Ecstasy

'Ecstasy,' or methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA), is a chemical derivative of methamphetamine. Although both are stimulating the CNS, they produce different chemical interactions in the brain: ecstasy primarily affects serotonin, which mediates emotional systems, while methamphetamine causes the release of high levels of the neurotransmitter dopamine into areas of the brain that regulate feelings of pleasure. However, since ecstasy can garner higher prices, methamphetamine tablets are often sold as 'fake ecstasy', with the same weight, color, and logo, and often include ketamine in an effort to mimic the effects of MDMA. MDMA is less common than methamphetamine in Southeast Asia, but it is still used in most countries of the region.


 

For more information, please see
http://www.unodc.org/drugs/en/get-the-facts/ecstasy.html