Molly drug is also called Ecstasy, E, Adam, XTC, Clarity, Essence., Hug Drug, or Love Drug. Globally, it is known as MDMA (3-4 methylenedioxymethamphetamine) by medical professionals. It is a synthetic drug that is so psychoactive, meaning that its empires psychological processes such as thinking, perception, and emotions. It is an illegal drug that can be used both as a stimulant and a psychedelic (causes hallucinations) that when taken, gives the user an energizing effect as well as distortions in time and perception. Ideally, this drug was first manufactured in 1912 in Germany to be used as an appetite suppressant. Molly produces a feeling of elation or "togetherness" with boundless energies. This is the primary reason why it is used as a dance drug at rave parties, especially in the UK. The lethal dose varies according to individuals and appears to have a low addictive capability but when used in prolonged periods, it can impair the cerebral part of the brain.
How Does It Affect the Brain?
Molly/Ecstasy primarily works on the neurons in the brain. It impairs the chemical properties of three neurotransmitters i.e., serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine, chemicals used as communication channels between neurons in the brain. Serotonin is highly associated with feelings of empathy, elevated mood, and emotional closeness when this drug is used. Generally, serotonin regulates the following: mood, appetite, sexual activity, aggression, sleep, sensitivity to pain, blood pressure, heart rate, etc. This means that when one consumes this drug, the proper functioning of serotonin gets impaired with time.
How is Molly Used?
This drug is widely available in tablets or capsules form and is taken orally. People who illegally sell this drug use brand names, colors, logos for marketing purposes, which makes it hard to be apprehended. It can also exist in powder form, can be snorted, taken as a liquid, and can be smoked as well. It is rarely injected.
Uses of Molly in Medicine.
Full use of molly has not been approved yet because the DEA still considers it illegal. However, researchers are arguing that the drug can be used as a possible treatment for:
● PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder).
● Anxiety in people with terminal illnesses.
● Social anxiety created by autism in adults.
What are the Effects of Molly (MDMA/Ecstasy) Use?
When molly is taken, it releases neurotransmitters such as serotonin from brain neurons. This in return produces a highness that can last for about 3-6 hours depending on the dose or the user. It creates an enhanced sense of pleasure, self-confidence, and high energy levels. It also gives the user feelings of peacefulness, acceptance, and empathy.
How Dangerous is Molly?
• Nausea and bruxism (spasms of the jaw muscles).
• Involuntary teeth clenching caused by bruxism.
• Blurred vision.
• Muscle cramping
• Excessive sweating and chills.
• When used in long term:
• It causes liver failure.
• Damages brain serotonin affecting memory, emotions, thinking, and cognition.
How Does Molly Drug Affect Dancers?
The dangerous part of molly is that when someone is vigorously dancing, hyperpyrexia (body temperature above 41.5 degrees Celsius), dehydration due to excessive sweating, and electrolyte disturbances can develop. As a result, this individual may fall, develop a seizure, collapse which all hinder adequate amounts of oxygen from reaching the brain. In the end, renal failure and death follow.
Frequently Asked Questions About Molly Drug.
1. Is Molly addictive?
When used for long it is a highly addictive drug.
2. What are the withdrawal symptoms of molly?
Above 60% of individuals using molly show some withdrawal symptoms like fatigue, appetite loss, feelings of depression, difficulty in concentration, high irritability, aggressiveness, etc.
3. Can I die from molly?
Yes. When excessively taken it causes death.
4. Is there a treatment for molly?
There is no specific treatment for molly addiction. But medics may prescribe therapy where an individual is supported behaviourally and emotionally.