4 Big Questions I Get from Students After a Presentation on MDMA (Ecstasy)

Does Ecstasy have Heroin, Speed and Cocaine in it?

I’ve never read or heard of heroin and cocaine being found in ecstasy in laboratory tests, even though press reports occasionally say otherwise. Speed and Ketamine have been found in ecstasy on different occasions. Ketamine’s groggy, disconnected effects are almost the same as the feelings one experiences when using heroin. This is what has helped to keep that rumor alive.


Why Doesn’t Ecstasy Get Me High Anymore?

A lot of ecstasy users feel Ecstasy isn’t as strong as it used to be, though purity tests suggest the average MDMA content hasn’t changed over the years. Users quickly build up a tolerance to the drug, requiring more E to reach the same euphoric effects once experienced after a single dose. One of the problems is the novelty and surprise qualities of a person’s first few experiences are unlikely to be repeated, unless use is very infrequent (once or twice a year).

How Long Does MDMA Stay in the Body?

Less than 1% remains after 48 hours. This amount will not be detectable in blood or urine samples. However, Ecstasy users may test positive for amphetamines in the standard drug test.

Can You Die from Using Ecstasy?

One of the main problem is overheating, along with alcohol consumption, is the most common cause of Ecstasy-related death. However, drinking too much water in an attempt to stay “safe” is even as dangerous. Some inexperienced users have died after drinking too much water after using the drug. In one reported case, a user died after drinking 26 glasses of water in a short space of time. The excess water causes the brain to swell inside the skull, which puts pressure on the brain stem and leads to coma and death.