How? How much? When? For how long?
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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 effects.
- 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.