Ecstasy or MDMA is known to impact the function of Serotonin Transporter protein (SERTs) by blocking the reuptake of the neurotransmitter, thereby, depleting its level. This, in turn, may have deleterious effect on mood, appetite, learning, memory and pain.
Several studies are afloat in the western world regarding the effect of MDMA in controlling post-tarumatic stress disorder
or cancer-related anxiety
. It has been revealed that there is a reduction in disease severity in MDMA- administered patients although critics are quick to point out that the potency of MDMA has deleterious effects on the neurotransmitter pathways. They warn that the negative effects of the drug should never be ignored. First Is Never The Last
It is but human to succumb to a craving for sublime existence. While ectasy can transport anyone onto rapturous shores, it must be remembered that these journeys are short-lived and that the magic carpet can easily be pulled from beneath the feet.
Long-term usage of ectasy can make a person fickle and forgetful and impair his ability to make snap judgements. Although these fantasy trips takes us on the path of 'least resistance', it is our need to say 'no' the very first time because the first is, always, never the last!
Dr. REEJA THARU/L