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MDMA, street names include Mandy, Molly and ecstasy, is an Class A synthetic drug that has both stimulant and hallucinogenic properties
MDMA used to be heavily associated with the party scene, in particular the British rave scene, and was most commonly used as a recreational drug. However, in more recent years, MDMA has appealed to a much broader spectrum of drug users.
Cocaine is a Class A drug that produces very powerful and almost immediate stimulant and euphoric effects. Cocaine is well known for its addictive properties and associated dangers.
The purity of cocaine is currently at an all time high. This has led to deaths associated with cocaine in the UK to rise every year for the past 7 years. In 2018, The Office for National Statistics (ONS) reported that Cocaine was responsible for 637 deaths in England and Wales (1)
MDMA, whilst considered a much less dangerous drug than Cocaine, was still responsible for 92 deaths in England and Wales in 2018. This is almost double the number recorded in the preceding 4 years, of 50 MDMA associated deaths in 2014 (2)
The consistent rise in deaths for both Cocaine and MDMA tells us that both drugs are being abused more frequently and that both drugs are now purer and more dangerous than ever before.
MDMA is predominantly used by the younger generation (16-24) year olds and is the third most commonly used drug after cannabis and cocaine (3)
Mixing both Cocaine and MDMA together, as opposed to using either alone, more than doubles your chances of suffering a drug related death. It also presents a large number of associated risks and dangers.
Both Cocaine and MDMA have stimulant properties and produce a very pronounced euphoric high. To some, this may seem like the ideal mix. However, many users report that the substances cancel each other out and only increase the risk of suffering harmful effects, especially to the heart.
Whilst the effects of cocaine can be felt almost immediately but are relatively short lived (approximately 15 to 30 minutes), MDMA takes around 35 to 45 minutes for its effects to be felt and lasts anything between 3 to 6 hours (4)
There are users who take both MDMA and Cocaine at the same time, simultaneously. By the time cocaine’s effects have worn off, the effects of MDMA start to be felt. Doing this is very dangerous in itself for a number of reasons. Mixing the two together becomes extremely lethal when users then start to bump cocaine as a top up to the effects of MDMA.
So what does mixing cocaine and ecstacy feel like? Mixing Cocaine and ecstacy, a user would hope to feel increased euphoric effects of both drugs. However, ecstasy’s effects tend to override cocaine’s effects, once it has kicked in. Many poly drug users report that taking both drugs together is a waste of time and a waste of drugs.
This begs the question – Why would someone take Cocaine and MDMA together? We can only answer this in respect of why a drug user would mix any drug with alcohol, prescription medications or another drug – They are seeking the ultimate high!
Whether or not a user achieves the high they are seeking, it is very much a case of experimentation; during which time they are putting their life at great risk.
Poly drug users (where individuals abuse more than one substance) are considered the drug users most likely to suffer from an overdose or adverse reaction.
Mixing cocaine with ANY drug, or with alcohol, has the potential to lead to disaster. Cocaine is already considered one of the most dangerous drugs available.
If you are taking cocaine or mixing cocaine with MDMA or with anything else, it is important to seek advice around harm reduction measures.
Whilst harm reduction measures still do not guarantee you will not overdose, it is better to be armed with as much information as possible.
There are also the long term health implications to consider. Even if you do not immediately suffer any adverse effects, the additional build up of toxins can only be considered a greater risk to your mental and physical health in the long run (5)
Mixing cocaine and MDMA together carries both short term/immediate risks and long-term health risks to the user. Both drugs have stimulant properties which puts the user at immediate risk of damage to the heart, other major organs and their mental health.
In addition to the short term immediate risks to a person’s health, mixing Cocaine and MDMA together can also cause long term damage both physically and mentally.
If you or a loved one have an addiction to Cocaine, MDMA or both, it is vital that you seek professional drug addiction treatment. Dual drug addictions and poly drug addictions are often complex to treat and difficult to withdraw from.
To help diminish and safely control the withdrawal symptoms of Cocaine mixed with MDMA, a full medical inpatient detox is recommended as the most effective course of treatment.
Following on from any drug detox, a comprehensive drug rehabilitation programme should then be undertaken in order to help the individual recover, heal and grow.
For more information on how Delamere’ s innovative and holistic approach to addiction treatment can help you or a loved one, call for a free and confidential addiction treatment assessment today.
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