Kim K Just Blamed Ecstasy For Her Sex Tape And Her First Marriage—But Is That Legit?

Let’s be real for a minute: Kim Kardashian isn’t exactly a role model—but still, when she revealed she’d dabbled in ecstasy back in the day, fans were…shocked (as was her sister Kendall Jenner).

Kim dropped the ecstasy bomb in the latest episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians, when she divulged her “wild phase” to Kendall.

“I got married on ecstasy…the first time,” Kim said on the show of her 2000 marriage to music producer Damon Thomas. “I did ecstasy once and I got married,” she continued. “I did it again, I made a sex tape. Like, everything bad would happen.”

Yep, Kim’s talking about that sex tape (made in 2003 with singer Ray J)—adding that she thought everyone knew she was high during it. “Like, my jaw was shaking the whole time,” she said.

Hold on—give me a primer on ecstasy real quick.

So, ecstasy (a.k.a., MDMA or Molly) is a synthetic drug that alters your mood and perception, per the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). “Chemically, ecstasy looks like a cross between [the stimulant] amphetamine and [the hallucinogen] mescaline,” says Jamie Alan, Ph.D., an assistant professor of pharmacology and toxicology at Michigan State University.

As with most drugs, effects are dependent on dose, how the user takes it (usually in a pill, but it also comes in liquid or powder form), and how long and how much they’re taking, she says.

“Low doses typically cause many of the ‘desired effects’ like an increase in wakefulness, euphoria, arousal, increased sensory perception, a feeling of ‘closeness’ to people, and extroversion,” Alan says. “At higher doses, it can cause an increase in muscle tension, an increase in body temperature, thirst, insomnia, hallucinations, panic attacks, and a feeling of restlessness.”

Also, yes, it can make someone’s jaw shake. “It is common for the jaw to shake or clench,” Alan says. “This is a result of the amphetamine-like effects of this drug. A fair number of users report this adverse effect.”

While ecstasy’s effects usually last three to six hours, per NIDA, side effects can continue for a week following use of the drug—including irritability, depression, and sleep problems. Long-term users can suffer from memory loss, psychiatric issues, muscle aches, jaw clenching, teeth grinding, and an increase in blood pressure, Alan says. And, it can also have even more serious side effects like kidney and liver toxicity and death.

So wait…can ecstasy make you do something you wouldn’t normally do, like get married or make a sex tape?

“Absolutely,” says Alan. “Ecstasy can impair one’s judgment, alter mood, and cause sensory alterations, all of which can lead to poor decision making.”

Pair that with ecstasy’s effects on the brain chemical serotonin, which can make you feel emotional closeness, elevated mood, and empathy, and well, that’s a recipe for wedding bells (or, you know, a sex tape).

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