What is PMA?

A synthetic hallucinogen. Chemically it is paramethoxyamphetamine.

What are the street names/slang terms for PMA?

Death, Mitsubishi Double Stack, often sold as Ecstasy.

What does it look like?

Sold in tablet, capsule and (rarely) powder form. PMA looks similar to Ecstasy and costs about the same.

How is it used?

PMA is typically taken orally in pill or capsule form. PMA powder, although uncommon, may be inhaled or injected.

What are its short-term effects?

Doses of less than 50 milligrams (usually one pill) causes symptoms like Ecstasy; increased breathing, body temperature, pulse rate and blood pressure, erratic eye movements, muscle spasms, nausea and heightened visual stimulation. Dosages over 60-80 mg (lower than those used regularly for Ecstasy) are considered potentially lethal. They can cause cardiac arrhythmia and arrest, breathing problems, pulmonary congestion, kidney failure, hypothermia, vomiting, convulsions, coma and death.

What are its long-term effects?


What is its federal classification?

Schedule I


Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)

Click on the link below to download the fact sheet for this drug:

PMA Fact Sheet (PDF)