Pure ecstasy is also known as MDMA, short for 3,4 Methylenedioxymethamphetamine. MDMA white powder remains less common than ecstasy tablets or capsules, known as “Mollie” or “Molly.” People may find ecstasy as crystals too.
The appearance of ecstasy varies considerably. A wide range of colored pills and capsules is often marked with odd logos and creative designs. Therefore, some ecstasy pills get nicknames such as Superman pills or teddy bears.
People swallow Ecstasy pills, although people crush them up into a powder and snort it. Others wrap it in cigarette paper and take it orally.
Ecstasy might be getting stronger
There have been many reports in the media that ecstasy is getting stronger.
Some studies state that in the 1990s and 2000s, the average MDMA content of tablets was roughly between 45–85 mg. Nowadays, the averages are closer to 130 mg MDMA per tablet, while there are also ‘super pills’ found on the market in some parts of Europe with a reported range of 270–330 mg.
Ecstasy is a stimulant drug that also provokes mild hallucinogenic effects. It has been described as being like a mix of a weak form of LSD and amphetamines. The impact of taking a moderate dose start after 30-60 minutes but can last for up to many hours.
“Perks” of “Mollie”
Physical effects include increased body temperature, blood pressure and heart rate, pupil dilatation, and jaw tightening. As with amphetamine, there is often nausea and a loss of appetite.
Many users experience an initial rushing feeling followed by a combination of energetic albeit calm sensations. It fosters empathy, loss of anger, and an enhanced sense of communication. Some users also report a heightened awareness of their surroundings, greater appreciation of art music, and increased sensual and sexual experiences.
“Downside of Mollie”
Bad experiences exist, though, including feeling panicky and anxious, confused, and unpleasant distortion of the senses, which often lasts even weeks.
The disorientating effects of ecstasy may make accidents more likely. Several ecstasy-related deaths are linked with non-stop dancing in unventilated and overcrowded nights clubs leading to dehydration and overheating.
Regular ecstasy use may lead to sleep problems, lack of energy, dietary issues, and feeling depressed/anxious. Increased susceptibility to flu, colds and sore throat may follow. While physical dependence is not so prevalent, psychological support on the feelings of euphoria and calmness and the whole scene around ecstasy use can develop.
After using ecstasy, users may feel very tired and low and need long naps to recover from the comedown.