Regulation of cannabis in Québec
Further the federal government’s decision to legalize cannabis and to the bill tabled on April 13, 2017, the Government of Québec has tabled a bill in the fall of 2017. For more information go to encadrementcannabis.gouv.qc.ca/en/ .
MDMA, commonly known as ecstasy, is a synthetic drug composed of chemical molecules produced in clandestine labs. MDMA is an amphetamine derivative. However, the synthesis process alters the original amphetamine molecule so significantly that it loses a part of its stimulant effect and gains hallucinogenic properties. It is for this reason that MDMA falls into 2 categories of drugs: stimulants and hallucinogens.
MDMA can be mixed with other substances:
When using a synthetic drug such as MDMA, you can never be sure what you are actually consuming. Therefore, you might:
This effect can be dangerous, even toxic.
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MDMA can be mixed with other substances, such as amphetamines, hallucinogens, analgesics, anabolic agents or PCP (mescaline). The PCP mixture is the most dangerous.
MDMA can also be cut with substances that may be toxic. You do not actually know what you are using.
Like amphetamines, MDMA has a stimulant effect, albeit less intense. Generally, the effects include:
When the euphoria wears off, depression often sets in and may or may not last, depending on the person.
Using MDMA can lead to various types of problems:
In case of overdose, MDMA can cause:
Frequent and sustained use of MDMA can cause psychological dependence, which means that you need to take the drug more often in order to feel better about yourself, relax, calm down, feel stimulated or have the courage to face problems.
To learn more, read the Addiction section of Problems Associated with Alcohol Consumption and Drug Use.
Driving under the influence of alcohol and other drugs is illegal and may cause accidents. The same applies to synthetic drugs. To learn more, consult the Société de l’assurance automobile du Québec website .
Possession of synthetic drugs is illegal. Simply possessing a small quantity can lead to fines and a criminal record. These consequences also apply to people younger than 18. To learn more, consult the Éducaloi website .
Last update: July 21, 2017 10:01 AM
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