LSD And MDMA Controversy

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LSD and MDMA are two of the most controversial drugs prevalent in our society today. Both Lysergic acid diethylamide and Methylenedioxymethamphetamine are considered psychedelic chemicals which means they may induce hallucinations and an altered perception of the senses. It is not the chemicals themselves that inspire controversy, but rather how they affect one’s health and state of mind. Little knowledge about these chemicals is known by the general public or even by people who knowingly ingest them. Rumors have circulated for years about the true health and psychoactive effects of these drugs. Some people would have you believe LSD and MDMA destroy your brain cells or even make your brain bleed. Some speculate that ingesting these chemicals…show more content…
LSD does not store in the spine as some may have you believe. It metabolizes within twenty-four hours after ingestion and leaves the body (Last). All of the minor physical effects last merely a little longer than the duration of the experience. Users may experience jaw tension along with other bodily tension accompanying the physical anxiety the chemical causes. Some of this tension can be accompanied in the stomach area by mild nausea. Users can also experience some dizziness and confusion. The body temperature rises slightly along with heart rate (LSD Effects). However minor these side effects might seem LSD does present some real danger for pregnant users. LSD can cause uterine contractions potentially causing a miscarriage (Darlington 402). Though MDMA, more commonly known as the active ingredient in ecstasy, is also considered a psychedelic its effects are extremely different from LSD. MDMA primarily involves the neurotransmitters dopamine and serotonin in the brain. MDMA acts by blocking serotonin reuptake, causing more serotonin to be released, and additionally releasing dopamine (Holland 29). This flood of serotonin in the brain might be responsible for the extreme “high” users…show more content…
Users might experience involuntary eye jiggling, or nystagmus. The chemical is know to cause an increase in heart rate as well as blood pressure. The body can become less able to regulate its temperature. Users typically experience some form of jaw tension or teeth grinding. Muscle tension is also not uncommon. Dehydration is a common risk which forces users to drink water throughout their experience. However, users are also susceptible to hyponatremia, a result of drinking too much water also called “water intoxication”. Side effects also include nausea, vomiting, loss of balance, dizziness, and even vertigo. Rarely users will experience liver toxicity. Some believe MDMA can also cause neurotoxicity, but the evidence backing this is quite controversial (MDMA
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