Ecstasy is a man-made drug that produces energizing effects similar to the stimulant class amphetamine as well as psychedelic effects, similar to the hallucinogen mescaline. This drug is a popular in nightclubs, music festivals or concerts, it is illegally taken. This drug is also a designer drug. It is a schedule I substance, which means that is considered by the U.S. Federal Government to have no medical benefit and a high potential for abuse.
How does ecstasy affect the brain? Once the pill or capsule is swallowed, it takes about 15 minutes of ecstasy to enter the bloodstream and reach the brain. It can cause long-lasting damage to the brain areas that are critical for thought and memory. It also increases the activity of three neurotransmitters that includes the serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine. The harmful effects of this substance are blurred vision, teeth clenching, faintness, nausea, increased risk for unsafe sex, chills or sweating, increase in heart rate and blood pressure, muscle tension and higher body temperature.