Ecstasy, at its most basic level, is composed largely of MDMA (or, more technically, 3, 4-Methylenedioxymethamphetamine). One of the bigger drawbacks of ecstasy as perceived by drug users is the idea that pressed ecstasy – whose meteoric rise was seen mainly throughout the 1990s as electronic dance music parties or raves also grew in popularity – is “dirty;” that is, plainly, that MDMA in pill form will likely also contain any number of secondary ingredients or cutting agents ranging from amphetamines and caffeine to LSD and ketamine.

Molly, therefore, was born as a “clean” alternative to traditional ecstasy. Sold in powder form (though most often housed in a gelatin capsule), both the presentation and the name allude to a simpler, cleaner, and purer reality, one that beckons users to receive the high with little to no worry of consequence. The truth, however, is that molly – in all her perceived harmlessness – is not the girl next door to which her name signals, but an insidious agent that is powerful in her deception.

Molly is Not who you Think She Is

Let’s first take a look at MDMA. Though MDMA, because of its diminished efficacy over prolonged use, is not considered an intensely physically addictive substance – in truth, drug and alcohol addiction treatment centers encounter few individuals presenting for MDMA abuse – it is still very potent in its ability to alter the body’s chemistry. MDMA can deplete the brain of the neurotransmitters serotonin, norepinephrine and dopamine, which can drastically affect mood and lead to depression over the long run. MDMA can also cause heart rates to become greatly elevated and for perception to become severely distorted, both of which – in causing body temperature to rise and for the user to fail to realize his or her fading endurance – can lead to hyperthermia, seizures, dehydration, cardiac events, and comas.

And that’s just the MDMA.

The bigger issue surrounding molly is that the labels of “safe” and “pure” attributed to her are, in fact, false. Aside from the cutting agents commonly found in pressed ecstasy pills, it is very possible that molly is often anything but pure MDMA. Nathan Messer of DanceSafe asserts that “MDPV, methylone, mephedrone and butylone — different substances or drugs — are often sold as molly,” so the blind ingestion of covert drugs is an all-too-common occurrence among substance abusers.

In other words: molly is not who you think she is, and it’s important that you and others learn of her true nature to avoid the copious hazards associated with her use.