MDMA is an illegal drug often used in the club scene. It is both a stimulant and a psychedelic leaving users feeling energized and with distorted perceptions. It enhances enjoyment from touching objects and people. MDMA is an acronym for its chemical name 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine. It is usually swallowed as a tablet or capsule but can also be absorbed rectally. Most people use between 120 and 240 milligrams of MDMA as a dose. Its effects last between 3 and 6 hours and people will often take a second dose when the effect starts to wear off.
MDMA works by altering the way neurotransmitters in the brain operate. MDMA can be toxic to brain cells that contain serotonin which may lead to to long-term damage. The rave drug tablets used in clubs are known as ecstasy but these tablets are rarely pure MDMA and are often a combination of other drugs such as methamphetamine, caffeine, cocaine, and ephedrine. MDMA is often used in conjunction with alcohol and marijuana.