4_wheel_drivesKnown As:

  • Ecstasy, E, Pills, Doves, Rhubarb & Custard, Apples, McDonalds, Mitsubishi, Playboy and a whole host of others depending on what is stamped on it.


  • Ecstasy (MDMA) is both a stimulant, it speeds up your bodies system, and a mood changing drug, which alters how you see the world.
  • The effects can vary considerably, depending on how you feel when you take it, who you are with and where you are. Effects also vary according to what you take. There's a whole range of drugs sold as ecstasy, such as MDEA and MDA.
  • The effects can combine feeling both stimulated and relaxed as well as being totally in tune with other people.
  • About 20 minutes to an hour after dropping a pill, you will start to feel hotter and your mouth will dry out. Your heart will start to beat faster and you lose your appetite.
  • People often feel things more intensely. At an event you will be able to "lock on" to the music, you will feel as though complete strangers are your best friends and colours, faces and lights become clearer.
  • Some people however react differently and will feel anxious or even paranoid.
  • Effects tend to be at their strongest during the first two hours, but can last for several hours at a lesser intensity.
  • Stays in the body for 2 - 4 days.

The Day After:

  • Ecstasy removes feelings of tiredness and thirst which means as you dance for longer you will sweat and not notice it causing you to become so dehydrated that you will start to feel very ill or collapse.
  • Because ecstasy is a stimulant, the come down is similar to speed but once your mood is no longer being artificially elevated, you may sink into much stronger anxiety and depression.
  • Awkward situations can be hard to handle and make you panic or paranoid.

Regular Use:

  • Long term frequent users find that they need more ecstasy to come up, but even then the effect is not as good. Using it often may well cause you to get run down from exhaustion resulting in colds, sore throats and flu. Women may find that they get infections like cystitis and thrush.
  • The more ecstasy you use, the worse the come down.

Long Term Effects:

  • Research has shown that high doses of ecstasy damages the brains of animals. Some experts believe that this will also apply to humans, and may lead to mental health problems latter in life.

Stay Safer:

  • Make sure you feel fit and rested before taking ecstasy, it puts a lot of physical strain on the heart, liver and kidneys.
  • Make sure that if you are dancing a lot, you drink about a pint of fluid (not alcohol) an hour to replace the fluids lost by sweating. Isotonic sports drinks replace lost body salts very effectively. If you are not dancing, don't drink as much water. Too much water could cause your brain to swell inside your skull causing brain damage or death.
  • Make sure you rest every so often to give your self chance to cool down a bit.
  • Avoid drinking alcohol at the same time as ecstasy. This will dehydrate you even more.
  • Avoid taking ecstasy if you are taking anti-depressants.
  • Avoid increasing the amount of ecstasy you take to get the same effects as last time. Taking a break from using it will help.

If It All Goes A Bit Pete Tong:

  • If someone starts getting panicky or anxious, calm them by talking to them in a quiet and reassuring way and move them away from the music and lights.
  • If you can not find your friends and you start feeling bad, go to the chill-out area or the main entrance, where you will probably be able to find a paramedic or someone in charge if things really start to feel as though they are going wrong.
  • If you start feeling too hot or you feel light headed, take time out to recover in the chill-out area. Avoid carrying on dancing because you don't want to miss the next DJ!