MDMA is an ecstatic drug which is commonly abused in form of a stimulant. The chemical name for this ecstasy drug is 3, 4 methylenedioxymethamphetamine which is scientifically and in the medical circles commonly known as MDMA. It is a drug that originates form phenethylamines. Chemically, it is closely related to phenethylamine. It is also described as hallucinogenic stimulant or psychedelic amphetamine. The pure form of MDMA is a white crystalline powder which is sold in plastic powder and is more available as a pressed tablet often branded with a symbol of capsule. Therefore, MDMA (3, 4 methylenedioxymethamphetamine) is a synthetic, psychoactive drug that is chemically similar to the stimulant methamphetamine and the hallucinogen mescaline (NIDA, 2010).
MDMA is taken orally and is usually available in form of capsule or tablet. Many young adults and adolescent are increasingly using this type of drug in the current world. However, this drug has been found to be popular among the gay males. People using this type of drug use it together with some other drugs such as marijuana, methamphetamine, cocaine, ketamine and other legal and illegal stimulant substances. MDMA is an addictive drug. Survey has shown that a high percent of the people who are addicted to this type of drug are the young adults and the adolescent. Concerns over the use of this drug have increased because of the perceived risks associated with MDMA over several years. Greater concerns are associated with the long-term effects of using this type of drug.
MDMA has become a popular drug because of the instant effects that a person experiences within an hour or so after taking a single dose. People who take this drug report to have an extra ordinary feeling such as feelings of mental stimulation, emotional warmth, empathy toward others and a general sense of well being and a deceased anxiety (Pearce, 2010). The users also say that they achieve an increased sensory perception after taking a dose of MDMA. As a result of these stimulants properties, the drug has found its way into clubs or dance settings. This is because MDMA can make its users to dance for extended periods without getting exhausted. In this case, MDMA gets into the bloodstream of the user and interferes with the body’s ability to metabolize or be cognitive of exhaustion. After hours of taking the drug, it produces significant reductions in mental abilities hence affecting the brain and impairing the information processing in the body mechanism.