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MOLLY: MDMA Making a Resurgence Under Another Name

“Molly” is a powder or crystal form of Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA), which a chemical used in a popular street drug named Ecstasy. Unlike Ecstasy though, Molly, which is short for molecule, is as close to pure MDMA as it gets. Ecstasy is combined with other ingredients like caffeine, methamphetamine, ephedrine (a stimulant), dextromethorphan (DXM, a cough suppressant that has PCP-like effects at high doses), ketamine (an anesthetic used mostly by veterinarians that also has PCP-like effects), and/or cocaine.

The DEA, Drug Enforcement Administration, considers MDMA a Schedule I controlled substance, which means it has no accepted use in medical treatment and a high potential for abuse. MDMA can cause confusion, anxiety, depression, paranoia, sleep problems, and drug craving. The drug also can cause

What are the Side Effects of MOLLY?

  • Muscle tension,
  • tremors,
  • involuntary teeth clenching,
  • muscle cramps,
  • nausea,
  • faintness,
  • chills,
  • sweating, and
  • blurred vision

Higher doses of Molly (MDMA) typically inhibit the ability to control body temperature, which ultimate results in sudden increases of body temperature, which leads to the following; liver, kidney and cardiovascular failure. In addition, when the Molly is taken it is typically under crowded, hot conditions, like dance clubs and the combination of these drugs can lead to severe dehydration.

Is Molly Addictive?

Nearly sixty percent of people who use Molly (MDMA) have reported withdrawal symptoms, which included fatigue, loss of appetite, depressed feelings, and trouble concentrating.

National Institute on Drug Abuse 

U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration