MDMA Cont.


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In my previous blog I discussed the dangers of an ever so popular drug MDMA here : http://www.personal.psu.edu/afr3/blogs/siowfa13/2013/09/who-is-molly-and-why-is-everyone-looking-for-her.html

Previously I touched on some of its dangers regarding its potency variance and the inevitable inconsistencies in the drug which can lead to complications and death.

I'd like to continue this discussion and see what the drug actually does to the body and why it is so harmful. MDMA, like many other mind altering drugs, messes with chemical balances in the brain. 'Molly' mainly affects the serotonin levels in the brain when the MDMA chemicals bind to the serotonin molecules in the brain. The increased serotonin is what causes the 'high' that users desire, but the lingering binding to the serotonin can cause effects on a user for up to and over a week. Some of the lasting effects include, but are not limited to, anxiety, sadness, aggression and a significant reduction in mental effectiveness and capabilities.

Also, MDMA metabolites make it hard for the human body to metabolize the drug which can lead to users to ingest more, which is a whole other issue, but is usually what usually leads people to overdose.

DrugAbuse.gov states that, "Because of its stimulant properties and the environments in which it is often taken, MDMA is associated with vigorous physical activity for extended periods.2 This can lead to one of the most significant, although rare, acute adverse effects--a marked rise in body temperature (hyperthermia).3,4 Treatment of hyperthermia requires prompt medical attention, as it can rapidly lead to muscle breakdown, which can in turn result in kidney failure. In addition, dehydration, hypertension, and heart failure may occur in susceptible individuals. MDMA can also reduce the pumping efficiency of the heart,6 of particular concern during periods of increased physical activity, further complicating these problems."  

Information above found: http://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/research-reports/mdma-ecstasy-abuse/what-are-effects-mdma

The more and more you look into this drug, the scarier it becomes. The natural reactions that this drug induces in the body are dangerous and, as seen above, more likely than not, can lead to a downward spiral of negative effects on the body.

First the drug attacks the brain causing a short lived high but can keep the chemicals in a user's brain imbalanced for following days or more. The drug causes the body to dehydrate and slow down while simultaneously working harder and harder (due to stimulant effects & the mixture with the locations in which this drug is commonly used), which can never be good causing an increase in bodily functions--& a decrease at the same time.

Next time someone's "looking for Molly" perhaps they should take a look here first. 

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This is so relevant, especially to kids our age these days. Most of the people taking Molly most likely have no idea what they're really putting into their body (stupid). I've heard about people taking ecstasy and molly and having to have something in their mouth to prevent their teeth from grinding and I didn't see it in the graph up above so i decided to look it up and this is what I found... http://www.erowid.org/chemicals/mdma/references/journal/1999_milosevic_comm-dent_1/1999_milosevic_comm-dent_1_media1.shtml
that itself is enough for me to never want to take these types of drugs because I love my teeth. I hope your blog can have a positive effect on some people in our class because i think people really need to learn more about this fad more.

I feel like this and the previous post are great and something that the majority of college students should read. I've known about the uncertainty of what one gets when purchasing Molly as a definite danger. I also had a relative idea about the release of serotonin in the brain which was the main reason people enjoyed it. However, I was unaware of the many lingering effects of it. I think if a lot people read about having lingering effects a week after taking it that they would highly reconsider. It really makes one question the morality of the artists that promote the use of it. Here's a video of someone that got a bad dose (I feel the bath salt component). This video will definitely make people question taking it, if being offered it.
http://www.worldstarhiphop.com/videos/video.php?v=wshhmiDZFdiw4NP8Jja5

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