How Is Ecstasy Made?

What is Ecstasy?

MDMA is a synthetic drug that is commonly called ecstasy  Because it is a central nervous system stimulant, it enhances sensory perceptions, including that of color, sound, and touch. Ecstasy also has some hallucinogenic properties.

Originally developed by the Merck Company in 1912, ecstasy gained some popularity with psychiatrists as treatment alternative; however, it never gained FDA-approval but did earn an emergency ban by the Drug Enforcement Administration. Today, Ecstasy is considered a Schedule I controlled substance.

Ecstasy is also known by other slang terms, such as:

  • Molly — Molly is considered the pure form of Ecstasy and is the crystalline powder form of the drug. Even though Molly is considered pure, it usually isn’t. In fact, it’s often cut with other contaminates such as methylene — a synthetic substance often found in “bath salts.”
  • X, E, or XTC — This is another slang term for Ecstasy, which is the pill or capsule form and the most common way people use Ecstasy.

Dangers of Making Ecstasy

Manufacturing ecstasy requires combining several toxic chemicals, including formaldehyde, mercury, and ammonium chloride. MDMA is incredibly dangerous to make, and the chemical reactions and exposure to substances like mercury can permanently harm you or even kill you. 

There are many dangers associated with making MDMA, including:

  • Chemical burns: The chemicals used to make MDMA can cause serious chemical burns if they come into contact with the skin or eyes.
  • Inhalation poisoning: The fumes from the chemicals used to make MDMA can be poisonous if they are inhaled.
  • Explosive hazards: The chemicals used to make MDMA can be explosive if they are not handled properly.
  • Health risks: The chemicals used to make MDMA can also be harmful to your health, even if they do not cause immediate burns or poisoning.

What Is Ecstasy Made Of?

Tests done on seized Ecstasy show that its composition can vary. Generally it typically contains MDMA has the primary active ingredient, but also contains various other substances such as:

Sometimes Ecstasy may not contain any MDMA at all and may be composed entirely of other substances.

How Is Ecstasy Made?

Ecstasy is made in clandestine labs in Canada and, sometimes the Netherlands and United Sates. Individuals combine chemicals that are derived from plants or other natural sources. The process is dangerous and exposes manufacturers to potentially deadly consequences. 

The final product is often mixed with other substances, such as fentanyl, caffeine, or other harmful substances, which can make the effects of ecstasy unpredictable.

Ecstasy Use

According to the 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, nearly 2.5 million people reported using ecstasy in the previous year

Ecstasy remains a popular drug in certain party scenes despite the many toxic chemicals it contains and the potentially dangerous effects it can have on the body. Long-term side effects of taking ecstasy include:

  • Problems concentrating.
  • Impulsive behavior.
  • Insomnia.
  • Heart disease.
  • Depression.

Ecstasy Addiction Treatment

If you’re using MDMA compulsively, it is never too late to find effective help to get you on the road to recovery and back to living the life you deserve. American Addiction Centers’ nationwide locations use proven addiction-focused healthcare to help people find meaningful recovery from drug and alcohol addiction.

To learn more about the different levels of care at any of our centers, contact our knowledgeable and compassionate admissions navigators at 24/7. They are on hand to answer your questions about your treatment options including:

  • Medical detox.
  • Inpatient drug and alcohol rehab.
  • Partial hospitalization programs.
  • Intensive outpatient programs.
  • Outpatient treatment.
  • Telehealth services.

If you’re worried about the cost of treatment, American Addiction Centers’ treatment facilities accept most major insurance providers. If you’re underinsured or don’t have insurance we offer other ways to pay for the cost of treatment. Don’t wait another day to get the help you deserve.

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