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There’s Something About Molly

Miley Cyrus has sung about Molly, claiming she has been “dancing with Molly” in her hit single, “We Can’t Stop.” Other celebrities have also hopped aboard the Molly bandwagon, including Madonna, Lady Gaga, Kanye West, 2 Chainz, Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, Snoop Dogg, and Juicy J. Molly is a hopped-up new version of MDMA, or Ecstasy, and there are facts about Molly you should know before you embrace take Molly out for a twirl.

Even if you don’t listen to electronic music, if you ever go to a night club you might find yourself tempted to take Molly—but watch out, because you could end up dead before dawn. Most people claim that Molly is different from Ecstasy. They claim that Molly is pure MDMA while Ecstasy might be cut. The truth is that either one might be cut.

The name Molly derives from the word molecular, and it started out pretty much the same as Ecstasy. Most often, it’s cut with cocaine or amphetamines, Benadryl or caffeine. Recently, however, toxicologists checking samples from emergency room patients have discovered paint thinner and gasoline in the blood of patients who came in high on Molly.

Most people abuse Ecstasy or Molly in social settings. MDMA causes its users to feel social and euphoric, just the right mood to enjoy a night at a party. The high can last up to six hours, so you can literally dance the night away if you’re holding tight to Molly.

Here are the four biggest things you need to remember:

  1. It’s bad enough that you don’t know what it’s cut with. Don’t compound that danger by taking it with other drugs or alcohol. You have no idea what kind of cocktail you’re mixing up in your body.
  2. Molly causes the body to become dangerously dehydrated. As a result, if you become overheated while you’re partying, you can collapse from hyperthermia or from hyponatremia. The first term means you’re putting your body’s core temperature at a dangerously high level; the second means that during the process of perspiring you are depleting your body’s sodium level to a dangerously low level. Hyponatremia can cause seizures and then liver failure, congestive heart failure, or worse.
  3. Women are at greater risk than men when they take Molly. MDMA increases your body’s production of vasopressin, a hormone that causes the body to retain water, to a greater extent in women than men. That means that as women drink water to rehydrate themselves, they will lack their natural ability to slough it off, and they can actually become sick from water intoxication. Water intoxication actually occurs when the brain senses an imbalance of electrolytes caused by too much hydration and it can result in death.  
  4. People mistakenly think that you take Molly and a few hours later it’s just a fond memory. Testing shows, however, that subjects who took Molly compared with people who used only alcohol demonstrated significant depressed moods even five days later, low enough to constitute a depressive disorder. There were also cognitive failings in the Molly group. Most of these changes likely occurred because Molly interferes with the body’s natural uptake of serotonin.

Scientists really don’t know much about MDMA—either Molly or Ecstasy. Soon after it became popular, the government classified it as a Schedule I drug, meaning it has no medical value whatsoever. Testing on these drugs almost never happens; since the government sees no benefit in knowing more about them, the guidelines for exploration are set prohibitively high, and scientists focus their energies elsewhere.

If you’re dancing with Molly, you need to explore your obsession with it and find an effective way to stop using it. Hopefully, these facts about Molly will be enough to trigger a call to a local rehab facility to get some answers to your questions.

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