Ecstacy first became popular in the late 1980's with the advent of house music and raves. It was seen as a 'happy drug' and clubbers liked it because it made them have a heightened sense of music and sound, made them want to dance for hours and also made them seem to love everyone around them. Ecstacy's medical name is 3,4 methylene-dioxymethamphetamine or MDMA and it comes in tablets with pictures stamped on it. MDMA tells your brain to flood itself with massive amounts of serotonin, the natural chemical which keeps you happy. You get a big rush of happiness and uncontrolled love for everyone. This lasts between 3 to 6 hours, then your tanks are empty and you feel grotty for a week while your brain makes some more seretonin. Ecstacy is almost always mixed with other things before it is turned into the pills people buy - this can be anything: aspirin, sleeping pills, speed, dog worming pills and a lot else besides. This is a major problem as you don't know what is in the tablet until you have taken it. E needs to be made in a laboratory but the process of making it can easily go wrong, and can produce some other nasty chemicals which severely damage your brain.
Amazing fact: Many recent top club tunes were programmed to sound better on Ecstacy.