The use of Ecstasy is not all that joyful. Like all other addictives, it is found to lead to both short term and long term health hazards. Brain imaging research indicates that Ecstasy has the potential to cause severe brain injuries with major neurological impacts.
It interferes negatively with the proper functioning of the nervous system and affects the communicative ability of the neurons.
It is found to make an adverse impact on the regulation of mood, aggression, sexual activity, sleep and also on pain sensitivity. Though it is true that Ecstasy is not as harmful to the body as other addictive drugs such as heroin or cocaine, it is not absolutely free from side effects.
Short-term side effects of ecstasy include nausea, hallucinations, increased body temperature, muscle cramping, tremors, teeth clenching etc. Ecstasy users are also found to suffer from long-term mental after-effects such as anxiety, paranoia, and depression.
Other psychological side effects caused by Ecstasy include confusion, sleep problems etc. These mental irregularities are likely to occur both during and even long after taking Ecstasy.
Physical side effects of Ecstasy include muscle tension, involuntary teeth clenching, nausea, disturbed vision, rapid eye movement, sweating etc. Increased heart beat and rise in blood pressure are the symptoms that often develop in people suffering from circulatory ailments and severe coronary disorders.
MDA, the parent drug of Ecstasy, is also considered as the ‘chemical cousin’ of Ecstasy due to its similarity in structure and constitution. Studies indicate that MDA also results in the gradual destruction of serotonin-producing neurons that are found in the brain. Ecstasy is also similar in chemical structure and effects to methamphetamine.
This is also shown to cause degeneration of certain neurons. Such neuron destruction is considered to be the underlying cause of many old-age related diseases such as Parkinson’s disease. The characteristic feature of this disease is lack of brain to body coordination and tremors.