MDMA, used correctly, is very safe. There is some debate about this,
I heard it causes brain damage!
The term normally used is "neurotoxicity". This sounds a little scarier
than it actually is; the term simply refers to physical changes occurring
within your brain. There are many things that cause physical changes to
your brain; most of them do not qualify as "brain damage."
Then what does neurotoxicity really mean for me if I choose to use MDMA?
MDMA is much less neurotoxic than some currently available
prescription drugs. The debate as to whether the effects it can have on
your serotonin receptors and whether they are permanent is continually
underway; however, hundreds of studies have been conducted over the last
twenty years, and none of them give any conclusive proof that long-term
MDMA usage is harmful to humans. For detailed information about studies
related to MDMA and neurotoxicity, go to the MAPS website.
I heard it causes your body to overheat and your
organs to shut down!
MDMA does NOT directly increase body temperature. MDMA does NOT cause
your organs to shut down. What MDMA does do is interfere with your
body's ability to regulate its own temperature. What this means is that
rather than being the constant 98.6 degrees F that it is supposed to be,
your body temperature will be dramatically affected by your surrounding
temperature. If it is very cold, your body temperature will drop lower
than usual. If it very hot, your body temperature will be higher than
usual. If you are involved in a very physical activity, such as dancing,
your body will also generate more heat, causing the same effect as being
in a hot environment. Your body needs water to help cool itself, so be
sure to stay hydrated. If you are in a hot, indoor environment, try to
take a break outside as often as possible. If you can't retreat to a cool
rest area, consider limiting your dancing or leaving the party. Most if
not all cases of MDMA related heat stroke have been a result of
overcrowded venues with insufficient ventilation and/or not drinking
Okay, what I really want to know is - is it safe?
Given the lack of conclusive evidence regarding neurotoxicity and the fact
that people have been using it continuously for ten, fifteen, and twenty
years without any noticeable negative effects, it's fair to say that the answer to this
is a firm YES. It is, however, like anything in life: do it
cautiously and with thought. Make sure you get true MDMA and not an adulterant. Make sure you regulate your dosage properly, as well as drinking enough (but not
too much) water and regulating your body temperature during your roll.