It’s the latest craze among teens and young adults. Popular artists, from Madonna to Miley Cyrus, have referred to it in popular songs. It’s showing up at raves, and at neighborhood parties. It’s molly, and despite its innocuous sounding name, it’s a dangerous, possibly deadly drug.
In the simplest terms, molly is a powder or crystal form of MDMA, more commonly known as Ecstasy. While Ecstasy has been known to be laced with other substances, including methamphetamine, molly is considered “pure,” as in it’s not supposed to contain anything other than MDMA. The name molly is derived from this perception; in some circles, molly is believed to be short for “molecule,” indicating the purity of the drug, while in others it’s considered indicative of the “innocent” nature of the drug, as the name molly conjures images of innocent, naive young girls.
The problem is that molly is anything but innocent. First, as experts point out, there is no guarantee that molly is actually pure MDMA. There have been rumors of the drug being laced with everything from cocaine to fertilizer, and given that the substance often comes from overseas, there aren’t any controls over its manufacture.
In addition, even if a drug is pure MDMA, it’s still harmful to the human body. Taken as a powder, molly creates a high within minutes. Assuming that it’s only MDMA, the drug can cause hallucinations, hyperthermia, increased alertness and sensitivity, excess energy and elevated heart rate and body temperature. If the drug is cut with something else, the effects can run the gamut from increased appetite to heart problems and even a coma.
According to experts in addiction treatment facilities, molly can be psychologically addicting, as users attempt to recapture the euphoric feelings they have after a dose. Considering that depression, fatigue and electrolyte deficiencies can occur after the high wears off, some users seek out additional doses to counteract those effects. Of course, if molly is cut with a physically addicting substance, such as cocaine or meth, the addictive properties are even more pronounced. (more…)