MDMA, 3,4-Methylenedioxymethamphetamine, commonly known as ecstasy or molly, is a psychoactive drug primarily used for recreational purposes. The desired effects include altered sensations, increased energy, empathy, as well as pleasure. When taken by mouth, effects begin in 30 to 45 minutes and last 3 to 6 hours.
Understanding Ecstasy, MDMA, And Molly
Ecstasy is a street name for a version of MDMA, or 3,4 Methylenedioxy-Methamphetamine. It is an illegal and man-made drug classified as a Stimulant with potentially Hallucinogenic properties. Molly is another name for MDMA. Both Ecstasy and Molly are made from MDMA, but Ecstasy is used to describe a version in pill or tablet form while Molly refers to a white powder or crystalline substance. Ecstasy addiction and abuse can be fatal.
What Does Ecstasy Do?
This drug works by boosting the activity of three brain chemicals called neurotransmitters: dopamine, serotonin, and norepinephrine.3 These chemicals play a part in a variety of functions such as mood, energy level, appetite, trust, sexual activity, emotions, and sleep.
People who use ecstasy report feelings of euphoria, warmth, openness, and clarity as well as heightened sensations of touch, sound, and smell. Some people report feeling energetic and uninhibited.
Fast facts on this drug?
Here are some key points about this drug. More information is in the main article.
This drug is perceived as a safe party drug, but its effects can be lethal
Tablets sold as pure ecstasy often contain highly toxic additives.
This drug can interfere with the body’s ability to regulate temperature, and it can raise the heart rate to a dangerous level.
The adverse after-effects of ecstasy can be felt for a week or more.
How MDMA (Ecstasy/Molly) is Used
Most people who use this drug take it in a pill, tablet, or capsule. The pills can be different colors and sometimes have cartoon-like images on them. Some people take more than one pill at a time, called “bumping.” The popular term “Molly” (slang for molecular) refers to the pure crystalline powder form of this drug, usually sold in capsules. But this is mostly a marketing gimmick—testing on “Molly” seized by police shows a variety of other ingredients.