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Orange Tesla Ecstasy Pills: A New Club Drug

Jennifer Cousineau MSCP, LPCI, NCC

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Jennifer Cousineau MSCP, LPCI, NCC

January 25, 2019

Orange Tesla Ecstasy is a new form of ecstasy that contains approximately twice the amount of MDMA than regular ecstasy. This can lead to very dangerous effects to an individual’s health, especially if they are unaware of how potent this form of ecstasy is.

Ecstasy: A Background

Traditionally, ecstasy was a substance used at all-night dance parties in clubs, as reported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), however, they further elaborate, telling us that this use is now more widespread. Ecstasy is a synthetic substance which is comparable in composition to both hallucinogens and stimulants. It produces feelings of euphoria, greater energy, emotional warmth, and a distortion of time and sensory perception. Ecstasy can be taken in pill or capsule form, and may even be snorted or taken as a liquid. People who take ecstasy may also use it in accompaniment with other substances, such as marijuana or alcohol.

How Ecstasy Affects The Brain And Body

According to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), ecstasy works to increase three chemicals in the brain, resulting in the following changes:

  • Dopamine — Increased levels of this neurotransmitter result in feelings of euphoria and heightened energy.
  • Norepinephrine — These changes are responsible for an elevated heart rate and blood pressure, which is especially worrisome for those who have existing cardiovascular concerns.
  • Serotonin — This chemical affects mood, appetite, sleep and other functions. This increase is likely responsible for the feelings of emotional closeness and empathy that accompany this drug use.

In addition to these changes in your neurochemistry, ecstasy may affect your overall health by causing:

  • Blurred vision
  • Chills
  • Nausea
  • Muscle cramping
  • Involuntary teeth clenching
  • Sweating

Because the effects of ecstasy only last approximately three to six hours, individuals may take a second dose before the influence of the first has a chance to fade. This further compounds the dangers of this drug, some of which can cause serious, and even life-threatening side effects.

NIDA continues to tell us that higher doses of ecstasy can raise your body’s temperature in a capacity that may, in some instances, cause organ failure, specifically that of the kidneys, liver, or heart, which may prove fatal. Additionally, ecstasy’s propensity for creating a sense of confidence and closeness with others may lead to unsafe sexual practices, which can increase the odds of hepatitis or HIV/AIDS transmission, and unintended pregnancy. According to Mayo Clinic, ecstasy can also cause extreme, and sometimes fatal cases of hyponatremia, a condition that occurs when your body’s sodium levels drop too low. Lastly, it is important to note that anytime you combine a drug with another drug, as is a common practice with ecstasy, the risks increase even more.

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Orange Tesla Ecstasy: What You Need To Know

In a news article posted by The Drive news webpage, anti-drug organizations have issued a recent warning about ecstasy pills with the Tesla logo. Orange tesla pills are orange in color and are formed in the shape of a shield. This specific drug use is prevalent at festivals and raves (often held in clubs) because the pill glows under a blacklight, a quality which is believed to make the pill easier to find if it is dropped or lost.

Orange tesla contains approximately twice the amount of MDMA compared to the other pill forms individuals usually take to achieve a “high.” As found by The Drive, tesla forms of ecstasy have been common in current decades, but this new form has seen an increase in usage due to the higher potency. As reported by Mixmag, orange tesla pills contain 240 mg of MDMA, while other forms generally contain 125-130 mg.

To increase drug safety awareness, The Loop, a non-profit drug safety organization, has been spreading the message on social media. They’re urging individuals taking tesla to be extremely wary of this pill, and to take a decreased dosage. Remember, any drug, in any quantity, even a lesser dose, exposes the user to risks. A completely drug-free life is the only way to truly ensure that you are safe from these dangers.

Ecstasy: The Epidemic

According to NIDA, a study conducted in 2004 found that more than 11 million people in the United States have tried MDMA at least once. One glaring danger about this illicit drug use is the fact that many people wrongly believe that it is a safe drug to take. An unfortunate number of people who take ecstasy believe it is not addictive, and, when taken in small enough dosages, that it is not harmful.

Although findings vary on the subject of whether or not ecstasy can cause addiction, according to NIDA, research has confirmed that people who are affected by the long-term use of ecstasy may experience severe health problems, including cognitive deficits (memory problems).

One of the greater risks associated with taking ecstasy is that it may be sold to individuals who do not realize it contains substances other than MDMA, one example being bath salts. These components can be harmful when ingested, especially if the person taking ecstasy is unaware that the pill contains these additional chemicals.

Even without a clear answer about the possibility of addiction, damage to your long-term memory and effects on overall health (such as those mentioned above) can be harmful to people affected by the use of ecstasy, and illicit use of a pill which causes such effects cannot be ignored.

Finding Answers

Some people go to clubs and festivals often. It is something many people, adults and teens alike, do to relax and have a break from everyday life. This, in and of itself is not a bad thing, however, it could be all too easy to get involved in the moment and take a pill offered in easy company, without considering the dangers you are opening yourself up to. In the case of ecstasy, particularly orange Tesla, this decision could be very harmful to your health and well-being. If that pill is mixed with a substance that could be harmful to your body, like bath salts, the results could be disastrous.

Do not be a part of the ecstasy epidemic. While ecstasy may or may not be addictive, it can have serious effects on your health. If you or someone you know takes ecstasy on a regular basis, or in any capacity, we can help you overcome this harmful use. Contact us to seek answers about your health, or any other concerns pertaining to substance abuse and addiction.

Drug Enforcement Administration - Drug of Abuse: Ecstasy/MDMA

Mixmag - A Warning About Orange ‘Tesla’ Pills Has Been Issued

National Institute on Drug Abuse - DrugFacts: MDMA (Ecstasy/Molly)

National Institute on Drug Abuse - MDMA (Ecstasy) Abuse

The Drive - Dangerous Tesla-Branded Pills Are Showing Up At Raves

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