Molly. It’s not what you think it is. If you simply Google “Molly,” articles will pop up claiming that the drug is pure MDMA, which is ecstasy’s active ingredient.
People get wrapped up in the idea that Molly is safe because of its “purity.” They even go so far as to say it’s good for you since MDMA was originally used to treat depression back in the day. But today, Molly isn’t pure MDMA – it’s now found to be a toxic, random, undisclosed mixture of chemicals created in a drug lab somewhere. Basically, it’s about as far from pure as it could get.
Pure or not, no drug is safe. But it appears that Molly is even worse than we thought.
Let’s dig a little deeper.
7 Things We Should All Know About Molly
1. What is actually in Molly?
Most people using Molly are ingesting some pretty dangerous synthetic chemicals that have not been tested, and are produced in a range of strengths. The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) makes a startling announcement: Only 13% of the Molly seized in the state of New York in the past four years actually contained any MDMA at all. And even in those rare cases, the MDMA was mixed with other drugs and chemicals.
2. What does Molly do?
The chemicals created in labs mimic the effects of MDMA. Most of these effects on the central nervous system, and they result in stimulation that leads to euphoric highs. Things like rapid heartbeat, high blood pressure, blood vessel constriction, and sweating occur. Some of the chemicals have even resulted in things like intense panic attacks, psychosis, and seizures. After these effects wear off, a user may experience devastating depression.
3. Who uses Molly?
Molly is heavily marketed to young, first-time drug users, usually in the age range of 12 to 17. It’s also a popular drug among electronic dance music (EDM) fans who attend raves and festivals. They also are tricked into believing they’re getting MDMA.
4. What does Molly look like?
Molly, like many drugs, can take many forms. It’s usually in a capsule or powder form. There are also reports of the drug being applied to blotting paper, like LSD, or even as an injectable drug.
5. What makes Molly so dangerous?
Molly is so dangerous because of the extremely toxic mixture of unknown chemicals. Both those who create and those who consume the drug have no idea what they’re really taking or at what dose they’re taking it. A lot of other illegal drugs have been studied extensively and there is a relative understanding of how those drugs affect the body. But Molly, since every bath is essentially different, has unknown reactions and affects in the human body, making it even more dangerous. Beyond that, synthetic drugs are always changing, as manufacturers continually alter the chemicals in them, without knowing in any way what will happen to the user.
Officials have found completely different ingredients in batches within the same packaging. On top of that, the number of active ingredients can be extremely different, given that doses for each component are in the micrograms, leaving plenty of room for error. This room for error equates to death in some cases.
6. Where do the chemicals come from?
Nearly all the chemicals in Molly – and many other synthetic drugs – come from laboratories in China. Chinese chemists sell them online, middlemen in the United States (and all over) cut them in with other substances, and then the result is sold in capsules or powder.
It’s really tricky when it comes to law enforcement keeping track of all the chemicals in these synthetic drugs. According to the DEA, about 200 individual chemical compounds have come to the surface since 2009, and just 80 new compounds since 2012. As soon as one compound is discovered and banned, chemists are hard at work coming up with a new compound to take its place.
The kicker is that these compounds were initially discovered by legitimate scientists working on new medications – trying to make the world a better place. When the hallucinogenic or stimulant effects of these compounds were discovered, they were unable to be used as medicine. But those drug ‘recipes’ still circulated.
Now drug chemists have used the scientific literature on these compounds to create hundreds of new ones for the entire purpose of getting people high.
7. How widespread is the Molly problem?
To say the widespread is huge would be an understatement. The synthetic drug market is highly evolving and quickly moving issue in the United States. In every state, chemicals in Molly have been found. In just two days, the DEA seized $95 million worth of drugs off of traffickers. It’s a big deal – a multibillion-dollar business.
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