There are things out in the world that make me very nervous, and “molly” is the latest in this line of stuff that freaks me out. I’m not talking about any of you out there named Molly, but rather molly the drug. When I started hearing some of the lax attitudes toward it, I decided we need to set the record straight on what exactly it is and why it’s not something you should be doing. At all.
You’ve maybe heard about molly in relation to ecstasy. So what’s the difference? The Partnership At Drugfree.org breaks it down, explaining that the chemical MDMA is used in ecstasy, but often there is other stuff laced in. What sets molly apart then is that it is “considered to be pure MDMA” that comes in the form of a powder or a crystal. Molly also has been found to generally appeal to a younger group, usually around 16-24 years old.
According to U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration also points out that MDMA is considered a “party drug” that works as both a “stimulant and psychedelic.” Basically, it affects certain areas of your brain, which gives the user a high that also messes with your perception.
One NBC affiliate in Virginia noted that people seem to be under the impression that because it’s “pure,” molly is somehow “safer” to take than ecstasy is. Two things about that. First of all, as their article points out, there’s no way to actually know what is in molly when you take it. It’s not regulated (since it is illegal), so there is still a chance it could be laced with something else. In fact, according to a report from The Grio, substances labeled as “molly” didn’t always have MDMA, but sometimes other substances like methylone. Seriously, you have no idea what harmful stuff could be in it.
Second, it’s not like MDMA by itself is even safe. According to the DEA, it’s a “Schedule I drug,” which means it isn’t used for any medical reasons and it has a high chance of being abused. There are all sorts of negative effects when you take MDMA. Some of them are psychological, like anxiety; some of them are physical, like nausea. The side effects can get even more serious, including leaving your body unable to regulate its temperature which can lead to serious complications, including death.
I’m just not seeing how people could say molly isn’t harmful. Just because it is this “party drug” taken in these “fun” environments, in no way does that mean that it isn’t a big deal or something seriously dangerous and sketchy. I know sometimes parties can breed pressure to try things or its just considered part of the “fun,” but seriously, your health is not worth risking over something like molly.
Have you ever heard of molly before? Tell us in the comments!