How Long Does MDMA Stay in your System?

MDMA (3,4-methylenedioxy-N-methamphetamine), widely known as Ecstasy (also shortened as “E” or “XTC”) is a drug that enhances the users mood, causes an increase in energy, heightens tactile feelings and may cause distortions in perception of time. It is associated with a state of euphoria and intense, often positive emotions and it can increase sexual experiences as well. Because of this, ecstasy is associated with parties and partying, often being labeled as a “party drug”.

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The origin of the drug has it’s roots in the club and rave scene where it was used almost exclusively but it has since spread to other cultures and cultural groups, including people of all ages. If you have taken MDMA and you’re concerned about how long it remains in your system then read on.

How long does MDMA stay in your system?

In order to give a proper estimate it must be determined whether MDMA was taken once (single dose) or multiple times. Multiple dosage is frequent as a way to maintain the initial high that comes from a single dose. In such cases the MDMA will linger in the system for a prolonged amount of time and as such it is not recommended to take another dose as the “comedown” will be more severe as well.

Single dose

A single dose of MDMA will show up in tests as follows:

  • Urine: traces of the drug will be present from 1 to 3 days
  • Blood: traces of the drug will be present for ~12 hours
  • Saliva: traces of the drug will be present from 1 to 3 days
  • Hair: will be found in laboratory tests from 90 days later

Multiple doses (two or more)

Multiples doses of MDMA will increase the time length that MDMA stays in your system:

  • Urine: traces of the drug will be present from 2 to 5 days
  • Blood: traces of the drug will be present for ~24 hours or more
  • Saliva: traces of the drug will be present from 1 to 5 days
  • Hair: will be found in laboratory tests from 90 days later

Other cases

The initial high generated by MDMA lasts for several hours. The more you take the drug, the longer your system will take to flush it out. Back-to-back dosing can lead to a build up in your system. Usage of MDMA is associated with other drugs such as cocaine, viagra, methamphetamine and marijuana. This can further prolong the time that the drug remains in your system.

Side effects

Primary side effects include increased heart rate, increased blood pressure and muscle tension. Other side effects that have been reported, especially when coming down are nausea, chills, sweating and blurred vision. Some symptoms may reoccur days later for no apparent reason.

MDMA drug test

If you have to take a drug test then be informed that traces of MDMA will be found in your system, especially if’s right after you have taken the drug. Drink plenty of water, exercise to sweat it out and let your body rest for the recommended period before you take the test. Even though MDMA can show up in a hair test after 90 days you should know that hair testing for drugs is rarely practiced.

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