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Basic knowledge on MDMA
Because no one wants to learn
about prescription drugs
Learning objectives
• What is MDMA? How do you take it?
• What positive effects does MDMA have on the
user?
• What are MDM...
What is MDMA?
• Ecstasy; E; X; XTC; Adam; Molly
• One of the most popular recreational drugs used
in today’s society
• Kno...
How to take MDMA?
• Can be administrated through oral route, nasal
route or needle injections
• Onset of action: 30 minute...
Positive Effects of MDMA
• Anyone here taken this drug before?
• How did you feel during the “high”?
Positive Effects of MDMA
• Increased energy
• General sense of happiness
• Promotes emotional attachment for users to the
...
Negative effects of MDMA
• Acute side effects
▪ Minor acute effects
▪ Major acute effects
• Hangover effect
• Complication...
Acute minor negative effects of MDMA
• Tachycardia (Fast heart rate)
• Pupil dilation
• Trismus (lockjaw)
• Hypertension (...
Major negative effects of MDMA
• Hyperpyrexia
▫ Severely high body temperature which can lead to
multi-organ failure and d...
Major negative effects of MDMA
• Arrhythmia
▫ Irregular heart contraction, with potential lead to
stroke
• Cardiac arrest
...
Hangover Effect
• Much like alcohol or any other substances that
act on the nervous system, MDMA has a
hangover effect as ...
Effects from prolonged use of MDMA
• Case reports have shown Long term
neurotoxicity
▪ Major depression
▪ Anxiety disorder...
Addiction Profile of MDMA
• No it is not physically addictive
• People tend to be “addicted” because of its
positive effec...
Take home messages
• MDMA is a popular street drug used by people
today, it is mainly taken as a tablet
• It provides the ...
Thank you for listening! ☺
Any questions?
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Basic Knowledge on MDMA

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A learning night talk by Lucie Li on the positives and negatives of MDMA

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Basic Knowledge on MDMA

  1. 1. Basic knowledge on MDMA Because no one wants to learn about prescription drugs
  2. 2. Learning objectives • What is MDMA? How do you take it? • What positive effects does MDMA have on the user? • What are MDMA’s side effects? ▪ Acute effects ▪ Hangover effect ▪ Side effects due to prolonged use • How addictive is this drug?
  3. 3. What is MDMA? • Ecstasy; E; X; XTC; Adam; Molly • One of the most popular recreational drugs used in today’s society • Known for it’s euphoric effect on the user
  4. 4. How to take MDMA? • Can be administrated through oral route, nasal route or needle injections • Onset of action: 30 minutes after oral ingestion • Total duration: 3-5 hours, vary greatly from person to person
  5. 5. Positive Effects of MDMA • Anyone here taken this drug before? • How did you feel during the “high”?
  6. 6. Positive Effects of MDMA • Increased energy • General sense of happiness • Promotes emotional attachment for users to the events • Decrease in fear, anxiety, and insecurities • Feelings of love and empathy • Analgesic effect, decreased pain perception • Increases awareness and appreciation for music, the environment, and those around them
  7. 7. Negative effects of MDMA • Acute side effects ▪ Minor acute effects ▪ Major acute effects • Hangover effect • Complications with prolonged use
  8. 8. Acute minor negative effects of MDMA • Tachycardia (Fast heart rate) • Pupil dilation • Trismus (lockjaw) • Hypertension (high blood pressure) • Small increase in body temperature • Muscle tensions • Confusion • Dry mouth • Bruxism (Teeth grinding)
  9. 9. Major negative effects of MDMA • Hyperpyrexia ▫ Severely high body temperature which can lead to multi-organ failure and death • Cerebral haemorrhage ▫ Bleeding of the brain • Serotonin syndrome ▫ Continuum of symptoms ranging from confusion to seizure to death, caused by excessive amount of serotonin
  10. 10. Major negative effects of MDMA • Arrhythmia ▫ Irregular heart contraction, with potential lead to stroke • Cardiac arrest These events rarely happen with low doses of MDMA and proper ingestion of MDMA!
  11. 11. Hangover Effect • Much like alcohol or any other substances that act on the nervous system, MDMA has a hangover effect as well • Usually start 24 hours after intake of drug, and can last up to 5 days • Symptoms of ▪ Lack of energy ▪ Depressed mood ▪ Irritability
  12. 12. Effects from prolonged use of MDMA • Case reports have shown Long term neurotoxicity ▪ Major depression ▪ Anxiety disorder ▪ Aggression • Studies have demonstrated negative impact on ▪ Hippocampus (memory center of the brain) ▪ Frontal cortex (executive functioning)
  13. 13. Addiction Profile of MDMA • No it is not physically addictive • People tend to be “addicted” because of its positive effects it gives them • When one feels the need to quit, quitting is easy
  14. 14. Take home messages • MDMA is a popular street drug used by people today, it is mainly taken as a tablet • It provides the users with an euphoric effect, making them feel energetic and open to their surroundings • It also induces many negative side effects as well, both during acute and delayed phases • Prolonged use causes negative impact on the brain, especially towards memory and executive functioning • It is not an addictive drug!
  15. 15. Thank you for listening! ☺ Any questions?

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