German researchers conducted a new study that’s linked ecstasy usage to memory loss. Ecstasy, also known as MDMA, is an entactogenic drug that has been said to cause feelings of euphoria and also relieve anxiety. Use of the drug can easily develop into substance abuse.
Researchers followed 100 ecstasy users for a year and found that they didn’t perform well on tests. Dr. Daniel Wagner said that memory loss is most evident in associative memory. For example, a user is most likely to forget where they have placed something. Dr. Wagner told ABCNews: “Given the relatively small amounts of MDMA (ecstasy) that were used, and given the relatively short time period of one year, we were quite surprised at these specific effects.”
Dr. Stephan Ross, director of Addiction Psychiatry at New York University’s Tisch Hospital, said the results from the study didn’t come as a surprise, because they are similar to a study conducted in 2007. He also noted that the German study shouldn’t be taken too seriously as the researchers didn’t use any brain imaging to confirm long-term memory loss. Ross also pointed out there are other things that could cause the memory loss so, “[this] study doesn’t necessarily rule out the fact that other things caused this.”
Whether or not ecstasy causes memory loss or not, it shouldn’t be taken for any reason. However, there are many people – even celebrities – who have admitted to using the drug. In a 2009 article from USWeekly, Lady Gaga admitted to using ecstasy, saying, “My schedule is such that I don’t get very much time to eat. But I certainly don’t have an eating problem. A little MDMA once in a while never killed anybody, but I really don’t do drugs.”
Well Lady Gaga, according to this study, ecstasy can have damaging effects on your memory, so even a” little MDMA” is far too much.