What Is Molly, MDMA or Ecstasy?
What is Molly or Esctacy? The slang for the illegal synthetic drug, also known as MDMA. It is a stimulant, and it causes a high with feelings of euphoria, love, intense emotional warmth, and intimacy. It can also cause heart attacks, seizures, brain hemorrhages, kidney failure, and death. The real name for Molly (MDMA) is 3/4 methylenedioxypyrovalerone.
Molly has been around since 1914 when it was first introduced as an appetite suppressant. And over a century later, it is still relevant and effective, appearing in lots of pop culture songs. Like in Miley Cyrus’s song ‘We Can’t Stop,’ ‘Dancing with Miley,’ and even in the hit song by Jay-Z and Alicia Keys, ‘Empire State of Mind,’ there’s a line that says, ‘MDMA, you got you feeling like a champion.’ And of course, there’s that Future song ‘Mask Off’ where he’s talking about ‘Percocet, Molly, Percocet,’ which also gets into the fact that a lot of times Molly is mixed with other drugs. With this recent Jussie Smollett scandal, it has been alleged (I don’t know it to be true) that Jussie Smollett also partakes in Molly.
With that, as always, a lot of my nosy, curious patients and friends have been asking me about Molly because folks seem to think that it’s just cool and that it’s harmless. But Molly can be fatal. So, in today’s video, I am going to discuss Molly.
What is the dosing of Molly?
Molly is usually ingested orally in the pill or the powder form. Molly is supposed to be the pure form of MDMA, whereas ecstasy is typically mixed with substances like amphetamines or caffeine. But truth be told, Molly that is supposed to be pure is often also mixed. It can have things like prescription drugs, and you can even have illegal drugs mixed in with it. It can have household substances like baking soda or soap. Truth be told, if you’re at a club or at a house party and someone offers you Molly, you really don’t know what’s in it. I mean, it’s not like it’s FDA approved.
Well, again, it’s not FDA approved, so Big Brother isn’t watching. Typically, the dosing ranges from 50 milligrams to 200 milligrams, but pills have been known to have 300 milligrams, 500 milligrams. So, again, if you’re taking Molly, you really don’t know what you’re ingesting. You could be taking in a fatal dose and really have some detrimental effects.
Effects of Molly or MDMA
Some of the effects that make Molly a popular drug are that it does cause euphoria, so you have this feeling of intense happiness.
1. It can also cause a lovingness where you just feel it. You feel really emotionally warm toward other people, and you have no problem expressing this affection.
2. It can cause you to feel elated. Molly can also make you less defensive. It can make you lose track of time. It can make you more social, more outgoing. So, these are some of the effects that make it very attractive.
3. Though I’m now mentioning Molly simply as an illicit drug and an illegal drug, which it is, it has been studied for actual treatment in things like PTSD.
4. It’s not FDA approved. It is still an illegal drug. So now, I’ve shared with you some of the things that make Molly a popular club drug or house drug, or even a drug that people, as couples, sometimes take together. But let’s talk about the part of Molly that’s real, real, but that’s not glamorized.
The negative and potentially fatal effects of Molly
- Molly can cause a very fast heart rate, a key arrhythmia.
- It can also cause arrhythmia when you have such an irregular heartbeat that it doesn’t pump effectively.
- Molly can cause you to have heart attacks.
- It can cause severe hypertension, which we know increases your risk for kidney disease and strokes.
- Having Molly on board can also cause you to have a brain bleed, an intracranial hemorrhage.
- Molly keeps you from regulating your temperature properly, so you can get a fever or hyperthermia. You can also get a problem with your movements, where you actually don’t move, and you can get rhabdomyolysis, which is when your muscle cells break down, and the pigment from within your muscle can cause kidney failure, the need for dialysis, even death. All these are real negative effects of Molly, and these aren’t fairy tales. People really have died related to these issues with Molly.
- Molly can also cause a status epileptics or a seizure that just won’t stop.
- It can also cause excessive sweating, dehydration, which again can lead to kidney failure. And then there’s that dry mouth. A lot of people who take Molly are aware of the dehydration that can occur in this dry mouth, so they call themselves trying to make sure they drink enough water.
- You can also drink excessive water with Molly, which can lead to hyponatremia, cerebral edema, or brain swelling, and again, death.
Some of the long-term effects of Molly
1. It can cause what they call a crash or comedown where you can get depression when you’re not on the Molly. Everything in life may seem worse when you’re not on Molly, and you can really get a mental addiction to Molly.
2. Also, if you mix the Molly with other drugs, now given that Molly is oftentimes taken at parties, be it clubs or house parties, there are often other things like alcohol or amphetamines or even cocaine.
So, these things can mix and cause an issue, but prescription drugs can cause an issue as well, and I don’t just mean Percocet. I’m talking about certain antidepressants, such as the SSRIs. If you’re taking an antidepressant like a selective serotonin reputable inhibitor, and you also take Molly, which is causing this release of serotonin, then you can get serotonin syndrome, and again, it can be very detrimental to your health.
What to do if someone has negative effects from Molly?
- Dial 9-1-1 immediately.
- Activate EMS for anyone experiencing hyperthermia or fever, ensuring they are cooled down.
- If they are dehydrated and mentally capable, encourage them to drink water.
- However, if they’ve consumed excessive water, calling 9-1-1 is crucial to prevent hyponatremia or cerebral edema.
- Upon reaching the ER or evaluation facility, expect blood sugar checks, tox screens, and EKGs, among other vital assessments.
- Remember, if someone is experiencing adverse effects from Molly or any other substance, it’s an emergency, and you should call 9-1-1 without delay.
So, this is something to think about if you’re going to be participating in street drugs. Just be real smart. Just think about it. If you start to have a problem, a life-threatening problem from Molly, are you really going to trust the other people around you who are also likely high or drunk?
And as for young people, oh gosh, young folks, especially teenagers and young adults, it’s tricky to have to talk about drugs with young people, and I can’t say that I’ve mastered it because I’m not. I tried to have a talk with my daughter, kind of.
She just turned 13, and last year when I took her to the nail parlor one time, I normally let her just pick her own nail colors, and she will pick things like pastels and aqua or bright colors, really feminine colors.
So, I just wasn’t paying attention. When she finished getting her nails done, I looked over, and her fingernails were black. I looked south of her ankles, and her toenails were black.
If you are, for example, out at a party and you promised your parents there would be no drugs and no alcohol, but say there really are drugs and alcohol, you’ve been drinking or you’ve been partaking in Molly or some other substance, don’t be so scared to call your parents that you drive home under the influence or that you actually get in the car with someone else who’s under the influence.
Some of you are so scared that your mamas are going to kill you that you do things that might make you kill yourselves.
So, young people, talk to your parents. As for you grown-ups and parents, don’t be so judgmental and so holier-than-thou that your children don’t feel comfortable talking to you about drugs or about alcohol. Sure, tell them that you don’t want them to drink, tell them that you don’t want them to do drugs, and explain why.
But also make sure that they are comfortable enough to call you if they are out in it and in a situation where they have done drugs or alcohol, or if they’re around people who’ve done those things.
Make sure that they can have that dialogue with you, adults. Talk to your children and tell them stories of your youth. I know you went to the club when you were younger. I saw you there.This ends my overview of Molly, aka ecstasy, aka MDMA.