Methylene DioxyMethAmphetamine (MDMA) – usually called ecstasy – is a drug made from different chemicals. It can contain both amphetamines and some hallucinogens. Amphetamines are stimulant drugs which mean they speed up the brain and the central nervous system. Hallucinogens are drugs that can cause people to see, hear, feel or smell things that do not exist (to have hallucinations).

Other names for ecstasy include E, XTC, eccy.

Forms of ecstasy: Ecstasy is made illegally and is sold as small tablets in various sizes and colours. It can also come in powder form to be inhaled through the nose (snorted).

People who make ecstasy often mix or cut the substance with other things to make the drug go further. Some substances in the tablet or powder can have unpleasant or harmful effects. It is difficult to tell what the drug actually contains.