How Do Know If Someone Is On Ecstasy/MDMA?

Ecstasy is a drug that is also called MDMA, which stands for its chemical name. Frequently also referred to on the streets as “Molly,” this drug is illegal, and it acts as a psychedelic substance, as well as a stimulant. People take this drug orally, and it’s most commonly found in tablet or capsule form.

The drug is known to create not only an extreme sense of energy and even excitement, but also distortions in perceptions, and time. When someone takes ecstasy or Molly, they tend to perceive they’re enjoying things and experiences around them significantly more than they would without the drug.

When someone is on MDMA, the brain is impacted through its interaction with neurotransmitters. This changes how brain cells interact and communicate with one another. MDMA also influences dopamine, which is how it creates a feeling of euphoria and serotonin, so it triggers the hormones that affect emotions including sexual arousal as well as trust. Users of ecstasy or MDMA tend to feel like they are sharing a sense of closeness with the people around them as a result.

Some of the other feelings someone on MDMA might experience include not only feelings of energy and pleasure, but also a sense of emotional warmth.

What’s unfortunate is that this is a drug that has been glamorized in pop culture, with singers including Madonna and Miley Cyrus including references to it in their lyrics. In recent years there have been deaths of people using Molly at music festivals, which has further brought the drug to mainstream attention, although it’s long been used, particularly as a party and concert drug.

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As mentioned, when someone uses ecstasy or MDMA, they most commonly do so by taking capsules or tablets.

When someone uses ecstasy or MDMA, they will usually take a dose of anywhere from 60 to 120 milligrams, and often people will take an initial dose, and as the effects start to wane, they will take another in a short period of time.

It may also be used as a liquid, or the powder from tablets may be snorted, and it’s frequently used in social situations, music festivals and parties, because of the euphoric effects it creates. People who use MDMA may feel like it helps them enjoy the experience of music more, which is why it’s prevalent at concerts and similar events.

The effects of MDMA will last anywhere from three to six hours typically, and longer if someone takes a second dose.

You may wonder how to tell if someone is on ecstasy or what the common signs of using MDMA are. Sometimes it can be challenging to tell if someone is on ecstasy because it can affect everyone differently, and there are often many variations in the makeup of this drug when it’s purchased on the street.

In general, some of the common signs of being on ecstasy/MDMA include:

  • Feelings of stimulation, energy and emotional warmth or the desire to be close to the people near the user
  • Being very awake or energized at strange times
  • Overly friendly
  • Extreme sense of empathy
  • Jaw clenching or grinding of the teeth
  • Increased tactile sensations and many times other perceptions are enhanced as well
  • Distorted sense of time
  • Euphoria
  • Increased self-esteem

Other effects of using ecstasy/MDMA include:

  • Nausea
  • Blurred vision
  • Chills
  • Sweating
  • Cramping of the muscles
  • Irritability
  • Impulsive behaviors
  • Anxiety
  • Problems with sleep
  • Decreased appetite
  • Depression
  • Aggression

If someone takes a high dose of MDMA, it can lead them to be in a psychotic state. This can lead to very strange behavior and delusions, which can be some of the most visible signs someone is on MDMA. Signs someone is in a psychotic state because of being on MDMA can include hallucinations, mania, and aggression.

When someone crashes after taking MDMA, they will often experience a period of up to a few days that can include anxiety, problems sleeping, depression and lack of an appetite.

One of the most dangerous effects of MDMA is the fact that it raises the body temperature of the person using it. When the body isn’t able to properly regulate its temperature, it can lead to temperature spikes that can then result in organ failure or death.

Also important to know about being on MDMA is the fact that when people buy what they think is Ecstasy or pure Molly, it often contains other substances such as over-the-counter cough medicine, bath salts, or methamphetamine. If someone doesn’t know they’re taking the substances, they’re even more dangerous than they would be otherwise. Then, if people combine these substances with other drugs such as alcohol or marijuana, the health risks are amplified even more.

Above are many of the short-term signs someone is on MDMA/ecstasy, but what about the long-term signs someone is using this drug?

Some of the signs someone is chronically using ecstasy/MDMA can include problems sleeping and insomnia, memory loss, anxiety, paranoia, lethargy or fatigue, and depression.

In general, if someone is habitually using MDMA, they may also exhibit some of the general signs of drug abuse, which can include a decline in their physical health and their outward appearance, nausea, sweating, coordination problems, changes in sleep and eating habits, laziness or lethargy, mood swings and secrecy.

People who are using ecstasy regularly may also experience a general attitude of apathy, their interests and priorities may shift, they may seem paranoid or dishonest, and they may frequently borrow money or even resort to things like stealing.

People who take MDMA may also participate in what seem like generally riskier behaviors than what they would have previously, in particular, dangerous sexual activities.

Many risks come with being on MDMA, including the risk of unknowingly taking a substance other than ecstasy, as well as short-term and long-term health effects that deal with serious issues like the body’s temperature regulation system and the cardiovascular system.

If you see any of the signs of MDMA/ecstasy use, or you have a suspicion someone is on this drug, it’s important to speak with an addiction specialist. Using Molly, MDMA, and ecstasy can lead to serious health effects, including death and it has to be appropriately dealt with.