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How much Ecstasy is too much?
Q: For the last 9 weeks have been frequently experimenting with Ecstacy. I have taken it 1-2 times a week. I have had hangovers but no other negative experiences. I keep hearing how taking too much is bad, but I can't find anywhere, how much ecstacy over how much time is to much and can cause serious damage?

A: The topic of Ecstasy neurotoxicity is a complicated and controversial one. There is little concrete data about exactly how much is ok (if any) and how much is too much. That said, 1-2 times a week is considered heavy use and it's quite possible it could cause serious problems.

We have seen recommations of at least 4-6 weeks between uses in order to allow the brain's neurochemistry a chance to return to normal. There is no question that high enough doses of Ecstasy can cause neurotoxicity (brain damage). Limiting the number of pills taken in an evening is an important factor...use as little as possible to minimize dangers.

Some people, many of them experts in the field of MDMA research, believe that any use of Ecstasy is neurotoxic, no matter how much time is taken between uses. This has yet to be proven, but there is some scientific research to back the claim. Either way, it is generally accepted that the higher the dose and the more frequent the use, the more likely problems are to occur.

Asked By : Ari
Answered By : fire
Published Date : 1 / 21 / 2001
Last Edited Date : 1 / 21 / 2001
Question ID : 1971

Categories: [ Health ] [ MDMA (Ecstasy) ]

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