What is MDMA

  • MDMA is 3,4-Methylenedioxymethamphetamine. It belongs to a family of drugs called “entactogens,” which literally means “touching within.” Other drugs in this category include MDA, MDE and MBDB.
  • Before it was made illegal in 1985, MDMA was used by psychiatrists as a therapeutic tool. Studies are currently underway in several countries including the United States and Israel to assess MDMA’s effectiveness in the treatment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

What are the Effects?

  • MDMA is a “mood elevator” that produces a relaxed, euphoric state. It does not produce hallucinations.
  • MDMA takes effect 20 to 40 minutes after taking a tablet, with little rushes of exhilaration which can be accompanied by nausea. 60 to 90 minutes after taking the drug, the user feels the peak effects.
  • Sensations are enhanced and the user experiences hightened feelings of empathy, emotional warmth, and self-acceptance.
  • The effects of MDMA subside after about 3-5 hours.
  • Users report that the experience is very pleasant and highly controllable. Even at the peak of the effect, people can usually deal with important matters.
  • The effect that makes MDMA different from other drugs is that it increases a sense of empathy, or the sensation of understanding and accepting others.

What is the Dosage?

  • MDMA is almost always swallowed as a tablet or capsule. A normal dose is around 100-125 mg.
  • Black market “ecstasy” tablets vary widely in strength and often contain other drugs.

Is MDMA Addictive

  • MDMA is not physically addictive. However, the drug can often take on great importance in people’s lives, and some people become rather compulsive in their use. Taken too frequently, however, MDMA loses its unique effect.
  • MDMA releases the brain chemical serotonin, elevating mood and acting as a short-term antidepressant. Compulsive users may be unconsciously trying to self-medicate for depression. Effective treatments for depression are available with the proper diagnosis by a qualified physician.

Be Careful

  • MDMA is illegal and a conviction for possession can carry long prison sentences.
  • Frequent or high doses have been linked to neurotoxic damage in laboratory animals. It is still unknown whether such damage occurs in humans or, if it does, whether this has any long-term, negative consequences. Our article on MDMA and neurotixicity goes into more detail about this.
  • Some people experience depression after taking MDMA. This is caused by MDMA’s action on certain brain chemicals. You can learn more about this by reading our article on MDMA use and depression.
  • Some deaths have been linked to MDMA. These have usually been the result of heatstroke from dancing for long periods of time in hot clubs without replenishing lost body fluids.
  • Much of what is sold as “ecstasy” on the black market actually contains other drugs, some of which can be more dangerous than MDMA, like PMA, speed, DXM and BZP.
  • Mixing MDMA with alcohol or other drugs increases the risk of adverse reactions. You can learn more about some of these risks by reading our article on MDMA Contraindications.
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  1. daisy

    Hi there. Having been taking mdma for many years for its very therapeutic effects for mind heart & soul my husband & i are very aware the last few batches were different, close but not feeling as natural, unable to sleep soundly after consumption , & also sudden constipation which i never get . Is this due to banned oil? And is this impostor dangerous? . Any thoughts would be most appreciated. Is it still possible to get the real thing, which can uplift & expand your life in very positive ways as i am sure you know if used in the right way.Many thanks Daisy x

  2. Post author

    It could be that you are building up a tolerance, which is a near universal phenomenon with MDMA. The more you use it, the less you feel the therapeutic effects. It also could be an imposter. Methylone is very common these days, and many people report it feel “close” to MDMA, but not quite as much of an empathogen.

  3. Michael

    I have been taking (100mg) of mdma occasionally (once in every 2/3 months) for past 6 months.

    About a month ago, I went to a two day festival with a group of friends, where I decided to use the drug on both days (100mg on each day). The roll itself went as expected on both days. However, 5-6 hours after taking the drug on the second day, (once I completely came down) while watching TV with friends, I felt sudden raise in body temperature, dizziness, and raise in heart-rate. Although, I had no visible symptoms of fever I felt as if my body temperature would have felt around 39/40 degrees marker. That night, I had to sleep through hugging cold water bottle and stay with direct contact of conditioner because I couldn’t cool down. These extreme symptoms lasted next 2 days and slowly ceased over the week. The symptoms completely ceased after drinking anti-flu medications and tea on the 7/8th day after the roll.

    1) When I self-diagnosed myself on the internet that night my symptoms were quiet close to the symptoms of 1) hypothermia/heat stroke 2) anxiety/panic attack. Ignoring the panic attack, Is it possible to have heat stroke while staying hydrated in a well conditioned room 5-6 hours after taking a pill?

    2) I have caught small flu after almost every instance of taking the drug . My question is, if I were to caught fever while on drug (which is possible) is it possible for the drug’s effects to cover up the fever? I ask this because, if I did have a small fever (which is possible because I got soaking wet from the rain that day) why did it became apparent only after i came down ?

    3) Are the symptoms serious enough to visit a doctor mention about this?

    Thank you so much DanceSafe for existing; I always abide your advice while I roll and so do my friends.


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