Resource person: Athulya K

Assistant Professor        

Department Of Biochemistry                                                                                  

      A CME on ‘MDMA- ECSTASY’ was conducted by Ms. ATHULYA K, Assistant Professor , Department Of Biochemistry on 22-09-2022 at 3.00 pm to 4.00 pm in ASPS seminar hall.

This seminar focused on scientific and political side of MDMA. Ecstasy is a widely used recreational drug that usually consists primarily of 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA). Most ecstasy users consume other substances as well, which complicates the interpretation of research in this field. The positively rated effects of MDMA consumption include euphoria, arousal, enhanced mood, increased sociability, and heightened perceptions; some common adverse reactions are nausea, headache, tachycardia, bruxism, and trismus. Lowering of mood is an aftereffect that is sometimes reported from 2 to 5 days after a session of ecstasy use. The acute effects of MDMA in ecstasy users have been attributed primarily to increased release and inhibited reuptake of serotonin (5-HT) and norepinephrine, along with possible release of the neuropeptide oxytocin. Repeated or high-dose MDMA/ecstasy use has been associated with tolerance, depressive symptomatology, and persisting cognitive deficits, particularly in memory tests.

This session was inaugurated by Mr.Sreejith M Nair, Principal of ASPS. Ms. Nila Suresh Assistant Professor Department of Biochemistry delivered the welcome address and the vote of thanks was proposed by Mr.Benjo Chalissery,Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology.

More than 120 participants including students and staffs attended the session.