MDMA: Why do users think they must be on the drug to be happy?
MDMA: A therapeutic tool gone bad?
MDMA, also known as ecstasy and molly, was originally intended to be a tool for psychiatrists to provide enhanced therapy for conditions such as depression and anxiety, PTSD, and OCD. MDMA-assisted psychotherapy showed great promise until the drug gained a reputation as a popular and dangerous party drug, often found at large music festivals and rave parties. This stimulant drug gives users the feeling that they are happy and even in love. However, it also causes an increase in body temperature, blood pressure, heart rate and can lead to permanent brain damage if used excessively. Unfortunately, research on the usefulness of MDMA has come to a halt and the drug is classified as an illegal narcotic with no legitimate medical use.
Molly is the new name for MDMA.
In recent years, MDMA has enjoyed a resurgence of popularity and is now frequently known by the name, “Molly”. In the 80s and 90s, it was more commonly known as “ecstasy”. While it is the same drug, today’s version is more potent and therefore, more dangerous. Additionally, MDMA on the streets, sold in tablet, pill form or even powder form, is often adulterated with other drugs and ingredients. In the past, ecstasy has been contaminated with drugs such as methamphetamine, cocaine, and heroin. Today, it is more likely that it will contain fentanyl analogs imported from China or Mexico. This makes MDMA use as a modern club drug even more dangerous.
MDMA is an amphetamine.
While very different from the effects of amphetamine and methamphetamine, MDMA is technically in the same family. MDMA users often have a preference for the unique effects of Molly over other stimulants. They may even believe that they are providing themselves with MDMA-assisted therapy by taking the drug on their own. Unfortunately, self-medicating for mental illness is always a bad idea. The risk of short-term dangers and long-term effects far outweigh any benefit of unmonitored use of this drug.
What are the effects of Molly on the user?
As a psychoactive drug, Molly works on the central nervous system, causing an imbalance of neurotransmitters in a way that leads to the specific ecstasy-related effects of euphoria and elevated mood. Ecstasy users will sometimes combine other drugs, such as marijuana, to increase and enhance the effects of this recreational drug.
Is Molly addicting?
This is a good question. Amphetamine drugs, in general, are highly addicting. Ecstasy addiction is definitely a risk of using the drug. However, most Molly users would agree that addiction to the drug is not as likely as addiction to other stimulants. Yet, experts warn that Molly is a dangerous street drug, nearly always contaminated with other dangerous substances, and sometimes even replaced with an entirely different drug. There is no way to know when you buy Molly that you are not actually buying methamphetamine or even fentanyl. The best course of action is to avoid Molly altogether.