|Legal Status||Class A|
Penalty for possession: Up to seven years in prison and / or an unlimited fine.
Penalty for dealing: Up to life in prison and / or an unlimited fine.
3,4-Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA) is a ring substituted derivative of methamphetamine. It is one of the most popular recreational psychoactives. It is known for its empathogenic, euphoric, and stimulant effects, and has also been used in psychotherapy. MDMA causes release of serotonin, and to a lesser extent dopamine, in the brain. It is known for its empathogenic, euphoric, and stimulant effects. - If you are going to take ecstasy that you are unfamiliar with, avoid taking a whole pill, and absolutely do not double drop. - Start with half a pill or even quarter of a pill and wait at least 2 hours before re-dosing. - Be aware that pills being sold as ecstasy may contain other drugs such as PMA which can be stronger, longer lasting and more dangerous. PMA can also take longer to have an effect. Unless it is tested you cannot be sure what you are taking. - Take time to relax regularly and cool down to avoid overheating. - Effects can be more intense if snorting so start with a small amount to see how it affects you. - Avoid mixing with depressant drugs, especially alcohol which can dull the effects of ecstasy and increases your chance of dehydration. - If it feels different from what you are expecting, or if you feel nothing after a long wait (which you should not from a MDMA pill), do not take any more in the hope that increasing the dose will increase the positive psychoactive effects. Do not take any more MDMA-related products either. - When taking Ecstasy / MDMA don’t drink too much water. Sip a pint of water per hour max. - Make sure you have more days where you don’t use, than days where you use. - Use in a safe environment with trusted company. - Tell someone you are with what you are taking.
Symptoms of MDMA toxicity can include visual hallucinations, confusion, agitation, coma and hypotension. Seizures, hyperpyrexia, hypoglycaemia, rhabdomyolysis and panic disorder have also been reported after overdosage. Severe toxic features are usually idiosyncratic and unrelated to dose ingested or previous duration of exposure. Features of severe toxicity include cardiac arrhythmias, hyponatraemia., convulsions, delirium, coma, hypotension and cardiovascular collapse.
|Short Term Effects||
Common features include mood elevation, euphoria, tachycardia, mild hypertension, dilated pupils, dry mouth and sweating. In some cases transient nausea, jaw clenching, confusion, dizziness, ataxia, nystagmus, abdominal pain and diarrhoea may occur. Use of MDMA can cause memory impairment, poor concentration, sleep disturbance, flashbacks and hallucinations. Depression, panic attacks, anxiety and psychosis have also been reported.
Identified in Sweden: 7-chloro-5-(2-fluorophenyl)-1,3-dihydro-1,4-benzodiazepin-2-one (norfludiazepam). Norfludiazepam is a benzodiazepine and is structurally related to the internationally controlled substance diazepam.
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