to twenty five tried ecstasy. Labs like OntarioDrugRehabs work to help people recover. Other places to get help include samhsa.gov. One major effect of MDMA is decreased cognitive processing. But other factors are potentially life threatening, most of the street sold molly isn’t actually molly, but rather other toxins and poisons. One could find themselves buying rat poison instead of molly, and end up being dead.

One of the main reasons for people doing MDMA, is that they think it is safer than many other drugs, when in reality it is just as bad. Long term use of MDMA can result in damaged serotonin neurons. Many theories can explain this but one of the most popular ones is that the serotonin itself is damaged. Serotonin terminals degenerate, and the amount of serotonin transporters is reduced. Scientists do not know for certain how the terminals degenerate, only that they do degenerate. It was banned by the DEA in 1985, for potentially causing brain damage. After taking it people will feel: increased sexual arousal, elevated alertness, increased energy, high pleasure from physical touch. These feelings make it widely used at sex parties.

On the long list of side effects certain ones stand out. Hallucination, tension, blurred vision, shaking, sweating, fevers, and muscle cramping are all possible side effects of MDMA. An overdose of MDMA is potentially deadly. Death is caused by either heat stroke or heart failure. MDMA masks the need for basic survival needs, which can cause the heat stroke. MDMA can easily cause organ damage and/or seizures with the loss of consciousness in an overdose. Long term effects such as depression, anxiety, memory loss, and insomnia are very likely when taking a drug like MDMA.