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Difference Between Ecstasy and Molly

January 16, 2013 by  
Filed under Ecstasy, MDMA, Molly

Difference Between Ecstasy and Molly

 

Difference Between Ecstasy and Molly

“Ecstasy” and “Molly” are often used interchangeably in the media to refer to the psychoactive “club drug”, MDMA. However, “Molly” is the street name of the powder or crystal form of the drug MDMA, a chemical most commonly known for its use in the drug ecstasy. Unlike Ecstasy, which has a reputation for being laced with everything from caffeine to methamphetamine, molly — a name shortened from “molecule” — is thought of as “pure” MDMA.

MDMA has the full chemical name of ‘3, 4 Methylene-dioxy-N-methylamphetamine’ or ‘Methylenedioxymethamphetamine’. While both molly and ecstasy contain MDMA (supposedly, though you never know what you are getting with street drugs) the difference between ecstasy and molly is important. Research shows that many Ecstasy tablets contain a number of other drugs that can be dangerous when combined, including methamphetamine, ketamine, cocaine, DXM and the diet drug ephedrine.

However, this difference between ecstasy and molly only holds true if all molly is pure MDMA. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Substances like MDPV, methylone, mephedrone and butylone have been sold as molly. Obviously there is no standardization testing for street drugs, so you never really know what you’re going to get.

Difference Between Ecstasy and Molly:  History

MDMA was patented in 1913 by the German chemical company Merck supposedly to be sold as a diet pill. They never really did anything with it after that. In 1952, the US army experimented with MDMA, but they have not revealed their reasons for using the drug.

MDMA rose to prominence in trendy nightclubs and gay dance clubs throughout the early 1980’s. From there it spread to raves and clubs across the country. In 1985 the DEA classified Molly as a Schedule 1 controlled substance. In 2008 it was estimated that 10-25 million people had tried molly or ecstasy at least once in the past year. In the 80’s and 90’s, the most prominent form of the drug was ecstasy. By the turn of the century, molly began hitting the streets, and MDMA experienced a re-surge in popularity.

Difference Between Ecstasy and Molly: The High

For users, the main difference between ecstasy and molly seems to be in the subjective experience of the “high” or “rush” when the drug is used. Though it would have to be tested in a lab to be sure, many users of ecstasy speculate on what the drug is “cut” with depending on how it makes them feel. Preferences develop, with some preferring the “speedy” feeling of ecstasy cut with meth or coke and others enjoying the “nodding” feeling of a tablet cut with heroin. Since ecstasy tablets from the same batch are often stamped and named, certain “brand names” (i.e. Mercedes, Mitsubishis, Ferraris, Volkswagens, Red Devils, Blue Nikes, 007s, Playboys, Batman’s, Superman’s, Rolexes, Pokémon’s, Red Stop Signs, Buddha’s, Butterflies, X-Files, White Diamonds, Yin Yang’s, Armani’s) become more popular than others.  Regardless of the preference, most users prefer the “purity” of molly rather than taking a chance with whatever happens to comes in a pill of ecstasy.

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