Party drugs are a category of drugs frequently used at parties, raves, dance clubs, and music festivals. Party drugs consist of a wide variety of drugs, including MDMA, also known as Ecstasy or Molly, Ketamine, and GHB.
People like to party, and these drugs are popular throughout America because they commonly lower inhibitions, heighten libido, promote sociability and trust, and provide a general feeling of euphoria. However, they are especially prevalent in the LGBTQ community, and La Fuente Hollywood has over ten years of experience in the substance abuse treatment of LGBTQ individuals.
Party drugs might seem innocuous at first, but they are routinely made in illegal laboratories. Since illegal labs are not regulated for quality control, the users cannot know what they are getting. The purity can vary from dose to dose of each drug, which can easily cause an overdose.
If you or a loved one are seeking a party drug addiction rehab program in Southern California, call La Fuente Hollywood Treatment Center at 844.956.3514 or reach out online.
What Is MDMA?
How Do People Use MDMA?
People who use MDMA usually take it as a capsule or tablet, although it can be ingested as a liquid or snorted as a powder. However, people who purchase powder or capsules sold as Molly often get other drugs mixed with the MDMA, such as stimulants, anesthetics, or psychoactive substances. Additionally, many people take MDMA in combination with alcohol or marijuana. Naturally, this increases the danger of an adverse reaction or health complication.
MDMA increases the activity of three brain chemicals:
- Dopamine—causes a surge in euphoria and increased energy/activity
- Norepinephrine—increases heart rate and blood pressure, which is particularly risky for people with heart and blood vessel problems
- Serotonin—affects a variety of functions, including mood, appetite, and sleep. It also triggers hormones that affect sexual arousal and trust. The release of large amounts of serotonin likely causes the elevated mood, emotional closeness, and empathy felt by those who use MDMA.
Side Effects of MDMA
There are various possible side effects related to MDMA, but one of the most harmful is that the drug impairs the body’s ability to regulate temperature. As the drug is often taken in the context of partying, the dancing and physical exertion can cause the body temperature to spike, and when the body cannot regulate it, damage to the liver, kidneys, or heart occurs; in some instances, death results.
Additional physiological side effects include:
- Blurred vision
- Involuntary teeth clenching
- Muscle cramping
MDMA’s effects last about 3 to 6 hours, although many users take a second dose as the effects of the first dose begin to fade.
What Is Ketamine?
How Do People Use Ketamine?
Ketamine comes as a powder and a liquid and can therefore be snorted, injected, or ingested. Additionally, it can be smoked by combining it with marijuana or tobacco.
The effects of ketamine may be experienced within one minute if injected, 5–15 minutes if snorted, and up to 30 minutes if swallowed. Its effects can last one to two hours, but an individual’s judgment, coordination, and senses may be affected for up to 24 hours after initial use.
Additionally, ketamine is sometimes used as a date-rape drug since it alters perception and can affect memory.
Side Effects of Ketamine
When taken recreationally, in smaller doses, ketamine can result in a wider range of effects, including:
- Depressed mental state
- Detached feeling from the body
- Diminished coordination and reflexes
- Feelings of calmness and relaxation, relief from pain
- Hallucinations lasting from 30 to 60 minutes
- Nystagmus (repetitive, uncontrolled movements of the eyes)
- Slurred speech
Larger doses of ketamine can result in powerful hallucinations, coma, or deep unconsciousness.
What is GHB?
Gamma hydroxybutyric acid (GHB) is classified as a psychoactive drug that is used medically to treat some sleep disorders. Recreationally, it is abused because it creates a feeling of euphoria, increases libido, and promotes sociability similar to MDMA.
As a central nervous system depressant, it can also create feelings of relaxation similar to alcohol and lead to blackout memory loss, making it a common date-rape drug.
How Do People Use GHB?
GHB comes in a liquid or powder form and is often mixed into drinks. It usually begins to take effect within 10 minutes of ingestion, and the effects can last for six or seven hours.
Side Effects of GHB
While the sense of euphoria and lowered inhibitions is the reason why GHB is abused in the party scene, there are numerous unpleasant or harmful side effects, including:
- Impaired motor control
- Loss of consciousness
- Memory loss
- Nausea and vomiting
Overdose from GHB is possible, mainly because it is a central nervous system depressant that can slow breathing and heart rate to the point of coma or death.
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