Regular MDMA use can have a particular impact on regulating appropriate emotional reactions to situations, according to a new study conducted by researchers from the University of Liverpool.
The nerve pathway that is mostly affected by ecstasy use is called the serotonin pathway. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that is synthesized, stored, and released by specific neurons in this pathway. It is involved in the regulation of several processes within the brain, including mood, emotions, aggression, sleep, appetite, anxiety, memory, and perceptions.
This means that long term use of ecstasy pills can destroy your ability to have adequate emotional reactions. That’s because MDMA temporarily boosts the serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine activity of your brain, making you feel more emotional, empathic, hyper or aroused.
The research team conducted the analysis from 157 ecstasy users.