A recent study conducted by Luke Downy, the lead researcher from the Swinburne University of Technology, has concludes that heavy usage of MDMA, or ecstasy, can lead to abnormally higher levels of stress. Researchers gathered evidence by studying 61 participants and categorizing them by usage. Heavy users, light users and a control group who took no MDMA were tested and over the course of three months, users were recorded by the cortisol levels in their hair.

Cortisol is a stress hormone that we all produce in our bodies and interestingly it is deposited in our hair,” Downey said.

Heavy users were found to have higher cortisol levels in comparison to light users and the control group. Surprisingly, cortisol levels in light users didn’t show any increase and were at the same rate as participants who didn’t take the drug at all.

It’s essential to recognize the amount of work your body has to perform when taking any kind of drug and we certainly don’t advocate using drugs, but if you are going to take MDMA or ecstasy, it’s better to do so in moderation.