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  • Molly (3,4-methyl​enedioxy​methamphetamine) is a common name for a powerful synthetic drug derived from methamphetamine. Molly is also known as ecstasy or MDMA. It causes a euphoric high when taken, along with feelings of excitement and some hallucinogenic effects.

    Molly is the crystalline powder form of MDMA that’s sold in capsules. It may also be mixed with other potent substances, including other dangerous synthetic drugs.

    What Is Molly?

    “Molly” is a powdered form of MDMA sold in gelatin capsules. The pure MDMA powder itself is usually light gray or white. Molly is a feel-good drug that comes in many different color capsules, increasing its appeal and marketability.

    MDMA is a popular drug among young adults, especially for people looking for increased enjoyment at social events. Over the years, MDMA and its different forms have gained a reputation as “party drugs,” taken at nightclubs, dance parties, music festivals, and raves.

    Molly is both an illicit drug and a synthetic drug. It affects both the body and mind, sometimes in dangerous ways.

    Adverse Side Effects Of Molly

    Taking molly increases the amounts of several neurotransmitters in the brain, including dopamine, norepinephrine, and serotonin. 

    These chemicals raise blood pressure, heart rate, body temperature, and mood. “Rolling” on ecstasy/molly often causes feelings of increased trust, excitement, and alertness.

    Adverse effects of molly include:

    • nausea
    • sweating
    • panic attacks
    • overheating and low sodium levels, which can be life-threatening
    • constant teeth clenching
    • altered perceptions of your environment

    Molly usually wears off after about 3 to 6 hours.

    Coming Down From Molly

    The effects of MDMA often last for about a week after the drug is taken. During this time, people will often experience tiredness, decreased appetite, problems concentrating, and depressive symptoms.

    Molly can permanently affect your body temperature in the long-term, which can be fatal.

    Risks Of Illicit Club Drugs

    Drugs bought off the street may have other dangerous substances or adulterants mixed in with them. It can be hard for a buyer to determine the purity of an illegally bought bag of drugs. 

    Even though molly has been called a “purer” version of MDMA, supplies of molly seized by law enforcement often have other substances mixed in.

    Bath Salts

    Synthetic cathinones, also known as “bath salts,” are often found or sold with “pure” molly. These bath salts are known to cause increased aggression, psychosis, agitation, and other forms of violent behavior. 

    A person taking molly may not know they are also taking bath salts and may ingest large amounts without knowing.

    Other Dangerous Adulterants

    Cocaine, methamphetamine, and PCP or “angel dust” are other drugs that can be mixed with molly. Taking these drugs together, especially in high amounts, can be dangerous.

    Treating Molly Abuse

    Synthetic drugs like ecstasy/molly are extremely potent and dangerous, especially when taken in high doses. All forms of illicit synthetic drug use are also forms of substance abuse.

    Molly and MDMA share effects with drugs such as LSD, methamphetamine, and opiates. Despite its popularity, Molly is an illegal drug that comes with a number of risks. While MDMA use is dangerous, treatment options are available.

    Molly or MDMA abuse is often treated with psychotherapy, group therapy, peer support, and other evidence-based services.

    To learn more about how we treat molly abuse and addiction, please contact us today.

    Written by Ark Behavioral Health Editorial Team
    ©2024 Ark National Holdings, LLC. | All Rights Reserved.
    This page does not provide medical advice.

    National Institute on Drug Abuse - Commonly Used Drugs Charts | National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
    National Institute on Drug Abuse - MDMA (Ecstasy or Molly) Drug Facts, Effects | NIDA for Teens
    National Institute on Drug Abuse - What is MDMA? | National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
    United States Drug Enforcement Administration - Drug Fact Sheet: Bath Salts - DEA

    Medically Reviewed by
    Lauren Weinand, M.D.
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