New Study Reveals That Taking MDMA Causes Increased Stress Levels

Researchers Tested Cortisol Levels Found in Hair
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Researchers Tested Cortisol Levels Found in Hair

In a new study conducted by lead researcher Luke Downey from Swinburne University of Technology has found that heavy users of MDMA, or ecstasy, have experienced an increased level of stress.

In order to conduct the study, researchers took 61 participants ranging from heavy users, light users and a control group who never took the drug and recorded their findings over the course of three months. During the testing period the researchers would look at cortisol levels found in hair.

Cortisol is a stress hormone that we all produce in our bodies and interestingly it is deposited in our hair,” states Downey.

If you are one of those party people who go out every weekend and indulge in MDMA or ecstasy, the results were pretty clear that the more drugs you take the higher levels of stress you feel. Interestingly enough, the purpose of the study was to see if the increased levels of stress had anything to do with memory loss.

In measuring both stress levels and memory performance, what we wanted to know was – ‘does that repeated stress on your body relate to memory problems?’ Interestingly, no significant relationship between the memory deficits and levels of stress (indexed by the amount of cortisol) emerged,” Dr Downey says.

It's not all that significant to realize that taking drugs effects your body in a negative way. The more drugs you take, the more significant the wear is on your body. You feel this when you wake up the next morning and your head feels like it's in a vice and your body feels like a shell of a human. The way drugs effect your body is a different story. Certain aspects like dehydration and the like are definitely not healthy, but it seems like when you put it all together, having increased levels of stress is something you really don't want.

It is also important to not that "hair cortisol in light Ecstasy users was not raised." We definitely don't condone drug use, but taking it easy with moderation is always a safer route if you feel it necessary to take the plunge.

[via: AJP & Human Psychopharmacology]