You may have heard of the drug MDMA before in reference but never understood who or what Molly was supposed to be (?) The term ‘Molly’ is slang for molecule and it’s considered to be the pure form of 3, 4-methylenedioxy-N-methylamphetamine or MDMA. MDMA is a synthetic drug that some psychiatrists began to prescribe for psychotherapy patients in the 70’s. The most disturbing aspect of this decision was that there had been no formal clinical tests run as to the effects of the drug. Not to mention there had been no approval from the Food and Drug Administration. The drug was banned by the Drug Enforcement Agency about the time the drug started appearing on the street.
Today, it is considered a Schedule I drug, which is reserved for those substances that have not been determined to have any therapeutic value. There are many myths about what MDMA will and will not do to the people who use it. MDMA triggers the release of large amounts of serotonin, as well as dopamine and norepinephrine. This results in feelings of euphoria and increased energy. A person becomes way more sociable and his or her mood gets better. The high is said to last several hours.
Long periods of MDMA use are said to severely damage your serotonin receptors to the point of causing short term depression. After using MDMA one often feels depressed due to the low number of active serotonin receptors. However, when one’s serotonin levels are completely depleted, this depression can last one to two weeks. Additional side-effects include increased blood pressure, which can induce heart attacks in persons who have high blood pressure. It’s also thought to contribute to seizures in those who are prone to having them.
There has also a great deal of discussion in regards to the potential fatalities that could be caused by the drug. A few persons have reportedly died as a result of taking MDMA, leading some to think the drug is lethal. The issue arises because Ecstasy, the street version of MDMA, is typically laced with other drugs or various substances. MDMA, on the other hand, is supposed to be the pure version of the drug. Many teen users most likely to use MDMA will naively assume the drug can’t harm them if it’s pure.
There is no safe batch of MDMA for this very reason. MDMA or Ecstasy—by either or any name, is an illegal drug. At the very least, selling and possessing the drug is risking jail time. Since it’s an illegal drug made through questionable means, “purity” is going to be highly unlikely, and what one may be taking could be laced with something truly harmful. MDMA interferes with the brain, and its effects can affect you for your entire life.