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Ecstasy Pills

Ecstasy (x-ta-see) pills, also known as E, sweeties, swedgers, or named by the logo on the front, is a drug associated with the dance scene. Pills usually have a distinct logo on one or both sides of the pill and come in a variety of colours, shapes and sizes.

Most users buy ecstasy pills that they expect to contain the chemical MDMA (3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine).

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

It normally takes 20 minutes to an hour for the effect of a pill to come on (this may be different if taking MDMA powder and will vary from person to person). While waiting to "come up" there may be feelings of anxiety or nausea with some people reporting throwing up. If snorting a crushed pill the effects may by stronger and last longer. The same goes for rectal (up your bum) use.

Ecstasy pills containing MDMA can last 4-6 hours and when the effects wear off the come down can last 3-4 days, which may leave you feeling low and irritable.

There is no set amount of MDMA in pills so there can be a huge difference in each batch. Pills in the 90s were really strong but by the 2000s they started to get weaker and it would be common for people to take two at a time. This should be avoided as many pills are now a lot stronger. A dose may be considered to be 80 mg but ‘ecstasy’ pills can contain anything from 0-300mg of MDMA. This dose should not be taken as a recommendation.

Pills may also be made using other drugs such as PMA or PMMA (see PMA section). This gives effects similar to MDMA but is more toxic and will take longer to kick. As pills that do not contain MDMA take longer to take effect wait two hours before re-dosing and start with half or even quarter of a pill.

If snorting a crushed up pill the effects will come on quicker and will be stronger. The same goes for rectal (up your bum) use.

Ecstasy pills containing MDMA can last 4-6 hours

What you Need to Know

If you choose to take ecstasy:

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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