On the streets, it’s called “Ecstasy” or “Molly,” but the drug’s technical name is 3,4-methylenedioxy-methamphetamine (MDMA). What is Ecstasy or MDMA exactly and how does it affect the human body? According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), MDMA “is a synthetic drug that alters mood and perception (awareness of surrounding objects and conditions.”
Chemically-speaking, Ecstasy is similar to hallucinogens and stimulants. Because of MDMA’s chemical structure, it produces the following feelings, which has a tendency to hook users:
- Emotional warmth
- Increased energy
- Distorted sensory perception
- Distorted time perception
Initially, Ecstasy was very popular at raves and nightclubs. People would especially use the drug when they were intimate with others or when they wanted to enhance feelings of pleasure when in the presence of prospective romantic partners.
However, a broader range of people now use the drug and they are using it in more diverse settings. For example, people may take MDMA at home and then take a walk in the woods, or head to a public gathering, such as a carnival or the movies – as is common with hallucinogens.
How Do People Take Ecstasy?
Ecstasy is typically taken in capsule or tablet form, though some people have snorted it or swallowed it as a liquid. Molly is slang for “molecular,” which refers to MDMA when it’s in a pure crystalline powder form and sold as a capsule.
According to the NIDA, the effects of Molly last between 3 and 6 hours. If someone uses the drug moderately, they may experience the following effects over the course of the week after the drug is taken:
- Memory problems
- Attention problems
- Decreased appetite
- Decreased interest in sex
If someone takes a high dose of MDMA, it can hamper their body’s ability to control temperature. In some cases, this can cause the body’s temperature to spike, leading to liver, kidney, or heart failure, and even death.
Charged with Ecstasy Possession in Plano?
Ecstasy possession is prosecuted as a felony of the first, second, or third degree, or as a state jail felony depending on the amount of the drug and what you intended to do with it. Even as the most minor offense (state jail felony), you face up to 2 years in jail and a fine up to $10,000.
As a third-degree felony (1 to 4 grams), you face 2 to 10 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine. And these are only the beginning – the penalties increase when the amount of MDMA increases.
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