Ecstasy is a series of substances that were popular in the late 80s under the name of designer drugs. This is usually amphetamine compounds to which a component is added more or less hallucinogenic affects. It is sold as pills or tablets that are recorded on various designs to differentiate.
Ecstasy was discovered in 1912 by Merck while searching for an appetite suppressant drug and subsequently abandoned by their psychoactive effects.
Although several substances that fall under this name the best known are the ecstasy, ketamine, GHB.
Give rise to a mixed experience between stimulation and altered perception, for which they have been compared with a mixture of amphetamine and a hallucinogen known as mescaline. When consumed in pill form, its absorption through the digestive system to be distributed to the bloodstream is slower than for other routes of administration.
The psychological effects are euphoria, empathy, sense of self-esteem increased, disinhibition, increased sexual desire, talkativeness, restlessness, confusion, oppression.
The physiological effects are tachycardia, arrhythmia, hypertension, dry mouth, sweating, contraction of the jaw, tremor, dehydration and increased body temperature.
The main risk of the designer drugs are primarily anxiety attacks, depressive disorders, psychotic disorders, severe increase in body temperature, arrhythmia, seizures, kidney failure, coagulapatía, bleeding and strokes, liver failure.