MDMA (3,4-methylene dioxy-N-methy amphetamine) is a street drug in the amphetamine class of drugs.
MDMA, also known as ecstasy, E, X, or XTC, usually referrs to its pill form, which includes possible adulterants.
MDMA crystaline powder is known as Molly and is reputed to be a purer form.
MDMA induces a sense of euphoria and diminished anxiety.
Clinical trials involving the therapeutic potential of MDMA for post-traumatic stress disorder are ongoing.
MDMA possesion is a criminal offence in the US.
Some limited exceptions exist for scientific and medical research.
The United Nations has estimated that between 10 and 25 million people used MDMA at least once in the past year. Similar to the number of cocaine, amphetamine, and opioid users.
MDMA is commonly associated with dance parties (raves) and electronic dance music.
Molly is a cross between a psychostimulant and a mild hallucinogen.
The drug is structurally related to mescaline and was first synthesized early in the twentieth century by the then fledgeling German pharmaceitical company, Merck.
Users describe ecstasy as promoting the feeling of empathy and inner peace.
It is often sold at Rave events by dance-floor pharmacologists.
Users claim to feel ‘connected’ and enlightened as well as euphoric. They further claim it gives them clarity and self-insight.
Ecstasy is thought to heighten the powers of concentration and focus. Thr initial drug-induced epiphany fades with frequent use.