MDMA The Drug Known As Molly

molly-mdmaOften classified as a “club” or “designer” drug, MDMA, also known as “Molly” has been around for decades. It wasn’t until the late 1990s, when it became the drug of choice in nightclubs and electronic dance music scenes, that it’s popularity began to skyrocket. It’s no coincidence that emergency rooms and healthcare professionals began, around this same time, to confront more and more people who had overdosed on the psychoactive substance.

Originally created in 1912 by a chemist at the pharmaceutical company Merck, methylenedioxy-methamphetamine (MDMA) saw it’s first applications by a small set of psychotherapists in the late 70’s and early 80’s. Because MDMA makes users feel uninhibited, researchers believed the compound might have some therapeutic benefits. However, by 1985 the drug received a Schedule I classification from the federal government, meaning that authorities believe the drug has no accepted medical use.

The name Molly comes from a derivative of “molecule”.

Street Names

MDMA goes by several different street names, including:

Ecstasy or E

XTC or X

Molly in the U.S.

Mandy in the UK

What is Molly The Drug?

Generally coming in pill or powder form, users either ingest or inhale the drug. The chemical makeup of MDMA causes neurotransmitters to flood the brain with serotonin, norepinephrine and dopamine. These chemicals bring about feelings of euphoria, increased sociability, a sense of inner peace, mild hallucinations and enhanced sensation, perception or sexuality.

Generally coming in pill or powder form, users either ingest or inhale the drug. The chemical makeup of MDMA causes neurotransmitters to flood the brain with serotonin, norepinephrine and dopamine. These chemicals bring about feelings of euphoria, increased sociability, a sense of inner peace, mild hallucinations and enhanced sensation, perception or sexuality.

MDMA has become a popular drug, in part because of the positive effects that a person may experience within an hour or so after taking a single dose. Those effects include feelings of mental stimulation, emotional warmth, empathy toward others, a general sense of well-being, and decreased anxiety. In addition, users report enhanced sensory perception as a hallmark of the MDMA experience.

Possible Side Effects From Using The Drug Molly

The adverse effects of MDMA can be significant and even fatal, especially in crowded, overheated places, such as all night dance parties known as raves. Even with authorities on high alert at these events, two teenage girls fatally overdosed in August of 2015, at a music festival in Pomona, California. While overdose rates on MDMA aren’t as high as other narcotics, there are still reports of deaths due to abuse of the drug every year.

Short-term

  • confusion

  • sleep problems

  • depression

  • tension

  • anxiety

  • poor judgement

  • cunvulsions

The immediate dangers of taking MDMA include:

Hyperthermia, overheating the body which can lead to liver failure

Dehydration

Intense sweating and perspiration

Teeth grinding

Increased heart rate and blood pressure

Nausea and vomiting

Because MDMA depletes the brain from so many endorphins and creates a lack of serotonin, individuals who have consumed the substance over the weekend can experience anxiety and depression days after using it. The nickname for this is “suicide Tuesdays.” Other uncomfortable symptoms than can last from a few days to a week are:

Insomnia

Loss of appetite

Restlessness

Memory loss

Irritability

Testing for MDMA Molly Purity

The pop culture acceptance and promotion of MDMA in music and film, it’s reputation as a party drug, has created a dangerous demand, which generally results in users consuming less than pure MDMA. Even test centers, which are more and more common at music festivals, cannot identify bulking agents, such as lactose, or other drugs that MDMA might be cut with. They can only inform users as to whether the MDMA is pure or not. It’s then up to the individual whether to take the drug or not.

Molly MDMA Addiction & Treatment

The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that while studies have shown varying levels of physical addiction to MDMA, symptoms of psychological dependence can be nearly as damaging. One reason for the dependence is tolerance. Individuals have to take more of the drug to experience the same high, and many continue to consume it even after acknowledging the physical and psychological harm they’re causing themselves.

Treatment for MDMA dependency can be effective using cognitive behavioral therapies, which helps those recovering to modify their actions and thought processes. One on one counseling and group therapy are also useful tools for getting to the underlying causes such as depression or trauma that might be causing self-destructive behavior. As with any treatment and recovery from drugs or alcohol, patience, understanding and support can help individuals move to a happier, healthier and sober lifestyle.

 

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About the author

Robert M. has been in recovery since 1988. He is a sponsor and loyal member of AA. He has been working in the drug and alcohol field for nearly 20 years. During that time, he has written industry blogs and articles for a variety of industry websites including Transitions, Malibu Horizons, Behavioral Health of the Palm Beaches and Lifeskills of Boca Raton.