The effects of ecstasy are usually felt 30-45 minutes after ingestion. Once in your system, the user experience will last from 4-6 hours or longer depending on the dosage.
The half-life of ecstasy (AKA MDMA) is around 8 hours, meaning it takes 8 hours for half of the drug to be eliminated from the drug stream. Because it takes around 5 half-lives for the drug to be completely cleared from the body, MDMA can persist in the user’s system for up to 40 hours. This may also be the reason why some users report feeling the effects of ecstasy for days on end.
When being drug tested it’s important to know what drugs may show up on your panel. Depending on the type of drug test you are taking, the detectability of ecstasy/MDMA will vary.
Different Types of Drug Tests and Detection Windows
The type of drug testing used notably affects ecstasy detection in your system. MDMA in our bodily fluids can get flushed out in as fast as three days. However, trace amounts of MDMA can get into your hair and remain detectable for up to three months after your last known use.
MDMA can be detected in your urine as fast as 25 minutes after drug intake, especially at high doses. However, it usually only remains detectable for around two to four days, depending on your fluid intake and metabolism.
Blood tests have a similar detection window as urine tests. MDMA or ecstasy typically remains in our bloodstream for one to two days after intake. It can be detected as early as 45 minutes after ingestion, which is also when the drug starts to take effect.
Ecstasy remains detectable in your saliva for up to two days. When ingested orally, the drug can be detected within mere minutes of drug use.
Hair drug tests typically have the longest detection windows. For MDMA or ecstasy, the drug can remain in your hair fibers for up to three months. The growth rate of hair, which is usually around one centimeter or 0.39 inch per month, can also provide insight to when you last took the drug.
On the other hand, hair testing cannot detect the drug immediately after ingestion, as it takes longer for the trace amounts of MDMA to reach the hair follicles via your blood vessels.
It is important to remember that MDMA is one of the most restricted substances in the country. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration classifies MDMA as a Schedule I drug due to its harmful health consequences, lack of accepted medical use, and high potential for abuse. In many cases, MDMA abuse has led to addiction, overdose, and even death.
What Is MDMA?
MDMA is a popular recreational drug that rose to fame in the 80s. It’s a synthetic illegal drug that’s popular among adolescents and young adults, particularly those who frequent night clubs.
MDMA is a stimulant and psychedelic. People use the drug to chase the euphoric and energizing feeling it produces.
Today, it is used by many people in a wide variety of settings, despite being an illegal drug. It’s generally sold in tablet form, often in a plain white color — though more colorful pastel versions have become increasingly more common. It may also be distributed and used in capsule, powder, or liquid form.
The drug goes by many other names: ecstasy, molly, beans, eve, peace, disco biscuit — the list goes on. However, regardless of what you call it or what form you prefer, MDMA’s effects and the length that it stays in your system remain the same.
MDMA Onset and Duration of Effect
The total time that MDMA stays in your system is not equivalent to its onset or duration of effect. This means that even if MDMA can still be detected in your hair for months or in your urine for four days, its effects will have long since passed.
In general, the drug’s onset of effect starts at around 45 minutes after oral ingestion and a bit earlier if taken intranasally (snorting). If you ingest ecstasy on an empty stomach, it’s possible to start feeling the effects within 15 minutes.
The effects of MDMA — particularly the euphoria — start to wane after around three to six hours. However, many of the negative effects of the drug, such as irritability and anxiety, can last up to several days after your last drug use.
Can You Flush Out MDMA Faster?
It isn’t possible to forcibly flush out MDMA faster. Individuals who have better overall health and faster metabolism may be able to naturally break down the drug faster. However, drinking water in hopes of flushing out the drug from your system does not work.
Instead of helping you expel the drug out of your body, doing so only increases your risk of water intoxication. Exercising doesn’t work either, as it only increases your risk of dehydration and excess liquid consumption.
If you want to help a loved one recover from MDMA use or ecstasy addiction, it is best to contact a trusted addiction treatment facility like Ohana. Our compassionate staff will aid them every step of the way, from withdrawal to their transition back into society.