What is MDMA?
3,4-methylenedioxy-methamphetamine (MDMA) is a synthetic drug that alters mood and perception (awareness of surrounding objects and conditions). It is chemically similar to both stimulants and hallucinogens, producing feelings of increased energy, pleasure, emotional warmth, and distorted sensory and time perception.pure mdma, molly x, snorting molly, molly crystals, molly powder, black molly drug
MDMA was initially popular in the nightclub scene and at all-night dance parties (“raves”), but the drug now affects a broader range of people who more commonly call the drug Ecstasy or Molly.
MDMA tablets in various colors.
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MDMA tablets in various colors.
How do people use MDMA?
People who use MDMA usually take it as a capsule or tablet, though some swallow it in liquid form or snort the powder. The popular nickname Molly (slang for “molecular”) often refers to the supposedly “pure” crystalline powder form of MDMA, usually sold in capsules. However, people who purchase powder or capsules sold as Molly often actually get other drugs such as synthetic cathinones (“bath salts”) instead (see “Added Risk of MDMA”).
Some people take MDMA in combination with other drugs such as alcohol or marijuana.
How does MDMA affect the brain?
MDMA increases the activity of three brain chemicals:pure mdma, molly x, snorting molly, molly crystals, molly powder, black molly drug
Dopamine—produces increased energy/activity and acts in the reward system to reinforce behaviors
Norepinephrine—increases heart rate and blood pressure, which are particularly risky for people with heart and blood vessel problems
Serotonin—affects mood, appetite, sleep, and other functions. It also triggers hormones that affect sexual arousal and trust. The release of large amounts of serotonin likely causes the emotional closeness, elevated mood, and empathy felt by those who use MDMA.
Molly is an alternate name for MDMA—an acronym for the chemical named 3,4-methylenedioxy-methamphetamine—a synthetic drug similar to a stimulant and a hallucinogen. It produces feelings of increased energy, pleasure, emotional warmth and distorted sensory and time perception.
MDMA, an off-white powder or crystal, does not bind well into pill form, so Ecstasy, typically sold as a pill, includes fillers to maintain its shape. But, “Molly,” short for “molecular,” the nickname of the “pure” form of MDMA, is usually in a capsule, which holds the powder without fillers. However, Molly is anything but pure. It’s often mixed with other drugs like synthetic bath salts, cocaine, meth and Ritalin. This leads to dangerous and sometimes deadly side effects. In a four-year period, only 13 percent of Molly seized in New York State contained any MDMA.pure mdma, molly x, snorting molly, molly crystals, molly powder, black molly drug
olly stimulates three brain chemicals: dopamine, which produces more energy; norepinephrine, which increases heart rate and blood pressure; and serotonin, which affects mood, appetite and sleep. Effects last from three to six hours and can include nausea, muscle cramping, blurred vision, chills and sweating. In the week following, the user may experience irritability, aggression, depression, sleep problems, anxiety, memory and attention problems, decreased appetite and decreased interest in and pleasure from sex.