Ecstasy: what is it?
What is ecstasy?
Ecstasy is a street name for the drug methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA). It is a type of stimulant that also produces hallucinogenic effects.
Stimulant drugs speed up the messages between the brain and the body, and can make a person feel more awake, alert, confident or energetic.
Although ecstasy is sometimes described as being a mild hallucinogen, it is very rare for a person using ecstasy to hallucinate.
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What does it look like?
Ecstasy usually comes in the form of a tablet, in various shapes, sizes and colours. Often, the tablets are imprinted with logos and designs from popular culture.
How is it used?
The most common way to take ecstasy is by swallowing.
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Last Reviewed: 30/06/2012
Reproduced with kind permission from the Australian Drug Foundation.
Australian Drug Foundation. Ecstasy facts. Last updated 30 June 2012. http://www.druginfo.adf.org.au/drug-facts/ecstasy (accessed Jan 2013).
Ecstasy: effects on the body
The effects of ecstasy may start to be felt within 20 minutes to one hour after a pill has been taken, and may last for 6 hours.
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Cannabis/marijuana: what are the effects?
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Cocaine: use with other drugs
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