What are the routes of MDMA administration?

Updated: Dec 20, 2017
  • Author: In-Hei Hahn, MD, FACEP, FACMT; Chief Editor: Jeter (Jay) Pritchard Taylor, III, MD  more...
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MDMA is available as a tablet, capsule, powder, and liquid; however, it most commonly is used in capsule or tablet form. The pure crystalline powder form of MDMA is usually sold in capsules and is popularly known as Molly (slang for “molecular”). [6] Tablets often are engraved with various motif symbols and brands, ranging from birds (eg, doves) and animals (eg, blue elephants), numbers (eg, 8 1/2), cartoon characters (eg, Bugs Bunny), and cars (eg, Ferrari).

MDMA is usually swallowed, although reports of smoking, snorting, and injecting MDMA have been found. Users may place a crushed or powdered dose of MDMA in a small piece of soft paper (eg, toilet paper) and swallow it—so-called parachuting—to speed onset of the drug's effect. [7] Following oral intake, the duration of action is 8-24 hours with a half-life of 12-34 hours, though this can depend on the purity of the drug ingested.


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