The Dangers of Molly (Ecstasy)

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Molly (MDMA) is a drug with uncertain addictive potential due to the challenges associated with its purity and composition when obtained illegally.

The molly drug is frequently touted as a purer form of MDMA, but a significant portion of what is sold as molly either contains other substances or lacks MDMA entirely. The presence of these additional substances alters individual reactions to molly, making it difficult to predict the likelihood of addiction.

MDMA, also commonly known as ecstasy and molly, is typically available in capsule or powder form, primarily administered orally but occasionally snorted. Ecstasy, by contrast, is mainly distributed in the form of colored tablets.

Become well-informed about molly for your safety and well-being. Today, you will learn:

  • What kind of drug is molly?
  • What are the side effects of molly?
  • Are there long term effects of molly?
  • Is molly addictive?
  • Addicted to molly? Connect with treatment in Ohio.

What is The Drug Molly?

MDMA, scientifically known as 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine, is recognized by various street names, including molly, ecstasy, and XTC. This synthetic drug possesses both stimulant and hallucinogenic properties. While it was initially employed in the treatment of certain psychological conditions, ongoing research explores its potential therapeutic applications. Nevertheless, MDMA is not currently utilized for medical purposes.

MDMA gained popularity as a recreational drug, especially among younger adults, due to its reputation for enhancing sociability, empathy, euphoria, and its hallucinogenic effects. Many research studies have substantiated these effects. The abuse of MDMA peaked in the late 1990s and early 2000s.

NIDA (National Institute on Drug Abuse) reports that initially, both the powdered and tablet forms of MDMA contained 30% to 40% MDMA, with the remainder comprising cutting agents like lactose, which increased profits for dealers. Today, substances marketed as MDMA are likely even less pure, with various other drugs frequently substituted for MDMA, including:

  • Bath salts (synthetic cathinones)
  • Crystal meth (methamphetamine)
  • Cocaine
  • Ketamine
  • Synthetic hallucinogens like para-methoxyamphetamine
  • Over-the-counter medications

MDMA use has significantly declined since its peak in the 1990s and early 2000s. That said, molly remains a significant and perilous drug of abuse, whether in its diluted or purer forms.

Effects of Molly

Molly can induce a range of both short-term and potentially longer-term effects on individuals who use it. Some of these effects may be pleasurable, while others may be harmful or even life-threatening.

Short-term effects

  • Euphoria: People using molly often experience intense feelings of happiness, well-being, and emotional closeness to others.
  • Increased sociability: MDMA is known for its ability to enhance social interactions and promote empathy and connection with others.
  • Increased energy: The drug can lead to heightened energy levels and a desire to dance or engage in physical activities.
  • Enhanced sensory perception: MDMA can intensify sensory experiences, making music, lights, and touch more pleasurable.
  • Reduced anxiety: Many individuals report decreased anxiety and inhibition, making it easier for them to engage in social settings.
  • Altered perception of time: MDMA can distort sense of time, making hours feel like minutes.

Potential negative short-term effects

  • Dehydration: Molly can lead to increased body temperature and sweating, potentially causing dehydration if someone does not consume enough fluids.
  • Teeth grinding or jaw clenching: MDMA use can result in involuntary teeth grinding or jaw clenching, which may cause dental issues.
  • Nausea and vomiting: Some individuals experience nausea and may vomit during or after MDMA use.
  • Muscle tension: MDMA can lead to muscle tension and soreness.
  • Difficulty sleeping: Many people find it challenging to sleep after taking molly, which can lead to exhaustion or the use of other drugs to induce sleep.

Long-term effects and risks

  • Depression and anxiety: Repeated use of MDMA can contribute to mood disorders, including depression and anxiety.
  • Memory and cognitive issues: Chronic use of molly may result in memory problems and cognitive impairment.
  • Sleep disturbances: Persistent sleep difficulties can arise from MDMA use.
  • Cardiovascular issues: MDMA can strain the heart and lead to cardiovascular problems, especially in individuals with preexisting conditions.
  • Neurological damage: Some research suggests that molly may have neurotoxic effects, potentially causing long-term damage to serotonin-producing neurons.
  • Addiction: While the addictive potential of MDMA is still debated, some individuals may develop a psychological dependence on the drug.

