Ecstasy

Reduced serotonin levels

Use of ecstasy causes a severe reduction in the amount of serotonin in the brain, according the scientific journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

"The levels of serotonin and another chemical associated with serotonin were 50 to 80 percent lower in the brain of the Ecstasy user" said study author Stephen Kish, PhD, of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto, Canada. "This is the first study to show that this drug can deplete the level of serotonin in humans."

According to researchers at Macalester College, Minnesota USA, the absence of serotonin can be associated with higher levels of irritability, impulsivity, aggression, disordered eating, and sleeping problems.

It’s a cognitive time bomb

People who take Ecstasy risk impairing their memory function. A study found that those who regularly took Ecstasy suffered from long-term memory difficulties. They were also 23% more likely to report problems with remembering things than non-users.

What’s your name again?!?

Ecstasy users are also highly likely to use other drugs, including cannabis. Researchers say this leaves them vulnerable to a myriad of memory afflictions.