You may have heard about the recent deaths involving MDMA during electronic music festival Electric Zoo, as well as other events. While I realize that lots of people use MDMA (also known as “Molly,” as referenced in Miley Cyrus‘ single “We Can’t Stop,”) without experiencing horrific tragedies, it is still a highly dangerous drug, particularly when mixed with other substances — which it frequently is, often without the user realizing it.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, MDMA is defined as follows:
MDMA (3,4-methylenedioxy-methamphetamine), popularly known as ecstasy, is a synthetic, psychoactive drug that has similarities to both the stimulant amphetamine and the hallucinogen mescaline. It produces feelings of increased energy, euphoria, emotional warmth and empathy toward others, and distortions in sensory and time perception.
Like I said: While you may hear stories of how fantastic it is and how fun and how wonderful, just keep in mind that that was one person’s experience and not necessarily your own. In fact, since people’s brain chemistries vary so greatly that, in addition to other factors like your mindset, surroundings, medical conditions and plenty more, you are probably not going to have the exact same experience as another person. Just skip it and, if you are still in the mood for a fun switch-up from sobriety, try some of the snazzy cocktail recipes (we write about ‘em all the time!) instead.
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