YouTube host tries Ecstasy

In this video Rens Polman tries out Ecstasy (XTC / MDMA) to see what effect it has on his body. XTC is a psychoactive drug used primarily as a recreational drug. Desired effects of XTC (or MDMA) include increased empathy, euphoria, and heightened sensations.

Usually MDMA is swallowed in pill form (Ecstasy). Because every tablet contains a different amount of the active ingredient, you never know how much MDMA you take in when you swallow a whole, a half or a quarter tablet.

The dose of MDMA in ecstasy pills varies widely. Also, some tablets can contain a different (dangerous) substance like PM(M)A or mCPP. These substances are more harmful than MDMA and can cause unpleasant side effects. A recreational dose is between 1 and 1.5 mg MDMA for each kilogram body weight per occasion (or between 0.4 and 0.7 mg MDMA for each pound body weight). This means that when you weigh 60 kg (or 130 pounds), a recreational dose would be between 60 and 90 mg MDMA for the whole evening. Does your tablet contain more than 180 mg MDMA? In that case, a half tablet (or two times a quarter tablet with at least one and a half hour in between) should be enough for the desired effect. If you take more, you will especially experience more unwanted effects like jaw tension, forgetfulness, confusion and nausea. Of course the use of MDMA is never without risks, but if you follow this advice you can limit the risks and side effects as much as possible.

Risks involve:

  • Overheating (hyperthermia)
  • Water intoxication (hyponatremia)
  • Serotonin syndrome (serotonin poisoning)
  • Higher risk of heart problems (cardiovascular disease)
  • Epileptic seizure
  • Acute confusional state
  • Liver damage
  • Psychological symptoms / hangover

[Via: DrugsLab]

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