Ecstasy Pictures

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Ecstasy Pills

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Picture of a Variety of Ecstasy Pills. U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration

Ecstasy is an illegal drug that contains the active ingredient MDMA (3,4-methylendioxymethamphetamine). It is related to stimulants and hallucinogens and produces both effects on mood and the senses, which made it a popular party drug.

While it can be found in the form of powder or in capsules, it can also be found in pill form. The pills are produced illegally and often use a variety of ingredients. This is both to bind the crystalline powder into a pill form and to extend the ingredients.

Ecstasy pills come in a wide range of shapes and colors with many different logos stamped into them. These logos and imprints help build a following for those from specific labs. Bright colors also make it more appealing, especially to young people. Here are a few examples of ecstasy pills to show their range of appearance.

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    MDMA Tablets Are Made in Illegal Labs

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    Ecstasy Pill With Fancy X Logo. U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration

    This MDMA pill has a fancy letter X stamped into it, likely referring to ecstasy (XTC). Ecstasy tablets are usually 50 to 150 mg and may be swallowed or crushed and snorted. 

    Most of the ecstasy pills sold on the street in the United States are manufactured abroad. Sources are often illegal labs in Canada and the Netherlands, where enforcement is not as restrictive as in the United States. Illegal labs in the US have far more difficulty in obtaining the precursors, which are well-monitored by the industrial chemical industry.

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      Ecstasy Pills Might Contain Other Drugs

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      Picture of Ecstasy With Fish Logo. U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration

      Pure MDMA has a crystalline appearance. When made into pill form, other ingredients are added to bind it together. One danger is that in buying an ecstasy pill, the purchaser cannot be sure what drug (if any) or how much of the drug is in the pill. This can lead to dangerous interactions with other drugs and to overdoses. The tablets might contain methamphetamine, cocaine, piperazine, synthetic cathinones ("bath salts"), or many different chemical contaminants. This pill with a fish logo is similar to a batch seized in Greece

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        Ecstasy Tablets Are Imprinted for Branding

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        Picture of Ecstasy With Crow's Feet Logo. U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration

        Illegal labs imprint logos into their ecstasy tablets to build a following. Purchasers might choose which tablets to buy based on the imprint. They may also give different imprints different names.

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          Ecstasy (MDMA)

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          Picture of Ecstasy with Butterfly Logo. U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration

          The butterfly imprint on these MDMA pills looks innocuous. It is an example of branding done by the illegal labs where ecstasy is produced. Often, they try to appeal to the youth market. 

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          Ecstasy Tablet with Space Shuttle Logo

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          Picture of Ecstasy with Space Shuttle Logo. U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration

          The MDMA tablet has a Space Shuttle imprint, which might indicate how spacey or high it promises to make the user. This example is similar to one found in San Francisco, California.

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          Ecstasy Tablet with Star Dust Imprint.

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          Picture of Ecstasy with Star Dust Logo. U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration

          This ecstasy table has a Star Dust imprint. It might refer to the glam rock days of David Bowie as Ziggy Stardust. Reports are that it came from a lab in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The imprints allow users to share their experiences with different pills online and on social media.

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          Ecstasy Tablet with Thumbs Up Logo

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          Picture of Ecstasy with Thumbs Up Logo. U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration

          The "thumbs up" logo has been seen in many different variations on MDMA tablets. Some of them have tested as including MDA rather than MDMA. You can never know from batch to batch what is in illegally-manufactured pills, even with the same logo.

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          Ecstasy Triangular X Logo Tablet

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          Picture of Ecstasy with X Logo. U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration

          Ecstasy tablets may be shapes other than round. This table has an X on it for ecstasy. Other shapes seen include hearts, triangles, oblong squares, and squares. They may also be shaped like animals or cartoon characters, similar to chewable vitamins.

          A Word from Verywell

          If you suspect that a pill offered by a friend or found in your teen's room is ecstasy, it may or may not be that drug. The bottom line is that you take a very large risk in taking a pill that was manufactured illegally. You can never know what is in the pill or how it might affect your body. Even if you try to check it out online, you can't be sure that the batch you have in your hand will have the same active ingredients.

          Sources:

          Drugs of Abuse. DEA. 2015. https://www.dea.gov/pr/multimedia-library/publications/drug_of_abuse.pdf#page=62

          MDMA (Ecstasy/Molly). NIH National Institute on Drug. Revised October, 2016. Abuse. https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/mdma-ecstasymolly.

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