Ecstasy: Chemical | Organic composition

Last modified: Sunday, 31. May 2009 - 2:01 pm

Unlike drugs such as cocaine, marijuana, tobacco, and heroin, ecstasy is not derived from a naturally occurring plant; rather it is a synthetic drug created in a laboratory. An average ecstasy tablet contains between 75 mg and 150 mg of MDMA, along with some inactive filler compounds, but they can range anywhere from 0 mg to 400 mg MDMA. Due to its synthetic nature, ecstasy is frequently cut with other drugs, and some recent drug busts have found tablets sold as ecstasy to contain less than 30% actual MDMA. Some other drugs often sold as or in combination with MDMA as ecstasy are methylenedioxyamphetamine (MDA), dimethyltrypatamine (DMT), dipropyltryptamine (DPT), paramethoxyamphetamine (PMA), and numerous other stimulants and hallucinogens including PCP, cocaine, ketamine (special k), methamphetamine, gamma hydroxybutyrate (GHB), lysergic acid (LSD), pseudoephedrine, and dextromethorphan (cough medicine). Like most drug users, ecstasy users rarely use just ecstasy. Other drugs commonly taken in combination with ecstasy are alcohol, marijuana, heroin, cocaine, LSD, other “club drugs,” and sometimes antidepressants or benzodiazepines to counteract the feeling of “coming down” off ecstasy.

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