MDMA (3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine), often called ecstasy, is an illegal synthetic stimulant drug.
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) publishes that most MDMA finds its way into the U.S. from clandestine laboratories in Canada.
It can also be found on the dark web. When ordered online, it can be shipped virtually anywhere.
Buying Schedule I drugs like MDMA online is illegal and also extremely dangerous.
Why People Abuse MDMA
MDMA is regularly deemed a party or club drug for the euphoric and empathetic rash it causes. It causes an energetic high as well as increases feelings of empathy and closeness. In addition to being a stimulant, MDMA also has hallucinogenic properties.
It distorts the senses as well as the perception of time.
Legality of Purchasing Drugs Online
Buying MDMA online is illegal. The DEA warns that most controlled substances bought from the internet come from other countries. Importing drugs like this into the United States is a felony — a federal offense that could result in jail time.
Most of the time, MDMA is sold online through sites on the dark web or underground internet. Bitcoin and other hard-to-trace cryptocurrencies are used to buy drugs.
The allure is that these transactions are anonymous. This is only true in one direction, however. While you may not be able to ascertain exactly who or where you are purchasing drugs from, they know exactly who and where you are because they have to ship them to you.
You may give these sites your money and never see a product or potentially get caught up in a law enforcement sting. Suspicious packages may get seized. Possession and distribution of MDMA can land you in jail.
A major issue with buying MDMA online, or anywhere, is that this drug is not regulated and neither are online marketplaces. It can be next to impossible to know exactly what is in the product you are buying since you are doing so sight unseen.
Drug testing kits on the market can help determine the purity level of MDMA that is purchased over the internet. These kits can at least determine that the drug is actually MDMA since it could very well not be.
Between 2015 and 2018, N-Ethylpentylone (another synthetic stimulant drug) was responsible for 151 American overdose deaths. This drug is often dubbed “fake MDMA,” and it may even be sold and passed off as the real thing. This drug, which is under the synthetic cathinone or bath salts umbrella, is a designer drug that is much more potent than MDMA, with a higher risk for overdose.
If you purchase MDMA online and get this drug instead, various complications are possible.
Questionable Purity of MDMA
In the United States, ecstasy ranges from about 30 to 60 percent pure. MDMA is commonly cut with other products or drugs, either in an attempt to stretch the product or to increase the high or potency of the drug.
Poison Control warns that the following are commonly found in MDMA:
- Baking powder
- Prescription drugs
- Illegal drugs
Another version of MDMA is marketed as Molly, which is supposedly intended to be a purer form of ecstasy containing primarily MDMA. This is not generally the case, however. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) reports that the majority of Molly seized by law enforcement in the United States also contains other drugs like:
- Over-the-counter (OTC) cough medicine containing dextromethorphan (DXM)
- Other synthetic cathinones
Increased Side Effects
Buying MDMA online can increase the odds of a fatal overdose, as it can be incredibly difficult to know what is in the drug you are taking. The addition of other street drugs or toxic substances can make the effects of the drug unpredictable and often more significant.
Psychosis, hallucinations, aggression, possible violent outbursts, insomnia, paranoia, and hyperactivity of the central nervous system can all be adverse side effects of MDMA. These can all be amplified when other drugs are also involved.
If drugs like MDMA are purchased off the internet, you can test them using a kit that checks for the presence of other synthetic cathinone, DXM, opioids, and other drugs if possible. Some kits will test for purity level so that you can know how much of the product is actually MDMA.
While this can potentially help with dosing the drug, it is far from perfect. It’s still likely that you could take an adulterated product, experience severe adverse effects, and overdose on MDMA that is bought online.
The Best Path Forward
The safest method is not to buy MDMA online or anywhere for that matter. The drug is unregulated and unpredictable. It can be potentially fatal with as little as one use. If you purchase MDMA online, the risks of using it are compounded.