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7 Good Reasons Not To Do MDMA/Molly (And 1 Reason To Go For It)

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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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  • Eileen

    Wait, molly is just ecstasy? I assumed it was something new (and, honestly, given the girl’s name, that it was some kind of synthetic marijuana), not the drug I’ve known since childhood had pretty terrifying side effects, even when it’s actually the chemical compound you think it is.

    • Sally

      Actually, “Molly” is *supposed* to be “pure” MDMA, while “ecstasy” is the cocktail – base ingredients of most ecstasy pills is *supposed* to be MDMA, speed, & heroin, with other really bad things added in (bleach, as one example). Drugs are bad, kids!!

  • m3gatr0n

    Alcohol has killed many more people than molly yet you suggest readers drink instead?

    • Samantha_Escobar

      Drinking doesn’t have to be unhealthy, generally speaking; I didn’t suggest readers go and binge drink. Alcohol is monitored by the FDA, it can be incorporated into daily life in a normal manner and it’d be pretty crazy to spontaneously find alcohol laced with, say, speed (which ecstasy frequently is). I suggest swapping for moderate drinking; I don’t advocate for doing 10 shots in a row. That’d be like saying every time somebody recommends a cheeseburger recipe, they’re suggesting readers binge eat until they get diabetes.

    • andyh345

      Yes but the reason people take MDMA is because they want to get a better feeling than alcohol gives you, this is the most stupid discussion I have ever seen. People have a choice, if they wanted cocktails then they would get cocktails :S