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Ecstasy MDMA Category: StimulantsPsychedlics

Also called: E, XTC, pills, yokes, MDMA, MD.

Ecstasy is a tem used to describe the drug MDMA (3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine).

It is a stimulant drug (‘upper’) that also produces mild hallucinogenic/ psychedelic effects. 

May 2021 update 

See our update on the latest MDMA trends here


MDMA most commonly comes as pills known as Ecstasy that are identified by their logo, shapes and colours. It also comes as capsules, crystals or powder which could vary in colour. 

How it’s used

MDMA Pills and powders are most commonly taken orally and by snorting. Powders can be 'dabbed' and swallowed.

Short-term effects

Long-term effects

Other risks


Not physically addictive but there is a risk of psychological addiction, when you feel you can’t enjoy yourself without it. You may build tolerance to it so you might have to keep taking more to get the same effect.


If you use regularly, you may feel tired and depressed after use.

How long does it stay in your system?

Ecstasy shows up in urine tests for 3-8 days. (The length of time depends on the test used, the amount you take, if you have other medical conditions and your own metabolism. Please use this figure as a guide only)

What support is available?

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Harm Reduction

It is always safer not to use at all, but if you do,follow harm reduction information. See our MDMA harm reduction information 

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