What we have now available is a variety of “street drugs.” Previously, cannabis was also part of the list before scientists realized the potential health benefits, it had to offer. The US is approaching the full legalization status of weed and it won’t be long before the substance is used for primary medical treatment. One other drug that has grabbed the attention of medical experts is ecstasy.
What is Ecstasy?
Ecstasy contains the chemical compound known as MDMA. While this chemical happens to be in the largest proportion, there are other substances that are commonly mixed.
The study, as per 2005, found that 60% of the pills available to the users had other chemicals apart from the usual MDMA. On further investigation, it was found that the pill had a sufficient amount of DXM that is present in cough medicine. Along with that, a considerable portion of caffeine and MDA, a similar substance to MDMA, were also found.
The point is that these additional substances may make ecstasy, a rather dangerous drug.
On taking the pill, the person experiences an elevated state of happiness. If consumed in a comfortable positive environment, the person undergoes an extreme form of euphoria. Everything in the surrounding is perceived with a positive mindset. In addition to that, the touch and bodily sensations are also enhanced. Usually, people who have taken a dosage of ecstasy will report increased sensitivity to light. Altogether, what makes it different from other drugs is in its ability to make the person increasingly “happy.”
What the pill does on one side. Like with the case with other psychoactive substances, ecstasy is not without its side effects.
One complaint often heard was the bad “come down” or the time following the consumption of pill. The person feels isolated from the world and dwells in a state of severe depression.
Now, according to a study, ecstasy usage is also linked with memory problems. It may affect the performance of the brain as a result leading to the said outcome.
The research asked about 10 people to volunteer for the experiment that continued for a span of one year. On the starting of the investigation, participants were asked to follow a dosage of ecstasy pill that would be given to them once every month.
Note: The experiment replicated the scenario happening in most parts of the US. An average ecstasy user will most likely consume one pill every month.
Once, the study concluded, the volunteers exhibited a severe form of memory problems. They had difficulty recalling things from the past.
Scientists feel that the results are difficult to note, not until they become apparent. It happens when the ecstasy drug has been able to enter the bloodstream leading to the brain region. Ultimately, it affects the limbic system area, responsible for memory processing.
The results alerted the researchers who have called for a major cause of concern towards the findings. They feel that the government should take necessary steps to prevent excessive usage of the drug. A number of teenagers are resorting towards this drug for a possible escape from everyday stress. What they do not realize are the negative consequences that tag along.