What is Molly? Understanding MDMA

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Comprehending Molly (MDMA): Effects, Appearance, & Withdrawal

Molly, often recognized as MDMA or methylenedioxymethamphetamine, is a pivotal constituent in the party drug, Ecstasy. Anton Köllisch, a German chemist, first created Molly, initially named Methylsafrylamin, in 1912 to produce medications controlling hemorrhage.

The Historical Background of Molly 

The recreational use of Molly took off in the early 1970s, following its resynthesis by pharmacologist Alexander Shulgin. Despite the lack of formal clinical trials or regulatory approvals, psychotherapist Leo Zeff began administering Molly to patients due to its anxiety-reducing properties. Subsequently, the drug found its way into the rave scene, popular among European adolescents and young adults for its stimulatory and hallucinogenic effects. By 1985, it was classified as a Schedule 1 drug under the Controlled Substances Act.

The Physiological Impact of Molly

Molly is known to induce euphoria, enhance physical energy, and amplify feelings of emotional warmth and intimacy. Once ingested, it takes approximately 15 minutes to permeate the bloodstream and reach the brain. It alters brain neurochemistry by affecting serotonin transporters and boosting the activity of three neurotransmitters, serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine. Prolonged usage can lead to psychological dependence due to the brain’s reliance on Molly for positive feelings.

Molly’s Appearance and Market Price

Unlike Ecstasy, which is often mixed with other synthetic drugs, Molly typically comes in a pure crystalline powder form, encapsulated or ingested as a powder. However, purity can’t be guaranteed, and the drug may contain mixtures of other crystalline powders. The cost fluctuates between $30 to $50 per dose, subject to the quality and potency.

Potential Side Effects of Molly

While the long-term impacts of Molly remain undetermined, short-term effects can pose serious risks. Molly can override the body’s natural regulators, leading to potential over-exertion, dehydration, dangerous temperature spikes, and heart-related complications. Users might also engage in risky sexual behaviors. Other possible adverse effects range from dry mouth, difficulty concentrating, anxiety, and vision distortion, to increased heart rate and promiscuity.

Withdrawal Symptoms Associated with Molly

Due to the unregulated production of Molly, withdrawal symptoms can significantly vary. While MDMA itself isn’t physically addictive, psychological dependence can lead to drug cravings and other signs of addiction. Withdrawal can cause anxiety, fatigue, severe mood swings, depression, and confusion, along with agitation, paranoia, insomnia, and memory problems.

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Esra Ahmed - MS, NCC, LPC, MHSP

Experienced Clinical Director with a demonstrated history of working in the hospital & health care industry. Skilled in Anger Management, Healthcare, Medicine, EMDR, and Life Transitions. Strong healthcare services professional with a Masters Degree focused in Psychology from The University of Memphis.

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