The drugs Molly and Ecstasy became popular back in the 1990’s during raves because of the feeling it gives its users which is normally a feeling of euphoria.

In short, it is a party drug. Like LSD back in the 1960’s, users who use Molly or Ecstasy, mainly use the drug in a casual setting.

Where Does Molly and Ecstasy Come From?

Molly and Ecstasy come from the drug Methylenedioxymethamphetamine better known as MDMA. MDMA is the main ingredient in Ecstasy and Molly. MDMA belongs to the entactogenic class of drugs, meaning they are psychoactive drugs. MDMA belongs specifically to the amphetamine and phenethylamine class of drugs. The purpose of the drug is to induce euphoria, it diminishes a user’s anxiety and create a false sense of closeness with other people.

There are some therapeutic benefits to these drugs. Researchers are now also testing the drugs as a possible treatment for PTSD or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. These drugs can also be used in the future to lessen the stress experienced by terminal cancer patients.

Molly and Ecstasy have many uses and potentially could be used for good, but for the most part, the drug is for recreational purposes. Basically, it is used for a feel good momentary high. In other countries, these drugs are criminalized under a United Nations agreement. In other countries, those that manufacture, possess, or sell any of these drugs, can be prosecuted unless they are licensed to manufacture, sell, and use these drugs for research and medical purposes.


Molly which was once known “Mandy,” on the streets, because of it is the pure form of MDMA. Molly is mostly bought in powder or crystal form. The pure white color indicates that it is the purest form of MDMA with nothing else added to it. Because of this, Molly cannot be made into a pill form, it can however be made into in gel caps like some aspirin.  Molly normally comes in 100-150 mg which is considered a standard dose for the average user. Molly is often mixed with Ecstasy to give its user what they feel is, a better, stronger type of high.

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Ecstasy or X, ETC or E as it is sometimes called, is brought to the streets in pill form. Ecstasy is the street name given to MDMA’s pill form. Ecstasy is obtained in different forms too, like rolls and capsules.

MDMA was started by a German chemist who wanted to sell the substance as a diet pill. In the early 50’s, the US experimented with MDMA but nothing came of it.

You didn’t hear of the drug again until the late 80’s and early 90’s when it started showing up again at parties called “raves”.

In 2008 alone, between 10-25 million people had used Molly or Ecstasy.

The party drugs also became known in some circles as a date rape drug because it almost goes unnoticed in beverages. Reports started to come out that women were waking up the next day after a night of partying not having a clue of where they were or how they got there.

They were slipped a “Mickey” of either Molly or Ecstasy, a lot of times without the female knowing anything about it. Reports and videos started showing up on the web of women being slipped the drugs without their consent.

Molly and Ecstasy have been known to relax one’s inhibitions which may explain why it may have gone unnoticed.

Molly and Ecstasy remind many people of the drugs LSD and acid, which were used frequently during the 1960’s.

Both drugs have dangerous side effects on its user. Ecstasy can cause one to have anxiety, have respiratory issues, and memory loss just to name a few of the side-effects.

The effects of Molly are even worse. The short-term effects of Molly include anxiety, forgetfulness, tremors, insomnia, headaches, heavy legs etc.

In short, it is not a good idea to try either drug even if it’s just for fun because the effects aren’t worth it.

What’s even more cause for concern is the side effects were worse in women than in men.

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A study done on the effects of Molly was done by Liechti, Gamma, and Vollenweider that was later published by Psychopharmacology back in 2001 found this in their study of 74 healthy men and women:

“Adverse effects were more frequently reported by women compared to men and mainly included jaw clenching or increased tension in maxillary muscles, dry mouth, and lack or loss of appetite. Sweating and nausea were more frequent in men. At the onset of the MDMA effect some subjects reported nausea, hot flushes, paresthesia, and dizziness. Tremor and increased restlessness were observed in about one-third of the subjects. Side effects were generally considered mild and were similar to those reported in previous controlled studies (Vollenweider et al. 1998a) or by Ecstasy users (Peroutka et al. 1988; Solowij et al. 1992). There were no complications requiring medical intervention.”

In reality, there really isn’t that much of a difference between the two drugs other than the form in which they come in. Molly comes more in a powder form and Ecstasy comes in more of a pill form.

The high also may be slightly different between the two drugs as users have reported with Ecstasy the high maybe different from Molly because the way it is cut.

Another thing that may come as a surprise to some as that some users prefer Molly over Ecstasy because of its purity and the fear of what could happen if you take Ecstasy.

One thing is certain, neither drug is good to take even for recreational use. The side-effects alone is not worth the health risk. Although most people use these drugs for fun, take them long enough and they can be just as addictive as cocaine and meth.

So, it is probably in your best interest to stay away from both drugs before it is too late.

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