Since the dawn of time, human beings have been experimenting with drug use. In the early times B.C., humans were using drugs like marijuana and opioids. As we have moved forward in time, our desire to be intoxicated hasn’t changed much, but our science has progressed significantly. It has led to the discovery of stimulant drugs like cocaine and MDMA.
While the reputation for MDMA and cocaine is different, they have a lot in common. MDMA, which is also known as ecstasy, has a “safer” status as a party drug. Cocaine, however, is viewed as a much more dangerous drug.
Both drugs have the potential to be addictive when abused. They work on the brain to produce euphoria, and when you alter the chemical balance in the brain, there is a possibility it may never return to normal. The most common trait between the two drugs is an addiction. While ecstasy may pose a smaller risk than cocaine when it comes to full-blown addiction, they are still dangerous when abused. These risks increase significantly when used in conjunction with other drugs substances such as alcohol.
Cocaine may have a worse reputation than MDMA, but they both should be avoided as they can cause severe problems. Let’s take a more in-depth look at cocaine and MDMA.
What is Cocaine?
Cocaine is a powerful and addictive stimulant drug. For thousands of years, the individuals in the South America region where the coca plant grows have chewed and ingested coca leaves, which is the source of its stimulating effects. The purified chemical, cocaine hydrochloride, started to be isolated from plants more than 100 years ago.
In the 1900s, pure cocaine was the active ingredient in tonics and elixirs. It was developed and used to treat various ailments and was even an ingredient in the original Coca-Cola formula. Prior to local anesthetics, surgeons used the drug to block pain.
Cocaine is classified as a Schedule II drug, which means it holds the potential for abuse but can be administered by a doctor for legitimate medical uses. As a street drug, it appears as a white powder substance. It is commonly referred to as blow, snow, or powder.
People commonly abuse two forms of cocaine – the water-soluble hydrochloride salt and the water-insoluble cocaine base. Users may inject or snort the salt, which is a powder, and freebase cocaine is smoked. The drug is often referred to as crack or rock.
Cocaine Side Effects
Cocaine can produce a dangerous high in the brain, but it can also have severe effects on the body. The drug has the potential to cause heart attacks in those without a healthy heart. Even those who started using the drug under the impression they were healthy can cause adverse effects to the heart. Other cocaine side effects include:
- Constricted blood vessels
- Increased blood pressure
- Dilated pupils
- Rapid heart rate
- Decreased appetite
- Increased body temperature
- Abdominal pain
Even with limited exposure to the substance, you place yourself at a much higher risk of health conditions. These, unfortunately, can result in death.
What is MDMA?
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), MDMA is a synthetic drug that acts as a stimulant and hallucinogen. It works on the brain by producing effects that are energizing, distorting time and perception, and enhanced joy from those experiences.
It is described as an entactogen, which is a drug that increases self-awareness and empathy. 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine is a derivative of the phenethylamine family of chemicals. It can act as a hallucinogen, stimulant, or entactogen.
MDMA is commonly referred to as ecstasy, and it frequently comes in a capsule that people consume in a club or rave setting. Unfortunately, a lot of ecstasy today may not contain MDMA. Many of the tablets will contain different concentrations of MDMA. The drug is commonly cut with ketamine, caffeine, heroin, PCP, or cocaine.
Molly is another slang for the drug, but it refers to the crystallized pure version that comes in capsules.
Many people believe that they are receiving the most refined version of the drug, but when it comes in a capsule, it is much easier for drug dealers to cut the product to increase their profit.
Molly has been shown to contain several different types of dangerous drugs.
MDMA Side Effects
MDMA can cause severe depression due to how the drug interacts with serotonin and dopamine in the brain. Unfortunately, those who abuse MDMA place themselves at a higher risk of developing severe depression that will not go away despite abstinence. If you or someone you know is abusing the drug, you must speak to them about getting help. The sooner you stop using MDMA, the better your chances are of returning to a healthy state.
The most common side of MDMA include:
- Loss of appetite
- Decreased in your libido
- Unusual sleep patterns
Ironically, a drug that boosts your emotions so high can produce such intense aggression or sadness. Unfortunately, that is the reality for most substances that can be abused. They may possess incredible effects, but they are not usually worth your time.