I have had pure mdma a few times that was tested and true. Dancesafe is a site that sells testing kits, and they went around the country testing supposed mdma at raves and clubs all over the country. THeir results after thousands of tests of street drugs here in the USA... "0" real mdma. That goes to show that the average pill that consumers get here in the USA is way more than likely some bath salt like pseudo drug, and there are a lot of them. It sure would be nice if it was all real like it is in the Netherlands. Much of the pure stuff that IS out there comes from labs in the Netherlands I just read a while back. The pure mdma shards I had looked like broken car window glass. While I had a source for this good stuff I bought it three times.
The effects of these experiences overall were very understated as Rutger Hauer said. You could take more and get off pretty good, with some cool mild visual effects and dance for hours but for me it was more of an enhancement of the evening, and left me comfortable and approachable with a great smiley attitude, that night anyhow. It was an amazing additive to an acid trip, but when I did them together I did not get the beautiful after effects that I usually get from just LSD. After LSD I am happy and ready to attack the day for a couple of weeks, and it is a real reinforcement to my work load and leaves me happy all the way around. The next day after mixing the two I would be down and unhappy to go to work the next week. Big difference.
All in all I was glad to get it and glad for the experience, but knowing the reliability of street drugs here in the USA I would probably not get any more unless that same guy was to call me again and offer me more of that pure stuff that was tested and true.
To me, extacy is nowhere near the hype, and to get near that level will leave you burnt out for days and really not worth it. Like someone said people are using way to much of it if they are getting that orgasmic about it.
MDA is as you guys describe, also referred to as Sass... It is easier to make and can be done without the chemistry chops needed for mdma... There is a lot of MDA in the US including the Midwest, East Coast, etc... It will often look like big crystal chunks or glass shards... The MDA is more psychadelic but you dont roll as hard.
MDMA is much hard to find in the US. I have not seen it nearly as often. When I have found it, it often has a similar appearence to the MDA though it is more of a tan or clear color rather than the brown hues of Sass... I have also seen purple Sass... There are several different methods of making this stuff which will result in a product with a slightly different appearance. I have seen pure white MDMA that was a powder almost like snow and I have seen the shardy stuff, both were fantastic... I have even seen bleached sass where someone was attempting to pass it off as MDMA to increase profit margins.
The true MDMA I have had has been fantastic. I have had stuff that had me rolling back into my seat and rolling around the floor with a cute little lady... The MDA has not been as mind blowing, though it has put me into a great mood and has made me super social while at shows, etc...
Listening to the anecdotes of people on this site, it seems that certain things have been more accessible to me over the years than many of the other memebers. Just an indication of how different social circles result in a different life experience.