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Safety Guide


50 to 150 mg

Active/Lethal Ratio:


Addiction + dependence potential:

Low to moderate.


Pill, powder

Legal status:

Schedule I substance

How many people use MDMA?

How many people use MDMA?

MDMA, commonly known as ecstasy or molly, is a popular recreational drug, especially in music festivals, raves, and clubs. It is a synthetic drug that alters mood and perception. Originally developed for therapeutic purposes, it gained popularity as a recreational substance due to its euphoric effects. Users often seek a heightened sense of empathy and connection. Taking MDMA is commonly called “rolling.”

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Half life:


Physical effects

Dilated pupils
Jaw clenching, teeth grinding
Skin tingles
Heightened senses
Muscle aches

Reduced appetite
Fast heartbeat
Heightened senses
Muscle aches

Cognitive and Psychological effects

Energetic, confident
Reduced anxiety and inhibitions
Auditory and visual hallucinations

Floating sensations
Paranoia and aggression

Long term health Effects

Colds or flu
Increased risk of depression and anxiety
Needing to use more to get the same effect
Dependence on MDMA

Increased risk memory and concentration problems
Liver problems
Financial, work and social problems


People who are using MDMA are at an increased risk of the following conditions:

Before taking MDMA

While taking MDMA

Start low and go slow:

Hydration and body temperature:


After taking MDMA


When can I roll again?


Adam, Beans, Clarity, Disco Biscuit, E, Ecstasy, Eve, Go, Hug Drug, Lover’s Speed, Peace, STP, X, and XTC


Dopamine—produces increased energy/activity and acts in the reward system to reinforce behaviors

Norepinephrine—increases heart rate and blood pressure, which are particularly risky for people with heart and blood vessel problems

Serotonin—affects mood, appetite, sleep, and other functions. It also triggers hormones that affect sexual arousal and trust. The release of large amounts of serotonin likely causes the emotional closeness, elevated mood, and empathy felt by those who use MDMA.


Common Adulterants

Bath salts (synthetic cathinones)

Testing MDMA

Important note: reagent kits like those listed below can tell you about the presence of certain substances in a drug sample. It cannot indicate purity or confirm the exact composition of a drug substance.


Alcohol + MDMA

Marijuana + MDMA

Stimulants + MDMA

Psychadelics + MDMA

Depressants + MDMA

Commonly asked Questions

about MDMA

What is the difference between MDMA, ecstasy, and molly? What about MDA?

Can I overdose on MDMA?

Is MDMA addictive? Can I develop a tolerance for MDMA?

Can I do MDMA two days in a row?

Can you microdose on MDMA?

Will MDMA affect my memory?

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