For over two decades, Molly has been the preeminent party drug of teens and millennials. With pop culture’s glamorization of the illegal substance in a variety of songs by artists ranging from Rick Ross and Kanye West to Miley Cyrus and Rihanna, the drug’s popularity continues to rise.

Molly, the abbreviated name for Molecule, is a more pure form of the substance methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA), available in crystalline or powder form.  Originally, a staple at most clubs and raves in the 1990s and 2000s, the substance is now more mainstream and used in many types of social situation.


Ecstasy, another form of Molly, was first created in 1912 by German chemist Anton Köllisch. MDMA was hardly utilized until the 1970s when pharmacologist Alexander Shulgin resynthesized the chemical to be used by psychotherapists. Shulgin trained thousands of therapists on how to integrate MDMA into their treatment programs, prompting their patients to vocalize their deepest thoughts. However, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) never approved the substance for human use. The drug has now trickled into everyday society and is being used for recreational purposes. [1]

The FDA states that Molly binds to serotonin transporters in the brain, altering the brain’s neurochemistry creating a dangerous and unpredictable tornado of possible side-effects. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) reported that in some states, there has been a 100-fold increase in the number of combined arrests, seizures, emergency room mentions and overdoses, related to Molly, between 2009 and 2012. [2]


The DEA has dubbed Molly as a Schedule 1 controlled substance. This means that Molly is associated with no medical use and has a high potential for misuse. Since the drug is formulated illegally, no set standards of what ingredients and amounts to compose the concoction exist. Leaving users of Molly unsure of what they’ve ingested. Users take Molly for its prolonged “euphoria.” However, due to its recent rise in popularity, the medical community and the general public are searching for its long-term effects. A variety of known short-term side effects include:

  • Depression
  • Confusion
  • Muscle Tension
  • Teeth Clenching
  • High Body Temperature: This can lead to organ failure and death
  • Increased Heart Rate and Blood Pressure


Countless teen deaths have been attributed to this highly dangerous substance from California and Florida to Virginia and New York. One of the most dangerous factors coinciding with Molly usage is that the people, mostly teenagers, using the substance believe it to be safe, which it is not. Molly is particularly dangerous because most people mix it with additional substances such as alcohol and caffeine, creating a dangerous and deadly mixture.

If you or a loved one is struggling with Molly, contact the National Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Information Center (NASAIC).  Molly can cause death with just one use, don’t be another statistic. Please call (800) 784-6776 or contact us through online form. We will recommend the leading drug and alcohol rehab centers for you or your loved one.


[1] http://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/mdma-ecstasy-abuse/brief-history-mdma

[2] http://healthland.time.com/2013/09/03/concert-deaths-five-myths-about-th…