Molly is a street name for the psychoactive drug “MDMA,” acronym for the chemical name 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine, a chemical drug most commonly known for its use in the pressed pill Ecstasy. It also goes by the names “Legal E,” “Legal X” or “A2.” An off-white powder generally found in a gelatin capsule, molly is an extremely dangerous drug and is the name given to what users believe to be pure MDMA.
MDMA acts as a stimulant and a psychedelic, according to the DEA. After being taken, molly produces euphoria, making users feel elated, empathic and full of energy. Molly has properties similar to the stimulant effects of Ecstasy; but when taken in larger doses, it can promote hallucinogenic reactions. This creates a greater risk to young adults who have taken Ecstasy previously and accidentally overdose on molly by trying to achieve the hallucinogenic effects of it. Although death caused by molly or MDMA is a rare occurrence, a possible overdose can result in a number of negative effects, most likely vomiting, headaches, dizziness and blurred vision. In addition, molly can also cause increased heart rate, blood pressure and body temperature.
The stimulant properties of molly are likely to lead to addiction. More so, if it is cut with another stimulant such as cocaine or amphetamine, the addictiveness increases. As the body becomes dependent on the stimulant effects of the drug, it leads the body to crash after the drug wears off. Users will feel the urge to take another dose in order to get the stimulant effect again.
MDMA reaches maximal concentrations in the blood stream between 1.5 and 3 hours after ingestion. It is then slowly metabolized and excreted, with levels of MDMA and its metabolites decreasing to half their peak concentration over approximately 8 hours. Depending on various factors like age, weight, dosage and purity of the drug, and body metabolism of the person, MDMA stays in your system between 3 to 5 days after consumption. In urine tests, the traces of drug are visible for 1 to 3 days after consumption. Typically, the human body metabolizes MDMA within 48 hours. Multi-drug test kits are available in the market to detect for different illicit drugs like MDMA, the chemical substance that molly is made from.