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What are Moon Rocks?

Written by Shannon Weir, RN | Updated on Jan 28, 2023

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Medically reviewed by Dr. Patrick J. Gallus, DO

Moon Rocks is a slang term for the drug methylenedioxy-methamphetamine (MDMA), otherwise known as Ecstasy or Molly. It is a crystallized form of MDMA that is a popular party drug often used at concerts or raves. It has hallucinogenic properties and affects the brain by giving the user an increased sense of energy and elation. It is an illegal street drug that can lead to very dangerous health complications. This drug is typically sold in capsule form and taken orally. Some people will take it in combination with other drugs or alcohol to increase the high. This can increase the chance of potential health problems.

How Do Moon Rocks Affect the Brain and Body?

This drug affects three primary chemicals in the brain by increasing their activity. These chemicals include dopamine, norepinephrine, and serotonin. Dopamine plays a role in how the body experiences pleasure. Norepinephrine affects heart rate and blood pressure. Serotonin affects a wide range of other mental and bodily processes such as sleep, appetite, sex drive and an individual’s mood. A person who uses Moon Rocks may continue to feel its effects for up to six hours after one dose.

Physical side effects during use can include but are not limited to:

  • Nausea
  • Blurred vision
  • Muscle cramping
  • Chills
  • Excessive sweating

An individual may continue to experience physical side effects for as long as a week after taking this drug. These side effects could include:

  • Anxiety and/or depression
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Decreased appetite
  • Changes in sex drive
  • Memory and focus issues
  • Irritability

If an individual used Moon Rocks in combination with other drugs, these side effects will likely be heightened in the days following their initial dose. Sometimes people will take a second dose of this drug with the intention of experiencing stronger effects. This increases the possible dangerous side effects they could experience.

In some cases, this drug will cause a person’s body temperature to rise to dangerous levels. It can also lead to heart, kidney, or liver failure. It is important to note that there is no safe way of using Moon Rocks. Even using this drug just once can lead to potential death.

Another major danger of using this drug is that it can often be laced with other dangerous substances. A person may not know the full extent of what they are ingesting or what kind of effects it may have on their body. Some of these substances may interact badly together.

Are They Addictive?

Moon Rocks are not always addictive but can be for some people. Some individuals who frequently use this drug may experience withdrawal side effects if they suddenly stop taking it. During withdrawal, the body is trying to reach a new level of homeostasis.

These withdrawal symptoms could include:

  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Fatigue
  • Depression or anxiety
  • Loss of Appetite
  • Trouble focusing

How Can Using Moon Rocks Them Affect One’s Personal Life?

In addition to causing mental and physical side effects, Moon Rocks frequently can lead to a large number of issues in one’s personal life. They may begin struggling to fulfill their responsibilities at work or school. Their grades could suffer or they could experience job loss. They may lose the trust of those close to them or struggle in their relationships.

How Can I Help a Loved One Who Is Addicted?

Watching someone struggle with addiction is painful and challenging, especially if they are not willing to take the necessary steps to get better. Someone using Moon Rocks may not be fully aware of the risks they are potentially facing. It is for this reason that they must educate themselves regarding possible side effects and serious health complications this drug can lead to. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration offers a national helpline that is available 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. They offer a wide variety of different resources and can help guide you in your effort to help your loved one.

How Do I Get Treatment for Moon Rocks?

If you are addicted to Moon Rocks and are ready to seek help, it is important to contact your doctor and inform them of your condition. They will be able to provide resources and offer any referrals you may need for medical centers. Depending upon your unique circumstance, medical detox may be necessary. Due to possible life-threatening side effects, it is best to do this under 24/7 medical supervision. During this time your body will be rid of the drug and any withdrawal symptoms will be properly managed.

Moon Rocks are a party drug that many individuals, particularly young people, are using to experience a rush of energy and a pleasurable high. This drug is highly dangerous because it can lead to life-threatening symptoms. In fact, one-time users have lost their lives to this drug. Using Moon Rocks in combination with other drugs or alcohol increases the risk of possible complications. An individual can experience unpleasant side effects as long as a week after taking one dose of this drug. Long-term use can lead to a variety of major issues such as heart, liver, or kidney failure.

If you or someone you know is addicted to moon rocks, help is available. At Gallus Medical Detox Center, we offer a wide variety of resources and detox options to fit your needs. If you are ready to take the first step towards recovery, contact us at (720) 669-8178. We can help and we want to start today.

Shannon Weir, RN

Shannon Weir, RN is the Chief Nursing Officer at Gallus Medical Detox Centers. She has been a Registered Nurse for 30 years, Shannon’s experience ranges from critical care to flight nursing, medical detox, sexual assault exams, and SWAT nursing. Shannon has been with Gallus Medical Detox Centers since 2010 and is a vital part of our organization.

Last medically reviewed on April 20, 2021

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