Molly use is also known as ecstasy or MDMA use. Molly is the street name for pure MDMA. Molly is different than ecstasy pills because it comes in powder form that is commonly more clean or pure than what is in the ecstasy pills. The term Molly is allegedly derived from “molecule”.
Molly use can induce euphoria and a sense of intense intimacy with others. Along with euphoria and intimacy it also can diminish anxiety. Many studies have shown that molly use has therapeutic benefits because of these positive effects. Although molly is criminalized in most countries and its possession, manufacturing, and sale may result in criminal prosecution. There are some limited exceptions that exist for scientific and medical research when it comes to molly use.
The primary effects of molly use are pretty consistent among all users. In general molly use takes on its effects within 45 minutes to an hour after consumption and hits a peak after 2 to 3 hours. After the peak due to molly use it reaches a plateau that lasts about 2 to 3 more hours followed by a comedown. After molly has run its course many users will feel fatigue among more long-lasting effects such as diminished mental capacity, sensitivity to light, paranoia, and impaired ability to think. Some of the most common effects of molly use are but are not limited to:
- An alteration in consciousness
- A strong sense of inner peace and self-acceptance
- Diminished fear, anxiety, and insecurity
- Diminished aggression, hostility, and jealousy
- Feelings of intimacy and love for others
- Feelings of empathy, compassion and forgiveness towards others
- Increased energy and endurance
- Mild psychedelic, mental imagery and auditory and visual distortions or hallucinations
- Improved self confidence
- Increased drive, desire and motivation
- The ability to talk about normally anxiety provoking issues
- An intensification of all bodily senses
- Stimulation, arousal and enhancement of appreciation of music
All of these positive effects of molly use are followed by the negative effects of molly use. Negative effects of molly use are but are not limited to:
- Anxiety and paranoia
- Impaired attention, focus and concentration
- Dizziness, lightheadedness, or vertigo
- Loss of appetite
- Aches and pains, usually from excessive physical activity
- Jaw soreness, from teeth clenching or bruxism
Some studies have shown that recreational molly use causes increased depression and anxiety even after stopping the drug. Molly use is also associated with liver damage, excessive wearing of the teeth, and rarely hallucinogen persisting perception disorder.
While using molly there are some short term health risks such as hyperthermia and dehydration to the point of death. Molly use causes the body’s internal temperature to rise to dangerous levels and the loss of fluid without any replenishment can be extremely dangerous. Diuretics such as alcohol may exacerbate these risks even further.
Molly use also has its effects on the environment. The need for the ingredient safrole to make Molly, which is found in trees in Southeast Asia, Brazil and Cambodia, depletes about 500,000 trees a year.
Molly use definitely has its ups but after the “afterglow” and high are gone it has its low down ugly effects too.