Alcohol & Drugs

MDMA (Ecstasy) Information




Ecstasy, or 3,4 methylene-dioxymethamphetamine (MDMA) is a psychoactive drug.  Its alternative names include: "X", "XTC", "the hug drug" and "adam".  Its original use was to facilitate in psychotherapy but has since been deemed illegal for any purposes.  Ecstasy is taken in a pill or powder form and acts as both a stimulant and psychedelic.  It is referred to as a "club drug".




Users of Ecstasy face several adverse consequences including cognitive, physical and psychological effects.


Physical effects include:

  • impairment of body temperature regulation
  • increased body temperature, which can result in kidney, liver and cardiovascular failure and even death
  • increased heart rate
  • increased blood pressure
  • involuntary teeth clenching
  • nausea
  • chills
  • blurred vision

Psychological effects include:

  • depression
  • sleep disruption
  • anxiety

Other risks include the possible ingestion of other adverse chemicals that may have been added to the MDMA mix.  Other chemicals include other stimulants such as ephedra, caffeine, methamphetamine and ketamine.  Mixing of these chemicals and MDMA is hazardous, however, risks increase more when MDMA is used in conjunction with alcohol and marijuana.


Additional Resources


Information on this website can be referenced from the Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse and Violence Prevention website.?? Please see the below websites for more information: