Snorting Ecstasy; Bad Idea?

The effects of snorting ecstasy affect people differently for many reasons. The brain and body are both impacted through the use of ecstasy but overdose may be possible if a person is not careful. Find out more about snorting ecstasy and the ramifications of using the drug.


What is Ecstasy

MDMA, also known as ecstasy, is a Schedule I controlled substance, available in tablet form with distinctive markings on one side. Ecstasy was originally patented as an appetite suppressant and used as an adjunct to psychotherapy. Used recreationally as a party drug, people use it in raves for the stimulant and hallucinogenic properties. Tablets sold as ecstasy may contain a small amount of MDMA. Some tablets may also contain traces of LSD or heroin.


What Snorting Does to the Body

Ecstasy is typically administered orally but it may also be dissolved, injected, crushed or taking rectally as well as snorted. MDMA affects the brain by altering activity of chemical messengers (neurotransmitters) which enable nerve cells in the brain to communicate with one another. MDMA causes the release of another neurotransmitter, norepinephrine, likely the cause of increased heart rate and blood pressure seen in use of MDMA. An elevated body temperature is always possible with dehydration being a dangerous side effect which can lead to medical complications or death.


Side Effects

Typically, a person using ecstasy in the club scene uses it to socialize and have fun while dancing. Ecstasy addiction, over time, may alter memory and other behaviors  and should be treated with behavioral and psychological therapeutic interventions. Snorted ecstasy rapidly enters the bloodstream and may put the individual at serious danger of suffering adverse health consequences including:

  • Altered memory
  • Addiction
  • Behavioral issues
  • Mental health concerns
  • Blurred vision
  • Dehydration
  • Heart failure
  • High blood pressure
  • Muscle cramping
  • Nausea
  • Sweating

An overdose is more likely to happen when a person snorts ecstasy as it is distributed through the system more quickly.


Snorting to Get High

To feel a high more quickly, a person may decide to snort ecstasy but neglect to consider unwanted side effects of immediate doses of MDMA including dehydration, arrhythmia or kidney failure. Confusion, depression, and anxiety may last for weeks following ecstasy use. Snorting can be lethal due to use of a higher dosage than realized or when taken in combination with other drugs. The urge for more (addiction) can have lethal consequences.


Safe Snorting

There is no way to know if snorting ecstasy is safe. Many blood cells exist in the nose which can become infected when it enters the body. Snorting tools may be shared with pass along pathogens and disease. The safe dose of ecstasy depends on the frequency of use and amount administered. If a person uses ecstasy in combination with other drugs it may have even more lethal consequences.

Ecstasy can be highly addictive and disruptive to the brain and body’s natural processes. Addiction to ecstasy can have long-lasting negative effects on the entire body system. If you are struggling with addiction to MDMA, ecstasy, call Hired Power to find out how we can help you quit before it’s too late.