Ecstasy Essay

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Ecstasy (MDMA), is also known as e, x, xtc, or beans on the street. The pills range in colour, shape, and stamped logo. The pill is usually ingested, although it can be crushed and snorted, which is usually known as ‘railing’. Some drug experimentalists have tried smoking and injecting, but both have found to be unpleasant so aren't common ways of consuming.Ecstasy’s chemical name is 3, 4 – methylenedioxymethamphetaminem. Pure Ecstasy has only MDMA in it. But in some tablets other drugs are added such as Speed (methamphetamine), Ketamine, PMA (paramethoxyamphetamine), Caffeine Bicarbonate of soda, and Glucose. This is why E is considered such a ‘dirty’ drug. One of the issues with ecstasy is that there is no ‘standard’ tablet, so each batch has different amounts of MDMA, also there is no guarantee that there is any MDMA at all. This why it is necessary to know where the drug is from, don’t just think that because the design and colour of the pill is the same its will have the same effect as the other batch. Often batches are made to match previous batches that were considered ‘excellent’ pills. Each batch has different amounts of strength and ingredients. The effects of ecstasy will vary depending on the pill and person. Some people are more sensitive to MDMA than others. This is important that ‘first-time’ users should be extremely cautious.The total duration time of ecstasy is about 3-5 hours. Duration time ranges depending on its dose and different substances. There is onset, coming up, plateau, coming down, and after effect. Onset is when you start to feel the effect, which is about 30 minutes. Coming up is when you start to feel the drug kicking in, this is about 5-20 minutes. Plateau is the drug at its strongest point, and lasts about 2-3hours. When people have this experience they will usually say they are X-ing, rolling, tripping, beaning, or wigging. Coming down is when the drug wears off, and you can no longer feel the effects of it, this time of this is roughly 1-2 hours. But, the coming down can change due to the difference of substances in the tablet. With ‘clean’ MDMA (meaning pure), you will have a mellow and easy come down. But pills that are laced with methamphetamine can lead to a horrible come down, with heavy anxiety, which is known as a...

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