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Type of Drug

Molly is MDMA (the active ingredient ecstasy) in its purest powder form. It is a synthetic lab made stimulant that has become widely used at dance clubs, concerts, raves, and other festivals of the sort. Users claim that the drug makes environments filled with loud music and bright lights more intense and enjoyable which has led to its growing popularity in these settings. As of 2014 5.6% of 12th graders have admitted to using Molly in their lifetime. This drug is mostly used by young people (18-30) in club environments.


MDMA increases the activity of the three neurotransmitters serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine. The rush of serotonin is what causes the users uplifting mood and increased sexual activity. Users claim after taking molly they experience feelings of euphoria, an increased desire to socialize, a sensation of inner peace, and sometimes mild hallucinations. After the trip has ended the brain is depleted of serotonin causing anxiety, depression, and feelings of becoming irritated easily for weeks to follow.


MDMA is currently illegal in the United States, listed as a Schedule I substance.