MDMA (ecstasy, molly) and mephedrone are two illegal\/illicit substances that act as stimulants in the human body. What is the difference between MDMA and mephedrone? Some recreational drug users\/abusers treat these two substances as equivalent and interchangeable. However, according to the results of a study review published in March 2014 in the British Journal of Pharmacology, people who treat mephedrone as an MDMA substitute subject themselves to serious potential negative consequences. These include the onset of intense mephedrone withdrawal symptoms and a possible increase in the odds of ultimately developing a physical dependence on drug intake. The Difference Between MDMA and Mephedrone MDMA is a \u201cclub drug\u201d that combines the central nervous system effects of stimulant drugs and medications with some of the perceptual changes produced by hallucinogenic substances. Specific effects associated with the intake of the drug include: \tBlood pressure and heart rate increases, \tSteep rise in body temperature \tFeelings of expansiveness \tChanges in both normal touch and normal light sensitivity Some sources report that molly has fewer impurities than the form of the drug known as ecstasy. However, since MDMA is not made in monitored conditions, no one knows for sure if these claims accurately describe any real-world differences. Some MDMA users exhibit substance addiction by consuming the drug despite negative consequences. Mephedrone is one of the most common ingredients found in the relatively new illegal\/illicit drugs known as \u201cbath salts.\u201d Like the other typical active ingredients contained in these drugs, it belongs to a group of chemicals called synthetic cathinones. These chemicals resemble both MDMA and the stimulant amphetamine. Mephedrone increases the normal rate of activity in the central nervous system just like amphetamine, cocaine, and other stimulant drugs and medications. In addition, it produces hallucinations similar to those associated with the use of MDMA or classic hallucinogens like LSD. Some drug users knowingly substitute mephedrone for MDMA under certain circumstances; others may unknowingly use substances that, although sold as MDMA, actually contain mephedrone or some other synthetic cathinone. Consequences of Substitution Researchers used an analysis of previous studies to compare the impact of MDMA use to the impact of mephedrone use. The researchers also looked at what can happen when a given individual uses mephedrone as a substitute for MDMA. Some of the studies under consideration involved laboratory experiments on animals, while others involved clinical experiments on human beings. Researchers came to several important conclusions about the difference between MDMA and mephedrone. First, they concluded that both MDMA and mephedrone produce largely similar short-term health risks in users. However, users of MDMA have specific risks for developing a dangerously high body temperature, as well as for experiencing certain toxic reactions inside the brain. The researchers also concluded that people who use mephedrone have a higher chance of physical addiction than users of MDMA. These reasons include: \tMephedrone\u2019s relatively strong mind-altering effects inside the brain \tThe relatively short amount of time from mephedrone ingestion to the onset of the drug\u2019s effects \tThe relatively brief amount of time during which mephedrone triggers its peak drug impact. In combination, these characteristics may cause mephedrone users to \u201cbinge\u201d on the drug. Binging unwittingly accelerates the brain changes required to produce physical dependence. The researchers also concluded that the rapid activity of mephedrone makes users susceptible to the symptoms of drug withdrawal. As a rule, drug withdrawal occurs when a person affected by physical dependence does not receive enough of the drug in question to meet the brain\u2019s expectations and established requirements. Since mephedrone\u2019s effects don\u2019t last for long, users of the drug may experience unusually intense withdrawal symptoms. Significance and Considerations Researches note that mephedrone differs substantially from other types of synthetic cathinones, as well as from MDMA. Their work reinforces the consensus that the use of bath salts leads to drug addiction. Since some drug users knowingly or unknowingly substitute mephedrone for MDMA, they may also increase their chances of developing serious addiction-related problems. Addiction Treatment at Lucida Treatment Lucida Treatment helps treat addiction through detox and therapy. Detox helps your body purge the substance from your system, and overcome your physical dependency on said substance. After detox, therapy tackles the psychological roots of addiction. At Lucida Treatment, we offer a wide variety of therapies professionally designed to help you get and stay sober. Therapies offered at Lucida Treatment's addiction treatment center include: \tCognitive Behavioral Therapy Program \tDialectical Behavior Therapy Program \tEye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy Program \tFamily Therapy Program \tGestalt Therapy Program \tGroup Therapy Program \tIndividual Therapy Program \tPsychodrama Therapy Program \tTrauma Therapy Program If you want to get sober, Lucida Treatment can help! Contact us online or call us today at to overcome addiction for good!