An old club drug is hiding out in a new name and having serious and even deadly effects on young partygoers. The drug is called Molly, which is essentially no more than ecstasy. The negative effects of Molly have included deaths of young people at raves, clubs and parties. The danger of this drug lies in the false marketing campaign led by those selling it, as well as in the dangerous side effects it causes in many of its users.
What Is Molly?
Molly is a chemical substance known as MDMA. It is a stimulant in the same class of drugs as amphetamine and methamphetamine. Stimulants are often used for alertness, focus and wakefulness. MDMA is the active ingredient in ecstasy, a club drug that has been around for decades. The Molly symptoms that users experience include the usual stimulant effects of increased metabolism and the ability to stay awake. The drug also makes users feel euphoric, energized, more social and loving and generally happy to be around other people. These are the effects that have made MDMA a popular party and club drug.
What Makes Molly Dangerous?
As Molly drug use has increased in popularity among club-goers, it has been responsible for several deaths as well as many trips to the emergency room. Dealers who sell Molly claim that it is different from ecstasy in that it is pure MDMA and safer than the blend of chemicals found in ecstasy. The truth is that users never know for sure what is in the drugs they buy. Believing Molly to be safe, many people take more of it than is safe and end up overdosing. They may actually get a pure dose of MDMA and overdose on it, or end up with MDMA cut with other more harmful substances and get sick from those.
What Are the Side Effects of Molly?
Even with a pure dose of MDMA there are risks and dangers associated with using Molly. The happy, warm feeling that comes with Molly is often accompanied by more harmful symptoms. Most commonly, users experience an elevation in body temperature. Life-threatening heatstroke is a real possibility for someone using Molly, especially when taking a high dose, or when using it in a warm environment.
Molly can also cause users to have elevated blood pressure, seizures and feelings of depression after the high wears off. Anxiety, insomnia, dehydration, fever and loss of appetite are also common. Molly drug and alcohol combinations are particularly dangerous. Alcohol tends to decrease the high the user gets from Molly, which may lead him to use more of the drug. Alcohol also makes dehydration worse.
Molly is not a new drug, but it is a new problem. For partiers and club-goers, it is important to understand the risks of using this drug and to find out the truth about Molly that dealers are trying to hide.