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Methylenedioxy-N-methylamphetamine, MDMA MDMA increases the release of serotonin in the brain, by blocking the uptake transporter. Effects vary among different people. - produces feelings of self-confidence and great energy - increases openness and empathy between individuals - increases the sensitivity to sensations such as touch and sounds - enhances appreciation of art and music, euphoria, reduced fear and anxiety, reduced feelings of aggression - increases the sexual drive, but causes impotence and failure of orgasm in both sexes (due to the effect of serotonin on blood vessels) Short term effects - produces muscle tension and pain, especially around the mouth (teeth grinding) - loss of concentration, irritability and depression, panic attacks, hallucinations in repeated users - Death > hyperthermia (and dehydration due to alcohol consumption): rise in body temperature disrupts normal functioning of the heart and brain. People
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Unformatted text preview: who have died after taking Ecstasy have collapsed with body temperatures of 40-43 C (normal b.t.: 37 C) > “water intoxication”: MDMA slows the kidneys, blood becomes diluted, blood cells swell and die. Same mechanism of death as drowning. Long term effects Other abused drugs Ketamine (K, Special K) Methamphetamine (Meth, Crystal, Speed) Methylphenidate (Ritalin) THC binds to THC receptors on the neighboring terminal and this sends a signal to the dopamine terminal to release more dopamine. Scientists know the least about THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol) Cannabis THC reduces inflammation by blocking the production of prostaglandins. Same effect as aspirin, but 20 times more active. THC works as an anti-asthma drug by lowering the production of leukotrienes, which produce a severe contraction of the airways in an asthma attack....
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