The Effects of Methylenedioxymethamphetamine

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First used as a drug to help the clinically depressed look into themselves and how to better express their feelings, 3,4 methylenedioxymethamphetamine, or MDMA for short, was later classified as schedule 1 drug in July 1984. MDMA is making a comeback in recent years hitting the club scene and ravers of all ages are beginning to get mixed up with MDMA and taking it irresponsibly. People unbeknownst to the repercussions to the effects of this drug are dying as a result to it. There has been many studies on MDMA’s effects on rats which can show similarities and the effects of what they can do to humans. MDMA affects people in many ways. MDMA affects memory, social interaction, the nervous system and it has lasting effects on rats. According to Dzietko (2010), a small dose of MDMA in a rat during a time where the rats brain is developing goes through major changes in different parts of the brain. The amphetamine like substance, MDMA, has neurotoxic effects that lead to damage in the nervous system including serotonergic fibers, dopamine levels, and neurons. MDMA specifically has a direct effect on serotonin levels where it unleashes large amounts of it into the brain where there is not normally that amount present. The negative emotions and feelings that should be present that the brain is making is at the time is contained. With that much in the brain it leads to nerve endings and synpatic vesicles clouded with serotonin which stops the intake of the body producing
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