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Definition - What does MDMA mean?

MDMA is an acronym that stands for 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine. It is a synthetic compound from the class of drugs known as amphetamines. Also known as ecstasy, it triggers a rush of endorphins in the brain called dopamine and serotonin. MDMA comes in both capsules and tablets from which the user ingests with health implications based on the circumstances and frequency of its use (i.e., parties/raves).

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Since MDMA falls under the Schedule I category of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, it is often made and sold on the illegal market. There is a delay (i.e., one hour) between the point of first swallowing an MDMA capsule/tablet and its biochemical effects on the brain that can last for 3-6 hours. People may notice euphoria, increased energy levels, and empathy/social cues improve. Though MDMA pills can have a legitimate form (i.e., logo), their base compounds come laced (i.e., mixed) with other substances. Some examples are stimulants, such as amphetamines, cocaine, and methamphetamines. Combining MDMA with other illegal or prescription drugs can disrupt the feedback loop cycle of otherwise regulated chemicals by the brain. Serotonin syndrome is a common issue where a sustained drug habit builds a person's tolerance to achieve the same high sensation each time. Chronic use of MDMA can lead to cognitive deficits, such as confusion, depression, lack of focus, and paranoia. The physical effects can include loss of appetite, nausea, seizures, and sweating.

Chronic MDMA use can cause excessive fluid intake, which, inversely, can lead to an electrolyte imbalance. A compromised acid-base ratio can deplete the body of vital nutrients to help maintain life. Drug testing panels have added MDMA to the mix to round off the challenge of synthetic drugs hitting the market in recent years.

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