10 Facts About Molly Drug
On September 1, 2013, NBC News carried a report with the headline, “Who is Molly?” This was not an isolated news story, but instead was only one of the most recent in a string of stories on the new drug which has become wildly popular but is also the cause of great concern among parents, law enforcement, health professionals and others. Here are 10 of the most important things to know about Molly, so that you can help your children, your friends or others whom you care about to stay safe:
Molly Is Not Its Real Name
Molly is the street name for a drug which is actually a chemical known as 3, 4-Methylenedioxy-N-methylamphetamine, or more commonly simply as MDMA. This colloquial name gives the drug a more friendly and less threatening reputation, and also makes it easier for young people to discuss the topic without arousing the suspicions of parents and others. Instead of asking whether there will be MDMA at a party, for example, a teen can ask “Will Molly be there?”
Molly Was Originally Developed to Stop Abnormal Bleeding
This drug was not originally developed as a psychoactive substance. In 1912, scientists from pharmaceutical giant Merck were looking for a drug to stop abnormal bleeding, and MDMA was developed along the research path. It was not effective for this purpose, however, and was shelved for decades. In the late 1950s and 1960s, the U.S. military experimented with MDMA in the Project MKUltra mind control operation.
Molly Was First Promoted for Psychoactive Use Among Psychiatrists
Pharmacologists and psychiatrists originally began using MDMA as a way to break down a patient’s inhibitions for purposes of therapy. Some of them, however, began using the drug for their own recreational purposes. It wasn’t long before MDMA became widely popular as a party drug.
Molly Is the Same as Ecstasy, but More Pure
Molly is not actually a new drug. MDMA has been on the scene for decades as a recreational drug known as ecstasy. The major difference is the fact that ecstasy is consumed as a pill, whereas Molly is MDMA in its powdered form. The other important difference lies in the fact that Molly is pure MDMA, whereas ecstasy often contains other drugs that mimic the effects of MDMA, such as ephedrine or caffeine, or substances ranging from ibuprofen to hallucinogenic drugs.
The Euphoria of Molly Is Not Real
People who use MDMA commonly report feeling an enormous boost in energy levels and feelings of elation or euphoria. Some use it as a way to party all night, while others are looking for a way to break down personality barriers and “melt” into a crowd at a rave or a party. The drug works by stimulating the levels of neurotransmitters including serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine. Whereas an MDMA user might feel that he or she is having some type of purely emotional or even spiritual experience, it is nothing more than being under the influence of powerful chemical substances.
Molly Is Highly Illegal
As popular as it may be at parties, concerts and other settings, Molly is categorized by the Federal Government as being among the most dangerous drugs available. As a Schedule I controlled substance, MDMA is considered to have a high potential for abuse and no accepted medical use. Cocaine, in comparison, is only a Schedule II drug, since it may be used under strict medical supervision. Possession, distribution, transportation, manufacture or sale of Molly is punishable by fines ranging into the tens of thousands of dollars, years in federal prison and the prospect of living into the future with a felony criminal record.
Molly Is Not Safe, Despite What You May Have Heard
One of the reasons that MDMA, as Molly, has made such an enormous comeback of late has to do with the widely held belief that it is safer than ecstasy. Given that it is pure and unadulterated MDMA, Molly is supposed to bring all of the positive effects with little or no downside. This could not be further from the truth. Using Molly can cause any of a long list of short- and long-term health complications ranging from difficulty in concentrating, dry mouth and grinding of teeth, to extreme dehydration and exhaustion caused by overexertion, aches and pains, and paranoia.
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Molly Is What Miley Cyrus Was Singing About
Earlier this year, pop star Miley Cyrus found herself at the center of a controversy when her new song “We Can’t Stop” debuted. There was a dispute over whether one of the song’s lines referred to “dancing with Miley,” or “dancing with Molly.” Finally, Ms. Cyrus came out and stated that the answer to the question depended on the audience, saying that her younger fans should hear “dancing with Miley,” making her music innocent enough to still sell albums and merchandise to that demographic, while older fans should understand that she was advocating partying while high on MDMA. The impropriety of her promotion of drug use is underscored by the fact that MTV was willing to show several minutes of the young singer simulating sex on stage while wearing flesh colored underwear during the recent Video Music Awards, but felt it necessary to bleep out the offending line in “We Can’t Stop.” Miley Cyrus is the most recent example of a pop star promoting the drug, with other notable instances including hip-hop stars Kanye West, Rick Ross and Nicki Minaj, as well as Madonna, who named her most recent concert tour “MDNA” in clear reference to MDMA and who at one point last year called out to the audience at a show, “How many people in this crowd have seen Molly?”
Molly Can Cause Depression
“Suicide Tuesday” is the term used to refer to the bout of depression commonly experienced by a person who has used MDMA over the weekend. People who use Molly feel great for several hours, and then they crash. With prolonged use, MDMA can cause a depletion of dopamine, serotonin and other chemicals associated with feelings of pleasure and well being. Furthermore, the body becomes dependent on the drug to cause the release of these chemicals. Whereas a person may have started using Molly as a way to get high, experience euphoria and break out of the monotony of daily life, he or she might end up sliding swiftly into a depression that calls for more drug use and brings about a full-blown addiction.
It Is Fully Possible to Overdose on Molly
“Serotonin syndrome,” “stimulant psychosis,” and “hypertensive crisis” are only a few of the terms used to refer to what can happen when a person overdoses on Molly. According to the NBC News report mentioned above, trips to the emergency room for complications involving MDMA have doubled over the past decade. The same report mentioned a pair of recent deaths which are believed to be caused by overdosing on Molly. The nature of the drug’s effects on the user make it hard to tell when one is on the brink of an overdose, since the euphoria and excitement may overshadow and seem to explain symptoms such as an elevated heart rate, high blood pressure and rapid breathing. The person may continue using Molly until it is too late.