MDMA, Ecstasy and Molly
MDMA, also known as “molly” and “ecstasy” are club drugs that give users a sense of euphoria. MDMA is made up of the chemical compound, methylenedioxy-methamphetamine. Ecstasy and molly may only be partly MDMA and often also have ketamine, heroin or cocaine mixed in them.
The drug works as a hybrid between a stimulant and hallucinogen. People who take the drug experience an increase in energy, and the neurotransmitter serotonin is released in the brain, which causes a short-term, elevated mood.
As people continue to use MDMA more often, a physical dependence forms due to the brain relying on MDMA to know when to release serotonin. When the drug is not present, the brain stops releasing any serotonin and people begin experiencing depression.
MDMA, like all other illicit drugs, is not always pure. Ecstasy or molly can have ketamine, methamphetamine, cocaine, and other drugs mixed in it. You never know what is in your MDMA pills.
Someone who is addicted to MDMA may become sexually active with multiple partners, have a distorted perception of time, or even seem to be in a euphoric trance.