Party drugs are a category of drugs that are often times used at parties, raves, dance clubs, and music festivals. “Party Drugs” consists of a wide variety of different drugs some of them are: Ketamine, GHB, and MDMA (Ecstasy).
Party drugs seem innocuous enough however, because they are often times made in illegal laboratories the users aren’t actually sure what they are getting. The purity can vary from dose to dose of each drug, which can easily cause an overdose.
MDMA-street name is Ecstasy and Molly:
What is MDMA?
(MDMA) is a synthetic drug that alters mood and perception (awareness of surrounding objects and conditions). It is chemically similar to both stimulants and hallucinogens, producing feelings of increased energy, pleasure, emotional warmth, and distorted sensory and time perception.
MDMA was initially popular in the nightclub scene and at all-night dance parties (“raves”), but the drug now affects a broader range of people who more commonly call the drug Ecstasy or Molly.
How do people use MDMA?
People who use MDMA usually take it as a capsule or tablet, though some swallow it in liquid form or snort the powder. The popular nickname Molly (slang for “molecular”) often refers to the supposedly “pure” crystalline powder form of MDMA, usually sold in capsules. However, people who purchase powder or capsules sold as Molly often actually get other drugs such as synthetic cathinones (“bath salts“) instead (see “Added Risk of MDMA”).
Some people take MDMA in combination with other drugs such as alcohol or marijuana.
How does MDMA affect the brain?
MDMA increases the activity of three brain chemicals:
- Dopamine—causes a surge in euphoria and increased energy/activity
- 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.
Other health effects include:
- muscle cramping
- involuntary teeth clenching
- blurred vision
MDMA’s effects last about 3 to 6 hours, although many users take a second dose as the effects of the first dose begin to fade. Over the course of the week following moderate use of the drug, a person may experience:
- impulsiveness and aggression
- sleep problems
- memory and attention problems
- decreased appetite
- decreased interest in and pleasure from sex
It’s possible that some of these effects may be due to the combined use of MDMA with other drugs, especially marijuana.
Other Nick Names for MDMA:
Ecstasy is, most of the time, in the form of a tablet or pill with different colors. But it may also appear in crystallized or powdered form, such as molly. The popular nicknames and street names for ecstasy include:
- Dancing shoes
- Disco biscuits
- X, E or XTC
- Malcolm or Malcolm X
- Egg rolls
- Hug drug
- Happy pill
- Scooby snacks
- Vitamin E
- Vitamin X
Street Names for Ecstasy Use and Abuse
Your child could use or refer to ecstasy if you do not know the street names for ecstasy and its use. Some of the slang terms that refer to using or abusing ecstasy include:
- Drop or double drop
- Flip or flipping
- Roll or rolling
- Raver or raving
- Cuddle puddle or E-puddle
Ketamine is in the class of drugs known as anesthetics and is generally used on animals. It is extremely potent and has an intense effect on those who use it recreationally. Depending on how it is ingested the effect can be almost immediate.
Ketamine basically causes a disconnect between the brain and the body. The perception of sound, sight and touch changes. This intense alteration of reality is powerful enough that the user continues to use to keep getting the effect. This leads to abuse of Ketamine and high tolerance. A higher tolerance means that the addict uses more and more to get high.
There is a danger to Ketamine. Ketamine is sometimes used as a date-rape drug. It can slow your breathing, your heart rate and the user can become unconscious. Ketamine can also cause death.
Like other party drugs is used to heighten ones experience at parties, raves, music festivals, etc. It can cause euphoria, increased libido, and disinhibition.
GHB has become popular amongst gay men, in combination with meth. Since there are a high libido and disinhibition often times high-risk sexual encounters occur. GHB is addictive due to the effects it has on the user. The side effects of GHB are:
- Visual Hallucination
- Slow breathing
Overdosing on GHB can cause coma, and death.
Looking closer at “party drugs”, they aren’t all that fun. They have negative side effects, and can cause death. For those who are addicted to them, the situation seems hopeless. There is hope for Recovery though.
Recovery can happen with the help of:
- Individualized treatment planning
- Building a sober support network
- Learning how to have fun in sobriety
- A nurturing environment
These things can be found in a residential treatment center.