Molly is a slang term for the synthetic drug 3,4-methylenedioxy-methamphetamine (MDMA). The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that MDMA produces altered mood and perception states. Its effects include feelings of empathy, love, pleasure, and sexual arousal. However, the drug can also have serious health effects like liver, kidney, or heart failure—and even death. Read on to learn more about Molly and its side effects.
The Drug Molly: What is It?
Molly, Ecstacy, and XTC are all names for MDMA. The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that MDMA is a synthetic drug that alters your mood and awareness of surrounding objects. It also produces a “high” similar to stimulants like amphetamines, and can cause hallucinations like the drugs mescaline and LSD.
Molly is a popular party drug. “Individuals who take Molly often describe euphoria. They feel wakefulness, excitement, and disinhibition,” Monty Ghosh, MD, addiction specialist at the University of Alberta Hospital in Edmonton, tells WebMD Connect to Care.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, Molly acts by altering chemicals in your brain and produces effects like:
- Emotional closeness
- Elevated empathy and trust
- Sexual arousal
- Increased energy
However, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration declared an emergency ban on MDMA in 1985, and added it to the list of Schedule I drugs. This designation means that the drug has no current medical uses and has a high potential for addiction.
Side Effects of Molly
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The National Institute on Drug Abuse notes that MDMA’s effect on brain chemicals can also produce negative effects, such as:
- Increased sweating
Although Molly’s effects typically last 3-6 hours, some effects can also linger for longer, and users sometimes experience the following symptoms during the weeks after using it:
- Impulsiveness or aggression
- Memory and attention problems
- Decreased interest and pleasure from sex
- Sleep disturbances
- Drug cravings
High doses of Molly can also affect the temperature regulation of your body. This may lead to a sudden rise in body temperature that can cause liver, kidney, or heart failure, and even death.