How? How much? When? For how long?
Read our section on dosing and tolerance in ME for more
As with any drug, the correct dose for you depends on factors such as
weight, gender, metabolism, whether you have taken the drug recently or
not, amongst many others.
How you take it matters...
MDMA usually comes in a powder or pill form, and is ingested orally.
However, it is also sometimes taken nasally, but this is not recommended,
as it decreases the length of the experience, cause nasal pain and can
cause a more severe comedown.
Small/sensitive people: 60-90mg
Recommended dose for most people: 75-125mg
Large/less sensitive people: 110-150mg
Strong dose: 150-200mg
Heavy dose: 200mg+
Guideline by body weight: 0.7mg per lb, or 1.54mg per kg
Optional redose: half of the original dose, 2–3 hours in.
Use a scale to measure
the exact amount of MDMA you would like to take.
When do the effect kick in and for how long?
The START time below is when you will usually begin to feel the effects
of MDMA from the time when you first take it. DURATION is
roughly the length of time you will experience the effects, after which the
effects will start to wear off and you might start to feel the comedown
Onset: 20–70 minutes (depending on the form of the MDMA and how much food you have eaten)
Duration: 3–5 hours
Normal after-effects: up to 24 hours after
WARNING: pills in the UK and Europe contain a very high concentration of
MDMA. This can lead to accidental overdoses. We recommend that you try half a pill first as it
might have much more MDMA than you expect.
How often can I take it?
The Three Month Rule
MDMA works by causing large amounts of serotonin to be released, along with other neurotransmitters like dopamine.
After using MDMA, your serotonin levels are lowered, and it takes
a long time for your brain to build more serotonin.
If you take ecstasy
on a regular basis, you may be releasing and depleting your serotonin
before it has a chance to fully replenish itself.
This means you will be operating on lower-than-normal serotonin levels
most of the time, and this can
lead to depression or worsen depressive symptoms.
It is recommended that you leave at the very least 1–2 months
between uses, ideally 3.
Save MDMA for special occasions or events only, and use it very sparingly.
Tolerance and loss of effecctiveness
Just as if you take too high a dose,
consuming MDMA too often also seems to produce an irreversible
loss of potency.