Ecstasy has maintained its popularity among Aussies as a party drug, but how well do people really know their molly? These seven facts will surprise you.
The illegal psychoactive drug Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA), commonly referred to as molly or ecstasy, is often associated with the party circuit and wild nights out. With around 10% of Aussies over the age of 14 having tried molly at least once, ecstasy is one of the most commonly used drugs in the country. People generally take molly to enhance their mood, but at The Cabin Melbourne, we see the negative impacts are far more dangerous than most users realise. We offer tailor-made treatment programmes specifically designed to help you or someone you know stop taking ecstasy.
Read on for the crucial facts that every Australian needs to know about this dangerous drug.
Fact 1: Molly Goes by Many Names
A regular at clubs, raves, and parties, molly goes is also know known as:
- X, E or XTC
- Disco biscuits
- Malcolm or Malcolm X
- Vitamin E or Vitamin X
All of these names are used to indicate a drug containing methylenedioxymethamphetamine, or MDMA, a synthetic compound that acts as a stimulant, speeding up messages between the brain and the body.
Fact 2: Molly Comes in Many Forms
Though molly often comes in a pill form, the colours and imprints on the pill vary. Tablets are often stamped with a particular symbol or shape to help build a following for pills made in specific labs. Molly can also be found in capsule, powder or crystal form. Crystal ecstasy has become a favoured drug for Aussie partygoers, with 60% of regular users preferring it to other forms.
Fact 3: Molly Isn’t Always Molly… Especially in Australia
In a recent study, only 16% of molly pills in Australia were found to contain pure MDMA. Other substances such as MDXX (a chemical similar to MDMA), speed, ketamine, piperazine (a meth-like stimulant), synthetic cathinones (often known as ‘bath salts’), cough suppressants and even household cleaning products were found in pills sold as MDMA. Nearly 25% of molly tested in Australia came up positive for unknown substances, meaning that pills may have a range of surprising ill-effects—and could even be lethal.
Fact 4: Molly Has Been Around for a While
Molly was first created in 1912 as a compound to synthesise medicines that control bleeding, though other sources indicate it was initially considered as a diet drug. It gained recognition among psychiatrists in the late 1970s and early 80s as a ‘communication enhancer’ for patients, despite the fact that the drug had yet to undergo formal clinical trials or be legally approved.
In the mid-1980s, around the same time it was gaining popularity on the club scene, Australia declared MDMA illegal due to its harmful effects and potential for abuse. In Possession of molly, even for personal or recreational use, can result in both fines and prison time.
Fact 5: The High Can Be More than You Bargained For
Molly’s high sets in around 20 minutes to an hour after it is taken, with a wide range of potential effects on the user. The high depends on many factors, such as the strength and content of the ecstasy, the amount taken, and the physical size of the user. Some possible effects include:
- Enhanced sense of well-being and emotional warmth
- Increased extroversion and empathy
- Large pupils
- Teeth clenching and grinding
- Heightened senses
- Sweating and tingling
- Rapid heartbeat
- Muscle aches
- Nausea and vomiting
- Heat stroke
- Drinking extreme amounts of water
Molly brings on a variety of serious consequences if combined with other drugs, such as anti-depressants, alcohol or methamphetamines, especially when it is unclear as to what the pill itself may contain.
Fact 6: The Comedown is Brutal
When molly wears off, the levels of serotonin in the brain plummet. As serotonin plays a critical role in the regulation of mood, sleep, appetite and pain, the lack of it leaves users feeling depressed, anxious and irritable. The comedown tends to last at least a day and can even drag on for a week. Continued use of molly, and the recurring depletion of serotonin levels, can lead to lasting problems with cognition, memory and depression.
Fact 7: Molly Can Kill You
Though rare, it is possible to die from a single dose of molly. MDMA interferes with the body’s ability to regulate temperature; deaths are often related to heat stroke and severe dehydration. In some cases, people high on molly consume extreme amounts of water and actually die from over-hydration.
Other molly-related deaths are connected to adverse reactions from other substances used as fillers. These bad batches have resulted in increased mortality rates among molly users, and underscore the risk associated with even casual use.
Treatment is an Option: The Cabin Melbourne Can Help
Most people who use molly will say that they are not addicted to it and only use it recreationally. However, about 25% of users will take it at least once a week, and over 40% will ‘binge’, staying up for two days or more without sleep. This type of problematic use can have serious and lasting effects on the brain.
At The Cabin Melbourne, we specialise in the treatment of molly misuse. Our world-class outpatient facility allows you to get the help you need while maintaining your regular work, school, or family commitments. We have a team of highly qualified addiction specialists who are experienced in coaching people through the recovery process.
Our treatment programmes are designed to specifically address the needs of each individual client. We use an innovative and holistic Recovery Zones method that works not only on the addiction itself, but the behaviours, thoughts and emotions that sustain it. This type of treatment boasts a 96% completion rate, helping clients reclaim a healthy, fulfilling life.
For those needing a total separation from potential triggers, The Cabin Chiang Mai offers a secluded and beautiful residential treatment centre in the lush mountains of northern Thailand where clients can focus completely on their recovery.
Continued use of molly will inevitably lead to shorter highs and much longer lows. If you’re ready for this comedown to be your last, contact us today.