MDMA directly affects the brain chemical serotonin, and how the brain cells communicate with each other. Clinical studies show that MDMA can be harmful to the brain and can increase the risk of long-term problems with memory and attention, depression and confusion. Also, taking too much MDMA can interfere with the body’s ability to regulate its temperature. This can cause hyperthermia, which can lead to liver, kidney and cardiovascular failure.
MDMA (3, 4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine) is a synthetic, mind-altering drug that acts both as a stimulant and a hallucinogenic causing psychedelic effects generally lasting from 3 to 6 hours. Other chemicals such as cocaine, ketamine, methamphetamine, over-the-counter cough medicine, or synthetic cathinones have been found added to, or substituted for MDMA, so purity is always a question, complicating its risks.
AKA: MOLLY, ECSTASY, XTC, LOVE DRUG
Like any other stimulant, MDMA increases heart rate, blood pressure and body temperature. Other physical effects include muscle tension, nausea, faintness, chills or sweating, and blurred vision. Shortly after taking MDMA, it’s possible to feel confusion, anxiousness, agitation, or severe anxiety—but these psychological effects have also been reported to occur days or weeks after taking the drug because the surge of serotonin caused by MDMA reduces the brain's supply of this important chemical.
National Institute on Drug Abuse. Drug Facts: MDMA.
National Institute on Drug Abuse for Teens: MDMA (Ecstasy or Molly).