What is Molly? What Are The Symptoms of Molly, and Is Ecstasy Addictive?
Molly is a synthetic drug, very similar to ecstasy, that has seen recently popularity due to the growing pop and electronic music scene, as well as the rise in popularity of raves. Typically referred to as a party drug, for good reason, Molly, or MDMA, can cause rather specific behavior that make the physical symptoms of molly use easy to spot.
What are the Physical Symptoms of Molly Use? How Can I Spot a Molly User’s Behavior?
Similarly to the rise of cocaine in the 80’s, MDMA gained a lot of traction as a party drug due to the energy that it gives users. But unlike cocaine, Molly packages the energy boost with feelings of euphoria and an overall feeling of closeness and openness with everyone around the user. Molly user’s behavior is defined by the overtly friendliness, excess energy, and raised temperature associated with the drug. While generally taken orally, MDMA can be insufflated and injected as well, though these methods of taking the drug are much more rare in comparison.
Why Should I Be Worried About MDMA Usage and Long Term Molly Symptoms?
While recent studies have shown therapeutic benefits of supervised MDMA use for patients with PTSD, there are some major health risks associated with the drug. Like any stimulant, MDMA takes a major toll on the user’s body. When looking at Molly specifically, we see an increased risk of overheating, which can lead to death if not managed. MDMA is a powerful stimulant, and there have been a number of cited cases in which rave attendees have had their temperature raised to dangerous levels, only for it to go unnoticed until it was too late. Fortunately, many nightclubs and rave scenes have noticed this, and now supply users with so-called “chill rooms” which allows users to better manage their temperatures and avoid dehydration by breaking away from the hot mass of people on the dance floor. Unfortunately, some users still do not take advantage of these options, or the venue simply doesn’t provide these options. Either way, there is still a major risk of heart failure, dehydration, and overheating whenever MDMA is used.
A single dose of Molly lasts for approximately six hours, which means users will take the drug more than once over the course of one night out. The side-effects the drug are used to achieve are as follows:
- Openness and Friendliness
- Loss of Inhibition and Increased Empathy
- Stimulation and Increased Energy
- Altered Perceptions of Light and Sound
Physical Symptoms of Molly Abuse
MDMA creates the euphoric sensation it gives users by making the brain release significant amounts of serotonin, one of the major reward chemicals in the human brain. Unfortunately, this can lead to very harsh comedowns, or withdrawals from the drug. This is largely due to the body’s inability to keep up with production of serotonin after Molly use. Molly user’s behavior as the drug leaves their system is much more sluggish and depressed in comparison to their behavior on the drug, and regular uses poses serious risk of mental illness development as well as a number of other long-term molly symptoms. Here’s a brief list of the negative side effects and physical symptoms of molly abuse:
- Upset Stomach, Vomiting and Nausea
- Unnatural or Shifting Body Temperature
- Grinding Teeth or Clenched Jaw
- Blurred Vision or Trouble Focusing
- Distortion of Time Passed
- Trouble Sleeping
- Depression or Mood Swings
- Excessive Sweating
- Increased Anxiety
- Risky Behavior or Poor Decision Making
- Increased Blood Pressure and Heart Rate
Is Ecstasy Addictive?
Is ecstasy addictive? Well, molly can be very addicted for people the first few times they use it. This is largely caused by the excitement involved in the drug’s effects, and has less to do with forming a physical dependance. However, after numerous uses of the drug, it can spiral into a physical dependance very quickly. Because MDMA causes a reduction in serotonin and depression, user’s may find themselves taking Molly regularly just to avoid withdrawals, similar to the way heroin users take drugs to avoid feeling “sick”.
As with any addiction, Molly symptoms and the obsession that surrounds it can ruin a person’s health, finances, and mental health. If you think you may be struggling with MDMA addiction or know someone else who is, we encourage you to get in contact with a counselor to discuss your options. Take your life back, don’t succumb to the dangers of drug addiction.
If you or a loved one needs help with abuse and/or treatment, please call the White Sands Tampa at (877) 640-7820. Our addiction specialists can assess your recovery needs and help you get the addiction treatment that provides the best chance for your long-term recovery.