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MDMA (3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine) also known as MD, mandy or molly is the active ingredient in many pills sold as ecstasy and became increasingly popular in the late 1980s. It can be sold as a crystal, powder, capsule or pill.

The powder/crystal may be white, yellow, grey, purple or light brown in colour and this should be ground to a fine powder before use. It is normally then snorted or ‘bombed’ in a cigarette paper.

Pills vary widely in strength and colour and may contain other drugs which can be more toxic. Ecstasy pills are usually named after their colour and logo.

MDMA is a stimulant (upper) and empathogen (‘loved-up’) drug which can make you feel chatty and euphoric. You may feel more connected to music and people and be able to have conversations more freely. It also increases your heart rate and body temperature. Other effects include hallucinations, enhanced colour and sound, jaw tension/clenching, dilated pupils and difficulty urinating.

Dosage is dependant on purity and route of administration. An average dose for swallowing is around 80mg and will give around 13 bombs from a gram (this dose should not be taken as a recommendation). Ecstasy pills can contain anything from 0-330mg of MDMA so people should start with a half or quarter.

It can be swallowed as a pill/capsule or wrapped in cigarette paper. MDMA can also be snorted or dabbed onto the tongue and should be crushed to a fine powder before use.

MDMA can be injected but this is less common and discouraged.

It can also be mixed in a drink but care should be taken to accurately dose and ensure no one else drinks it.

If you don't feel the effects don't be tempted to redose straight away. Hard pressed pills may take a while to kick

Some pills may contain PMA or PMMA which are more toxic and can take up to two hours to kick in.

What you Need to Know

If you choose to use MDMA:

Legal Information

Class A drug. Penalties for possession are up to 7 years in prison and/or an unlimited fine. Supply holds penalties of up to life in prison and/or an unlimited fine.

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