Club drugs, such as Ecstasy, ketamine and LSD, are taken by many young people in the United States. Ecstasy is considered to be one of the “club drugs” as it has popularly abused by teens and young adults who attend large music festivals, dance parties and raves. Young people may take the drug to stay awake for long periods of time, to enhance positive feelings and help them feel more in sync with other people around them.
Ecstasy Versus Molly
Ecstasy is a powerful synthetic drug that contains varying levels of MDMA, or 3,4-methylenedioxy-methamphetamine. Ecstasy can be bought as a pressed pill or tablet. Ecstasy tablets generally have a brand or logo imprinted on them to identify its manufacturer or distinguish different types of pills from one another. Ecstasy pills and tablets can also be laced with other drugs, although people who take Ecstasy tablets often lack knowledge of the drugs that are actually contained in them.
The so-called “pure” form of MDMA, known as Molly, is commonly is sold as white crystalline powder or capsule. Despite the common belief that Molly is safer and more pure than its Ecstasy counterpart, the powder or capsules sold as MDMA can contain other harmful drugs such as “bath salts.”
How Does It Work?
It takes fifteen minutes to an hour for Ecstasy to start causing effects, which can last anywhere from three to six hours. Also known as E, Molly, candy, rolls and X, Ecstasy is taken by people to increase positive feelings, including warmth, empathy and personal well-being.
The hallucinogenic properties of Ecstasy can alter a person’s sensory perceptions and sense of time. These effects are caused by the ability of the main psychoactive ingredient, MDMA, to increase the activity of brain chemicals (or neurotransmitters), including serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine.