|Tips for Ecstasy users.
-Drink lots of water to replenish body fluids.
-From time to time, stop moving, take deep breaths and relax.
-Maintain a healthy lifestyle: eat a balanced diet, take vitamins, and get plenty of sleep.
-Remember: Less is more. Large or frequent doses can increase the side effects without adding to the experience.
-Much of what is sold as Ecstasy is not pure MDMA. Be cautious of what you buy and who you buy from. Impurities may include amphetamine, LSD, heroin, or PCP.
-Alcohol can reduce or change the effects of Ecstasy, and the combination can cause undesired effects.
-Integrate what you've learned. Think about your thoughts and feelings and try to apply them to real life.
The multifaceted jewel
Ecstasy catalyzes a powerful experience that takes many different forms. It can provoke an intense, energetic, spiritual high or lead to warm, loving relaxation. It can connect people freely and openly with each other or promote deep inner thinking and analysis. Sensual yet not necessarily sexual, beautiful and sometimes dangerous, Ecstasy covers a wide range of human emotions, experiences, and passions. What you put into it is what you get out, so be sure to explore the many facets of the experience.
Those little annoying side effects
Although some people say it has no side effects, Ecstasy is not the perfect drug. Users have reported a variety of mild physical symptoms such as jaw clenching, teeth grinding, eye wiggles, tightened muscles, sweating, chills, increased heart rate, blood pressure and body temperature, auditory effects, nausea, shaking, and next-day sleepiness. Occasionally it can cause toxic reactions in people with asthma, heart conditions, diabetes, epilepsy, psychosis, or depression. Remember, Ecstasy is a powerful drug. Treat it -- and your body -- with respect.
As time passes...
Myths abound concerning Ecstasy's effects after repeated usage. Most claims (such as that it causes Parkinsons disease or drains spinal fluid) actually refer to other drugs or common misconceptions. Although scientists suspect some nerve terminal damage and neurotransmitter depletion in the brain based on animal research, the true long-term effects and implications remain a mystery until further human research becomes legal. By avoiding the temptation to use Ecstasy too frequently, you can lessen the risk and have more fun.
Less is more
An active dose of Ecstasy depends on ones body weight, sensitivity, and prior use. A typical "hit" contains 75-125 milligrams. Over 175 milligrams increases side effects for many users. Taking a larger dose does not necessarily mean a better experience -- it may be more "speedy," but less ecstatic.
The chemical name for Ecstasy is "methylenedioxymethamphetamine," or "MDMA" for short. Although it is derived from organic material, MDMA itself does not occur in nature, and must be created in a complex laboratory process.
MDMA was designed in 1914 by the Merck Company of Germany. However, it was not used until the early 1970s when some therapists believed that it helped people to bring out their true feelings in a peaceful and open manner. For many years, Ecstasy (known then as "ADAM") remained legal, known only among a fairly small group of people.
In the mid-1980s, Ecstasy exploded into the nightclub scene in Texas and Britain. Fearing possible health risks, all scientific, therapeutic, and recreational use by humans was banned by the United States and British governments by 1986. Despite the objections of scientists, doctors, and even judges, it was classified along with marijuana, LSD, and heroin as a drug with no recognized medical use and high abuse potential.
In 1992, the Food and Drug Administration permitted a group of researchers in California to study the short-term effects of Ecstasy on human health. The study is not yet completed.