Molly is the street name for a dangerous schedule I drug, 3, 4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA), which is a stimulant and has hallucinogenic effects on the user. Molly is a synthetic, or man-made, drug which has become popular, especially at electronic dance music (EDM) events in recent years. It has also gained notoriety in pop culture with references from performers like Jay Z, Madonna, Miley Cyrus, Lil Wayne, Nicki Manaj and Kanye West to name a few. About 2.8 million Americans have abused the drug over the past 10 years.
Molly Vs. Ecstasy
Molly is considered to be pure 3, 4-metheylenedioxymethamphetamine, unlike ecstasy, which is usually laced with other ingredients such as caffeine, methamphetamine, dextromethorphan (ingredient in some cough syrups), amphetamines, cocaine, ketamine, aspirin, talcum powder and Ritalin. Therefore, users believe that Molly is less dangerous than Ecstasy because of its purity.
Slang Names for Molly
Molly has a variety street names including:
- Love drug
- Lover’s speed
The drug comes in a pill, tablet, or capsule in a variety of colors, sometimes with cartoon-like images on them.
Signs and Symptoms of Using Molly
The euphoria and hallucinations are prime signs of a person using Molly. There is an immediate rise in blood pressure and pulse, which is acutely dangerous for a person with underlying cardiovascular disease. Other physical effects include:
- Uncontrolled muscle clenching, especially teeth clenching and eye twitching
- Dizziness and feeling faint
- Dry mouth
- Blurred vision
- Skin rash, which can indicate liver damage
- Body temperature spike
- Severe dehydration
- Heart or kidney failure
A visible reaction to the uncontrolled muscle clenching is a user chewing on a pacifier to relieve some of the tension. Psychological effects of being on Molly include:
- Sleep problems
- Depression is a latent effect, days or weeks after using Molly
- Flashbacks, panic attacks, psychosis and trouble with memory recall can be ensuing issues, especially in long-time users
How Long Does It Last?
The effects of Molly, both euphoric and the hallucinogenic, can last for several hours. Users feel irritable, confused, depressed and anxious as the drug wears off. The time schedule for MDMA spans about 6 hours. It includes:
- 15 minutes for the drug to enter the bloodstream and reach the brain
- 45 minutes to experience a high
- 3 to 6 hours is the duration of the hit of the drug
- 12 to 16 hours is the time the drug is in a user’s system
The psychological effects of Molly can last for several weeks after taking the drug. A recent study indicated that taking MDMA or Molly for four days could cause damage that lasts up to seven years. Like most drugs, there is a risk of overdose with Molly since the user needs to take more to maintain a high they crave.