The drug known as Molly has earned quite a name in recent years with many celebrity singers talking about it through their lyrics and other media outlets speaking about the drug as well. Molly, also known as MDMA (3, 4-methylenedioxy-methamphetamine) is a synthetic, psychoactive drug that has characteristics of both the stimulant amphetamine and a hallucinogen. On the streets, MDMA can be called molly, ecstasy, “E,” “beans” or “the love drug.” Molly has earned these names because of the feelings one gets after taking the drug. It creates a feeling of increased energy, euphoria, increased emotions, and empathy towards other people, a distortion of one’s sense and perception and sexual arousal. The most common place to find individuals using the drug is at night clubs or dance parties called raves by a vast array of people from all ages and ethnicities.
Is Molly Addictive & How is it Abused?
Molly is generally taken orally as a capsule or tablet, but can also be snorted or injected into one’s body. The effects of MDMA generally last anywhere from between 3 and 6 hours, but many will take more of the drug later into the night for the effects to last for a longer period of time. While some will only take the MDMA to get a high, others mix the drug with another drug. This makes the other drug a supplement to what is already an intense high. Common drugs that are mixed with molly are cocaine, GHB, methamphetamine or ketamine.
While there are many individuals, who take the drug once in awhile to go out to a club or rave and dance the night away. There are addictive tendencies present in MDMA. There has not been as much research done on molly compared to other drugs such as cocaine or heroin, but the results thus far are beginning to make the drug have a high abuse potential. There have been users to report that they become dependent of the drug. And there have been lab tests done on animals that show the animals will self-administer the drug during experiments after exposed to it. Although many administer the drug less frequently than those addicted to heroin or cocaine, the desire to use more and continue use suggest that addiction to the drug is more than likely possible and could be detrimental to one’s physical and psychological psyches. Therefore even though full research has not taken place, the results thus far have a vast majority of researchers believing the drug is addictive and can cause one to lead a life of drug addiction.
How Does MDMA Affect the Brain & Body?
MDMA affects three different neurotransmitters within the brain, which are serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine. All of these neurotransmitters affect one’s reward and pleasure center of the brain. When ecstasy is taken, the levels of these transmitters increase dramatically and makes one have an intense feeling of euphoria due to the transmitters being related to mood and emotions (along with other functions such as sleep, dreaming and appetite). This is why one becomes highly emotional and social when out in public at a night club or rave on the drug. Many people will feel emotional closeness, love, trust or sexual arousal when surrounded by other people at a rave or night club and on ecstasy. Research studies have proven that these three neurotransmitters all increase when MDMA is administered.
The surge of these transmitters caused by MDMA drains the brain of the hormones, which is what causes the negative after effects. These effects one feels after coming down from ecstasy can include confusion, depression, sleeping problems, drug cravings or anxiety. After the use of MDMA, one can feel these negative effects for days or even weeks after ingesting the drug.
If one uses molly heavily, the feelings of confusion, depression, sleep problems, short attention spans and loss of memory can have lasting impressions. Many will experience these feelings every time they are not taking the drug. The body is more than likely beginning to not produce the necessary hormones in one’s body to function at optimum levels because the ecstasy has begun to replace the natural production of these hormones.
Are There Other Health Effects from Ecstasy?
Ecstasy has many similar side effects as other stimulants such as, cocaine and amphetamines. These health effects include increased heart rate and blood pressure. MDMA users can also experience symptoms like muscle tension, teeth clenching, nausea, blurred vision, faintness, chills or sweating.
If molly is taken in high doses, it can hinder the body’s ability to regulate one’s body temperature as well. In some rare cases this can result in hyperthermia (sharp increase in body temperature), which can ultimately result in organ failures or death. In addition to this, if one is abusing ecstasy frequently the body does not breakdown the entire drug causing high levels to build up in the body and capable of causing severe health issues.
Another risk of buying and taking ecstasy is the fact that many manufacturers will mix other potentially dangerous drugs into the pill or capsule to make their production costs cheaper. The drugs many choose to mix with the MDMA can include designer drugs, ketamine, heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine or dextromethorphan (cough syrup). The combination of these drugs and MDMA can be more dangerous than taking pure MDMA at times. And if one does not know the MDMA is mixed with other substances, they can be putting themselves in even more danger. This is because the individual may choose to take the ecstasy at a rave or night club and then smoke marijuana or drink alcohol, increasing the risks of adverse reactions.
Do You Know Someone Abusing Molly?
While research is ongoing regarding molly, the drug is spreading across the world rapidly due to the recent media associated with the drug. MDMA is more than likely already the next drug to hit younger generations and cause drug addiction. If you or a loved one is experimenting with ecstasy in the night club or rave scene, yet cannot get enough of the drug; an addiction may exist. Drug addiction to “party drugs” can sometimes be difficult to recognize at first, but is a serious problem plaguing the world. The difficulty of detecting an addiction in “party drugs” is because one takes the MDMA in a social setting with many others approving their decision of administering the drug. There are treatment facilities across the world to assist you in overcoming your addiction and leading a drug free life though.
Here at Freedom Treatment Center, we have specialists ready to help you beat your addiction. There are certain skills and detoxification processes one needs to partake in to ensure a lasting recovery. This is exactly what Freedom Treatment Center’s main goal is. We ensure the body is completely detoxified from all harmful substances and then show each person the life skills needed to cope with the world without the use of drugs. It is important to have skills that you can use out in the world to function and deal with anyone that may get in the way of you living a drug free life. This is exactly what Freedom Treatment Center attempts to do for each person that comes into our facility. For more information regarding our services for treating an addiction to MDMA, you can call one of our specialists today!
[Source: National Institute on Drug Abuse]