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MDMA Loss of Magic
reduced empathogenic effects, worse crash and hangover after repeated use
by Erowid
v1.1 - June 23, 2019 (1.0 - Jun 16, 2000)
Citation:   Erowid Eds. "MDMA Loss of Magic". Erowid.org. Jun 16 2000. Online edition: Erowid.org/chemicals/mdma/mdma_effects_lossofmagic1.shtml
Many users of MDMA report that their enjoyment of MDMA seems to decrease with total lifetime usage. Some users report that E 'loses its magic' with as few as 10 experiences, while others have reported hundreds of uses before the empathic qualities disappear. Explanations for this "loss of magic" effect are the subject of heated debates, but whatever the cause it appears to be the case that most users of MDMA voluntarily stop taking it somewhere between 10 and 50 total uses. This does not appear to be true for all users, however, with many users reporting that they have not experienced any decrease in quality of the experience despite dozens or even hundreds of uses.

Most users stop taking E because of either an increased awareness or an actual increase in negative side effects during use, a reduced quality of the high, and increases in the post-MDMA depression and day after hangover.

Additionally, most users report that when using more than once a month, they need to increase the dosage in order to get the positive effects of MDMA, which further increases the side effects and hangover effects.

  • Hangover & Loss of Magic Comments
  • MDMA FAQ on repeated use
  • Experience Reports categorized as including "loss of magic" effect
  • Roll Safe.org's Survey about Loss of Magic (2017)


  • If you've taken MDMA 10 or more times and would like to comment on the "loss of magic" topic, please use the experience report submission form.


    When commenting on the loss of magic effect in 1997, author Nicholas Saunders remarked that some people report being able to recapture the original feeling by taking it with someone who has not.
    "Another observation is that the good experience can sometimes be relived when taken with someone who has not lost the ability."
    -- Nicholas Saunders (3/97)