MDMA or 3,4-Methylenedioxymethamphetamine, commonly known as ecstasy, is a psychoactive drug primarily used as a recreational drug. The desire effects include altered sensations and increased energy, empathy, and pleasure.
HOW DOES MDMA AFFECT THE BRAIN?
MDMA increases the activities of three brain chemicals:
DOPAMINE-increases energy/activity and acts in the reward system to reinforce behaviors.
NOREPINEPHRINE- increases heart rate and blood pressure, which are risky for people with heart and blood vessel problems.
SEROTONIN- affects mood, appetite, sleep, and otheer functions. It also triggers hormones that affect sexual arousal and trust. The release of large amounts of serotonin likely causes the emotional closeness, elevated mood, and empathy felt by those who use MDMA.
OTHER HEALTH EFFECTS INCLUDE:
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