MDMA commonly known as ecstasy or molly, is a psychoactive drug primarily used for recreational purposes.
The desired effects include altered sensations, increased energy, empathy, as well as pleasure.
When taken by mouth, effects begin in 30 to 45 minutes and last 3 to 6 hours.
MDMA has been described as an empathogenic drug because of its empathy-producing effects. Results of several studies show the effects of increased empathy with others. When testing MDMA for medium and high doses, it showed increased hedonic and arousal continuum. The effect of MDMA increasing sociability is consistent, while its effects on empathy have been more mixed.