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Hip Hop Artist Speaks Out Against Molly

March 5, 2013 by  
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Joe Budden - Hip Hop Artist Speaks Out Against Molly

Hip Hop Artist Speaks Out Against Molly

Molly seems to be the drug of choice in hip hop these days. In the last year, artists like Nikki Minage, Kanye West, Juicy J, Rick Ross, French Montana, Mac Miller and newcomer Trinidad James have name-dropped the drug. At Miami’s Ultra Music Festival, “Have you seen molly?” flyers littered the ground. And Madonna was slammed when she took the stage at Ultra and shouted “How many people in this crowd have seen molly?”

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.

However, it seems that at least one hip hop artist is speaking out against molly. Jersey hip hop artist Joe Budden, said that the drug had “harmful effects” while speaking to last month.

“I didn’t see a problem with the fact that maybe five days would go by without sleeping,” Budden says. “I didn’t see a problem with the fact that maybe I was hallucinating at times. I didn’t see a problem with the fact that I just couldn’t get up and walk sometimes.”

Budden says that his loved ones intervened and helped him get on track. Now he’s speaking out against molly to warn others of the danger.

Budden was one of the lucky ones. The number of hospital cases due to molly has more than doubled in the past six years. Those who overdose from molly usually experience overheating, panic attacks, faintness, severe dehydration and loss of consciousness. Molly use can raise body temperature and cause restlessness, which causes users to keep moving, even when they are overheating. Some people who have died from molly use have had body temps over 108 degrees. Molly is especially dangerous when it is combined with alcohol and other drugs.

There can also be physical effects from repeated molly use. Regular molly users may experience anxiety, restlessness, drug craving and depression.

Unfortunately, none of these potential dangers have reduced the popularity of Molly. Social media makes it easy for buyers and sellers to make contact and avoid law enforcement. All the ingredients can be bought in a pharmacy, and it can be made in the kitchen. This makes it difficult for police and other law enforcement to regulate the manufacture and sale of molly among young people.

Culturally, we are moving into an era where drug use is less highly stigmatized by the general public, evidenced by the recent legalization of marijuana in Washington and Colorado. The post-war on drugs culture involves more lax attitude towards drug use, particularly among young people.

Hopefully, more artists will take a stand against the glorification of drug use, or at least decide not to be part of the problem. Budden hopes that the future includes a generation that loves music but rejects the self-destructive messages.


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