Ecstasy: is made up of a mixture of drugs, including a synthetic drug called methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA), and is classed as a hallucinogenic amphetamine. Ecstasy is often seen as the original designer drug because of its high profile links to dance music culture in the late 80s and early 90s. Clubbers took ecstasy to feel energized, happy, to stay awake and to dance for hours. The effects take about half an hour to kick in and tend to last between 3 to 6 hours, followed by a gradual comedown.
Street Names: E, pills, doves, XTC, disco biscuits, Bruce Lee’s, echoes, hug drug, burgers, Smarties, magic beans, Mitsubishis, Rolexes, dolphins, snowballs, callies, eccies, tablets, Gary Abletts, little fellas, dids, yokes, etc.
Dosing: Ecstasy usually comes as tablets of different colors, shapes, and sizes. Occasionally it comes as capsules or as a powder for snorting, inserting into the ass or sometimes mixing with water for consumption. Most tablets have pictures or logos stamped on them. Different ecstasy tablets contain different amounts of MDMA, if any at all. This has a huge influence on the nature and strength of the effects.
Effects: Ecstasy causes the release of feel-good chemicals in the brain (dopamine and serotonin). Users take the drug to enhance feelings of empathy with other people and increase sensitivity to their surroundings. Sound, color and emotions can seem much more intense. Strong feelings of affection and love towards other people and things are common. The energy buzz from ecstasy means users may dance for hours. The effects usually take about half an hour to kick in and last three to six hours, followed by a gradual comedown.
There’s no way of telling what’s in ecstasy until you’ve swallowed it. There may be negative side effects from other drugs and ingredients added to the E. As the drug kicks in, users may experience an initial rush of nervousness, and uncertainty, a tightening of the jaw, increase heart rate, sweating, and nausea. This is known as ‘coming up.’ Some users report bad experiences, including feelings of paranoia and confusion. Ecstasy affects the body’s natural thermostat. Dancing for long periods in a hot space such as a club increases the chances of users overheating and/or dehydrating.
Sex and Ecstasy: Over the years the MDMA content of ecstasy pills has dropped, but traditionally sex on E gives increased arousal and a heightened sense of touch. E can make you feel more attractive (and make men look more attractive to you!,) but it can often stop guys from getting or keeping a hard-on. It can even make it harder to cum. ‘Secstasy’ is the combination of E with Viagra-type drugs designed to get round erection difficulties.
First Hand Accounts:
BRADLEY: I did MDMA for the first time a couple months ago, I was on it fairly heavily for two consecutive nights and I had the time of my life getting close to some amazing people and having incredible nights. However, when I got home from the festival on the Monday, a strange lowness, tearfulness and general depression kicked in. I felt that life wasn’t worth living, I felt horrible every time I even thought about a guy I had met who was in a relationship, and this further brought me down. Everything seemed as if life wasn’t going to get better. I wasn’t myself; I had lost the ability to rationalize.
MICHAEL: I could feel this rush building up and I knew it had begun. At this moment, I admit I panicked ever so slightly, not because it was scary but because I really wanted to be with my friend when it happened, it having a reputation for being a social drug. Going into the next room, this ended when I saw my friend coming back to find me (his taking effect too) and we had a little “bromance” moment and started dancing again. In a few minutes the rush was amazing. I felt literally incredible, like everyone around me were the best people in the world. Dancing took on a whole new meaning and was truly a brilliant experience. The thing that surprised me most about it was that while it felt amazing, it wasn’t at all trippy or scary, all the feelings seemed like things I feel all the time, just a great deal more intense.
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