a.k.a. MDMA

Ecstasy or Methylene Dioximethamphetamine (MDMA) was first synthesized in Germany in 1898. This compound was first marketed as an appetite suppressant in 1914. A few years later, in 1941 this drug was used in a research to treat Parkinson’s disease. However, the subject withdrew because it was causing the subject’s muscles to stiffened. At about the same time, this drug was discontinued as an appetite suppressant because of strange side effects. In 1972, therapist in the United States used the drug to reduced hostility in marriage counseling sessions. Unfortunately, participants were abusing the drug heavily. In 1985, the use of this drug in marriage counseling was banned.

Because of the widespread used and abused of MDMA, the federal government have placed it as a controlled substance and designated as Class A which carries stiffest penalties and Schedule 1 drug in which only a licensed physician may prescribed the drug.

Common Names of MDMA

MDMA takes a form of a pill, which varies in shapes and sizes. Accordingly, six new designs are made every month. Some of the more common designs include;

Red and Black Capsules - "Dennis the Menace"

White Pills with Dove imprints - "White Doves"

White or off-white tablets - "Hamburgers"

Largish flat white tablets with brown speckles - "Disco Biscuits"


   - Feeling of Expansive well-being

   - Creates "high" that interrupts the feeling of fatigue and tiredness allowing the person to be  ctive all day and into the night.

Side Effects

Because MDMA increases the amount of Serotonin level, the person no longer feels tired. Eventually, serotonin is exausted and not refueled. The person "crashes" that is; becomes severely depressed and extremely tired.

MDMA has anticoagulant properties, therefore, it can cause internal hemorrhaging.

Detection Period

Time of 1-2 days. May vary depending on the amount and frequency of usage.


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Revised: January 13, 2010