Approach any use of Molly with caution and awareness of these potential effects and risks. MDMA is illegal in many places and should only be used under the guidance of a medical professional if it is being considered for research or therapeutic purposes. Responsible and informed decision-making is crucial to minimize the potential harm associated with MDMA use.

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Can You Overdose on Molly?

While rare, a fatal overdose solely from ecstasy is possible, albeit uncommon. Sometimes, even a single dose of ecstasy can trigger life-threatening complications.

A molly overdose constitutes a medical emergency. If you suspect that you or someone else may be overdosing, promptly dial 911 for immediate assistance.

Molly is often consumed in conjunction with other substances, heightening the risk of overdose. Beyond this, variations in the drug’s chemical composition and psychoactive components can further increase the likelihood of severe health consequences.

Molly Overdose Symptoms

Indications that suggest a potential molly overdose include:

  • Abnormally elevated blood pressure
  • Feelings of dizziness or faintness
  • Episodes of panic attacks
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Seizures

Molly Withdrawal

While there is no formally recognized withdrawal syndrome associated with molly, some individuals who use the drug regularly and over extended periods have reported experiencing specific symptoms when they make abrupt attempts to cease or reduce their usage.

Researchers continue to grapple with conflicting perspectives on the addictive potential of ecstasy. Evidence suggests that the drug influences several brain regions similarly to other substances known for their addictive properties.

Additionally, there are anecdotal accounts of individuals persisting in their use of ecstasy despite experiencing adverse consequences, developing tolerance, enduring withdrawal symptoms, and battling intense cravings – all hallmark signs of addiction, clinically described as substance use disorder.

Molly Withdrawal Symptoms

Withdrawal symptoms associated with molly use can vary in intensity and duration, depending on factors such as the frequency and duration of use. Common molly withdrawal symptoms may include:

  • Depression: Feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and low mood are prevalent during molly withdrawal.
  • Anxiety: Individuals may experience heightened anxiety, restlessness, and nervousness as they come off the drug.
  • Irritability: Mood swings, irritability, and a short temper can be part of the withdrawal process.
  • Fatigue: Many people feel extremely tired and lethargic during molly withdrawal.
  • Difficulty concentrating: Cognitive difficulties, such as trouble concentrating or thinking clearly, can be experienced.
  • Cravings: Intense cravings for molly can be a significant challenge during withdrawal, contributing to the risk of relapse.
  • Insomnia: Difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep is common during molly withdrawal.
  • Loss of appetite: A decreased desire to eat may occur, leading to weight loss in some cases.
  • Mood swings: Emotional instability and unpredictable mood swings can be part of the withdrawal experience.
  • Social isolation: Individuals may withdraw from social activities and isolate themselves from friends and family.

Molly withdrawal symptoms can vary from person to person, and not everyone will experience all of these symptoms. Seeking professional help and support from addiction specialists or mental health professionals is highly advisable when attempting to quit molly, as they can provide guidance and assistance in managing withdrawal symptoms and achieving recovery. Additionally, a supportive network of friends and family can be instrumental in the recovery process.

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Getting Help for Molly Addiction at Ohio Recovery Centers

If you have been abusing molly, we can help you fight back at Ohio Recovery Centers, even if you have developed an MDMA addiction. We specialize in the outpatient treatment of all types of addictions at our drug rehab in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Most people addicted to molly find that outpatient treatment offers the most flexible and affordable pathway to sustained recovery. For those who require more support and structure than a traditional outpatient program, we also offer an IOP (intensive outpatient program).

All treatment programs combine holistic and science-backed therapies for a whole-body approach to recovery from molly addiction. Call 877-679-2132 today to kickstart your recovery.

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Joseph Gilmore

Joseph Gilmore has been working in the addiction industry for half a decade and has been writing about addiction and substance abuse treatment during that time. He has experience working for facilities all across the country. Connect with Joe on LinkedIn.
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Christopher Glover CDCA

My name is Christopher Glover, and I am from Cincinnati, Ohio. I am currently in school and working to grow in competence to better support our community. As a recovering individual I know the struggles that you or a loved one can go through and that there is help for anything you may be struggling with.

