Molly is an innocent name for a dangerous synthetic drug called MDMA (methylenedioxy-methamphetamine) which also goes by ecstasy, E, or XTC. Popular among young people and present at music festivals, clubs, raves, and other highly stimulating scenes, molly is both a stimulant and a hallucinogen. Because molly is commonly binged to delay the severe come-down effects, drug rehab centers see more and more people who can’t break the cycle of abuse enrolling in treatment.
Molly is alleged to be the “pure” form of ecstasy, marketed among users as containing fewer additives like cocaine, meth, or ketamine. Unfortunately, these adulterants find their way into molly as well as MDMA sold under other names. One of the frightening aspects of the unregulated street purchase of an unregulated drug is the unknown: what is in it?
If you feel trapped in an exhausting cycle of binging on molly, are concerned that you are dependent on it, and need help kicking molly to the curb, reach out to Serenity Light Recovery to learn how we can help. Call our number – 855.658.6109 – or fill out our online form.
How Molly Works
The drug interacts in specific ways with the user’s brain to create the euphoric sensations associated with a molly high. It stimulates the production of three important neurotransmitters: dopamine, norepinephrine, and serotonin.
Dopamine, in addition to flooding the body with energetic, happy feelings, also has the effect of reinforcing any behaviors that led to the euphoric phase, immediately beginning a feedback loop that significantly increases the chances that the user will use it again. Repeated use of a controlled substance like molly can swiftly lead to dangerous results, including addiction or overdose.
How Long Does Molly Last and the Side Effects of a Molly High
Molly actively affects the brain and body for approximately six hours – a number that can change if the drug is used with other substances, such as alcohol, or contains mystery additives. Though users of molly seek expansive feelings and intense sensations of joy, these come at a cost. Along with the euphoria come some or all of the following less pleasant effects.
- Hyperthermia (excessive body temperature)
- Teeth or jaw clenching
- Nausea and vomiting
- Nystagmus (abnormal eye movement)
- Blurred vision
- Hypertension (high blood pressure)
- Elevated pulse
Deaths resulting from molly abuse are on the rise. Most of them are related to heatstroke, as mentioned above, as a life-threatening side-effect. Body temperatures of those using molly have been measured at 108° Fahrenheit.
The Molly Aftereffect
Molly users report that the main reason they use the drug again so quickly is to banish the negative feelings that come in the wake of the high. “Suicide Tuesday” is a disheartening nickname for the “day after” crash. In fact, there is evidence that teens who use molly attempt suicide at higher rates than teens who use other drugs or no drugs.
Common experiences for those who have recently come down from molly are:
- Extreme depression and anxiety
- Memory loss
- Inability to focus
- Loss of interest in sex
When individuals take more molly to alleviate these symptoms, binge cycles often ensue, which lead to addiction.
Long-Term Molly Side Effects
Within the substance abuse treatment community, concerns about molly have to do with all the above risks, in addition to the grave long-term effects of this drug. Though it was developed in the early 20th century for medical purposes related to controlling bleeding, it did not gain much traction in the drug subculture until the 1980s. Molly and its long-term effects are still being studied, and there is still a lot we don’t know.
Still, much is understood about the often intractable longer-term effects of the drug:
- Brain chemistry – The depletion of naturally occurring serotonin and other neurotransmitters in the brain affects the ability to modulate emotions and experience positive feelings. This altered brain chemistry also results in aggressive tendencies, cognitive impairment, memory loss, and confusion.
- Psychological effects –The day-after effects, such as severe anxiety and depression, often continue long-term for regular users and those addicted to molly. Long-term users can also become afflicted with paranoia and anorexia.
- Effects on the body – Among those addicted to molly, unwanted pregnancies and STDs are common due to impaired impulse control while high.
These are very real consequences that affect a user’s present and future wellbeing. In addition, sexual dysfunction often lasts beyond current use, and the common side-effect of teeth clenching can result in ongoing dental problems. Perhaps most concerning is the damage that chronic molly use does to the heart.
Serenity Light Recovery Can Help
Molly is not the harmless party drug many would like to pretend it is. Though it is possible to take molly once and not become addicted, just as you can have a drink or take a painkiller without abusing them, the risk factors for addiction to molly are high, and the dangers to body and mind of chronic use are very real.
If you are concerned about your use of molly or that someone you care about is going down a dangerous path of MDHA addiction, reach out to our drug rehab center. Call us at 855.658.6109 or fill out our online form. We can listen to your concerns, answer your questions, and suggest possible treatment options. Our evidence-based addiction treatment programs and compassionate and understanding staff help many people every year. We can help you. You are not alone.