Well, maybe, maybe not: our brains might take it in their stride, just as they do so much else. Charles Arthur, Science Editor, looks at the implications. Proof positive.
Proof Positive: Taking ecstasy permanently alters your brain It went on to report that new research by George Ricaurte using PET scans had shown a difference between ecstasy users and non users.
Yes, there is a modest change to your brain after using MDMA that seems to last for about three to four weeks, give or take. It’s not permanent, and there’s no reason to believe it involves damage; rather, it appears to be a sort of ‘hangover’ effect caused by your brain’s reaction to being exposed to a drug.
MDMA affects the brain by increasing the activity of at least three neurotransmitters (the chemical messengers of brain cells): serotonin, 89,90 dopamine, and norepinephrine. 91 Like other amphetamines, MDMA enhances release of these neurotransmitters 89–92 and/or blocks their reuptake, 93,94 resulting in increased neurotransmitter levels within the synaptic cleft (the space between the neurons at a …
Does Ecstasy (MDMA) really cause brain damage? There is a whirlwind of controversy surrounding Ecstasy and trying to determine whether it causes brain damage. Some people claim that the drug can cause significant damage to neurons, axons, and the entire serotonin system within the brain.
implied ecstasy had ‘destroyed’ users’ brain cells rather than ‘damaged’ (i.e. altered) their functioning (Walgate, 2003). «Proof Positive: Taking ecstasy permanently alters your brain» (Independent, 06/11/97). «E’s can shatter nerves» (Daily Record, 06/11/97). «One night of Ecstasy may bring on Parkinson’s» (Times, 27/09/02).
MDMA, better known as ecstasy or Molly, is no exception. It acts on the neurotransmitters in the brain to give users an extreme alteration of their mood, but can also cause cognitive defects and loss of …
Effects of taking MDMA include «mental stimulation, emotional warmth, empathy toward others, a general sense of well-being and decreased anxiety,» according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.
Apr 07, 2011 · The 10 in the mid-20s were long-term users of ecstasy. The other seven men were healthy and had no history of ecstasy use.
May 20, 2017 · Brain damage does not heal, the damage really is permanent, yet so many people on here that supposedly fried their brain report feeling better with time and because of them getting on with their lives, worrying less about it.
Is MDMA Neurotoxic? And if so, what does that mean? There have been a lot of press reports (and even anti-drug ad campaigns) about the neurotoxicity of ecstasy. Magazines and newspapers have printed frightening stories suggesting that even a single dose of ecstasy can cause permanent brain damage.