The hardest part is asking for help and we are here as a team to best support you and your decision to start your journey towards a better future. Connect with Chris on LinkedIn

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Amanda Kuchenberg PRS CDCA

I recently joined Ohio Community Health Recovery Centers as a Clinical Case Manager. I am originally from Wisconsin but settled in the Cincinnati area in my early 20s.  My career started in the fashion industry but quickly changed as I searched to find my drive and passion through helping others who struggle with addiction. 

As someone who is also in recovery, I wanted to provide hope, share lived experience, and support others on their journey.  I currently have my Peer Recovery Support Supervision Certification along with my CDCA and plan to continue my education with University of Cincinnati so I can continue to aid in the battle against substance addiction. Connect with Amanda on LinkedIn.

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Patrick McCamley LCDC III

 Patrick McCamley (Clinical Therapist) is a Cincinnati native who has worked in substance use disorder/co-occurring mental health disorder treatment since 2019. Patrick received his bachelors degree in psychology from University of Cincinnati in 2021 and received his LCDC III (Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor) license from the Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board in 2022. Patrick has worked in Clinical Operations, Clinical Case Management, and Clinical Therapy throughout his career.

Patrick has tremendous empathy and compassion for the recovery community, being in recovery himself since 2018. Patrick is uniquely qualified to be helpful because of the specific combination of his academic background and his own experience in recovery.

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Bill Zimmerman CDCA

Bill Zimmerman is a Greater Cincinnati Area native who has worked in substance use disorder/co-occurring mental health disorder treatment since 2018. Bill received his (Chemical Dependency Counselor Assistant) license from the Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board in 2020.

Bill has worked in Clinical Operations in both support and supervision, and Program facilitating and 12 step recovery support during his career. Bill has a passion for the recovery community, having been in recovery himself since 1982. Connect with Bill on LinkedIn

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Taylor Lilley CDCA, PRS

Growing up in Louisiana with addiction running rampant on both sides of my family. A life away from drugs and alcohol seemed impossible for someone like me. I remember what it was like sitting across from someone thinking there is no way they could ever understand what I was going through.

Sharing my experience offers a credibility and a certain type of trust with clients that only someone who has walked down this road can illustrate. To immerse myself further into the field of addiction, I am currently studying at Cincinnati State for Human and Social Services.  I hope I never forget where I came from, if I can do it, so can you!

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Thomas Hunter LSW

Hello my name is Thomas Hunter. I was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. I am a licensed social worker.In my scope of practice I have worked in the areas of mental health and recovery for thirty years. The clients I have worked with in my career have ranged in age from seven to seventy.

I strive each day to serve my purpose of helping those in need and I believe I do so by utilizing all of my experiences to accomplish my goal of supporting those who desire to establish their sobriety and maintain it in their recovery. Connect with Thomas on LinkedIn.

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Mary D.Porter,LICDC

 My name is Mary D. Porter. I received my Masters of Social Work in 2008 from The University of Cincinnati. I received My Licensed Independent Chemical Dependency Counselor Licensure in 2001. I retired from The Department of Veteran Affairs Medical Center on April 14, 2014. Currently, I am the Associate Clinical Director for The Ohio Community Health Recovery Centers in Cincinnati.. Due to the fourth wave of the Opioid Epidemic in 2019,  I decided to enter back into the workforce to assist the addicted population.

The overdoses were astounding and I wanted to help.  I consider myself  to be an advocate for the addicted population. My compassion, resilience, empathy, wisdom, knowledge, experience and  love I have for this forgotten population goes beyond words. I consider what I do for the addicted population as a calling versus a “career,” because I too was once an “addict and alcoholic.” Today I am 45.5 years alcohol and substance free.

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Ben Lemmon LCDC III

Hello, my name is Ben Lemmon, and I’m the Vice President and Clinical Director at Ohio Community Health Recovery Centers. I’ve been working in the addiction and mental health field since 2013 and decided to enter the field after overcoming my own challenges with addiction.

When I first meet a client, I always explain to them that the reason we are meeting is because they are not capable of obtaining or maintaining sobriety, and my goal is to create a person that can maintain sobriety. I believe a person’s personality is made up of their thoughts, feelings and actions and my job is to help clients identify the thoughts, feelings and actions that have them disconnected from recovery and provide them with the tools to live a healthy and happy life. Connect with Ben on LinkedIn