The drug Molly, is a powder or crystalline form of “pure” MDMA (3,4-methylenedioxy-N-methylamphetamine), which can be inhaled, eaten (usually in capsule form) or parachuted – folded into a tissue and swallowed). As with all uncontrolled substances there is no consistency in the makeup of the drug. The powder is often adulterated by other drug/substances such as aspirin, caffeine, speed, ephedrine, LSD, talcum powder, ketamine, etc., or it can contain no MDMA. MDMA is used in the pressed pill Ecstasy, which can also be laced with other chemicals/substances.
- MDMA acts as a stimulant and a psychedelic.
- The effects of the drug are usually felt within 30-60 minutes, and usually last approximately 3-6 hours.
- The drug produces euphoria, sense of emotional closeness with others, increased empathy and energy, heighted sensory perceptions and mild hallucinations.
- Common side effects can include jaw clenching/teeth grinding, nausea, blurred vision, dehydration, elevated heart rate, blood pressure and respiration, anxiety, agitation, insomnia, fever/chills , loss of appetite, exhaustion (often times not realizing it), muscle spasms, and distortion in thought processes, sensory and time perception.
- More serious effects include hyperthermia, uncontrollable seizures, high blood pressure, electrolyte abnormalities, cardiac episodes and coma, as well as depression caused by a sudden drop in serotonin levels. Some effects can last during the days or weeks after use including confusion, memory difficulties, depression, sleep problems and anxiety.
- MDMA can be extremely dangerous in high doses or when multiple small doses are taken within a short time period to maintain the high. High levels of the drug in the blood stream can increase the risk of seizures and affect the heart's ability to maintain its normal rhythms.
Combining MDMA with other drugs (illegal, prescribed or non-prescription (over-the-counter) can be very dangerous. For example, mixing MDMA with other stimulants increases the risk of heatstroke, hypertension, heart attack and death. Mixing with alcohol can increase nausea, vomiting, dehydration and can lead taking larger doses of either drug.
For additional information on alcohol and/or other drugs or if you are concerned about your own or another’s drug use, contact: Office of Health Education and Promotion, Health & Wellness, 862-3823 or make an appointment online.
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