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Meet Molly: The Truth About MDMA

Sara Bellum

Recently, Madonna created some buzz when she mentioned “Molly” at Miami’s Ultra Music Festival. Madonna shouted to the audience, “How many people in the crowd have seen Molly?” Madonna was talking about the song “Have You Seen Molly?” by Cedric Gervais. However, “Molly” is also a nickname for MDMA. Many news outlets reported that the legendary pop singer was talking about drugs, not the song. Madonna responded by saying, “I don't support drug use and I never have.”

All About Molly

We were happy to hear that Madonna doesn’t encourage her fans to use MDMA, because it’s a very dangerous drug. MDMA is manmade—similar to the stimulant methamphetamine. It’s commonly used at dance clubs and concerts, and can make people feel like they have more energy and less fear. But the myths about MDMA being pure and safe are definitely not true.

Let us introduce you to the real Molly.

  • Molly Is Often Mixed Up. MDMA is a synthetic drug, meaning that it’s made of chemicals. It comes in colorful pills, tablets, or capsules that sometimes have cartoon-like images on them. Sometimes each pill, or batch of pills, can have different combinations of substances in the mix and cause unknown consequences.
  • Molly Makes You Hyper. People who use MDMA might feel very alert, or “hyper.” But MDMA can also cause muscle cramping, nausea, blurred vision, increased heart rate and blood pressure—and in rare cases, hyperthermia and even death.
  • Molly Can Depress You. Potential side effects of MDMA include feelings of sadness, anxiety, depression, and memory difficulties. These can last for several days to a week (or longer in people who use it regularly).
  • Molly Is Dangerous. MDMA can be extremely dangerous in high doses—increasing the risk of seizures and compromising the heart's ability to maintain its normal rhythms. A study in animals showed that exposure to high doses of MDMA for 4 days produced brain damage that could still be seen 6 to 7 years later.

Ecstasy and MDMA Use Is Rising

Despite these harmful consequences, NIDA’s Monitoring the Future study shows that past-year Ecstasy use is up significantly among college students and young adults age 19–28. Another report shows that emergency room visits related to Ecstasy increased nearly 123% from 2004 to 2009; two-thirds of these visits involved 18–29 year olds. This is troubling news, since we’re still learning how Ecstasy affects the brain.

Tell us what you think of Madonna’s “Molly” mix-up. If Madonna’s comment had been referring to drug use, would that change your opinion of her? Are you more likely to buy her album “MDNA” (coincidentally similar to MDMA) since hearing about this in the news? Let us know in the comments.

Comments

wow...

To add to my comment, I experienced with the Molly when I was still a teen. Since then - Molly is nothing but a peace of chit... They add anything you can imagine to it. From rat poison to hormone growth pills. Don't take that stuff if you are planning on living a normal life
Amen ! I Took It Like A Month Ago At First It Was Great Now I Regret It ! .-.
don't take it anymore because it can cuse brain swelling and brain damage and liver and kidney failure and also if molly is mix with a different drug when you fall asleep you will never wake up its a 50% 50% chance
My son's had some with weed and alcohol? How dangerous
Madonna promotes degenerate behavior. She said full well knowing kids would make the association with the drug? Did she talk about the consequences of using it? How irresponsible of her.
how is that her responsibility?
I've always knew Madonna was evil. She who'll destroy everyone's children including her own she's on a mission from satan
Your crazy. Please don't comment on something you have never tried.
Your crazy for trying it i will never try it n Madonna does work for satan..
i don't think that's true
I am a recovering drug addict from Puna,Hawaii. I will say this I've been there done that, people are going to continue so what they're doing and no matter what others say it wont change majority of addicts minds!! The addict will be ready to change when they are! its nice to see that others care but most times it starts in the home environment and some addicts were fed drugs from an infant being in the womb too
My son just came out of the hospital after taking it. He took 2 capsules. He mixed it with alcohol. He couldn't sleep for 2 days and was so anxious. His heart rate was fast and he was clammy to the touch. He seemed emotional too. His eyes were bulging too. He looked uncomfortably hyper. He started to have problems breathing so we took him to the ER. He was given an IV because he had become severely dehydrated despite the fact he kept drinking water. He was given Ativan because he was so anxious. As a mom, it terrified me. I thought I'd lose him. If you're thinking about taking it, think again, someone loves you and would be heartbroken if you weren't a part of their life anymore.
I was thinking about taking mdma but after reading what you just said I changed my mind
Hey listen. That guy took 2 capsules which is WAY too much, and also drank alcohol. If you start with .5 capsule and make shure it's proper stuff it's fine to take. Please be careful and drink .5 liters of water every hour. Protip: eat a small and salt snack, to keep salt levels in check with the rising water level.
A .5 capsule? That's five times a normal dose. Usually a doss is a .1 or .2 capsule.
so....you want people to think and act rationally while on Molly? really? How about you just don't take it?
How long did it take him to recover back to normal?
Sorry about your son but it sounds like he took some fake stuff & you shouldnt drink when taking mdma. Get a drug testing kit and make sure its real stuff ( real molly doesnt come in compressed pills, that is ecstacy which can be mixed with anything) Sip on a couple bottles of water while rolling. Research a good dosage ( .1 and another .1 90 minutes later) never redose more than once in a night and dont take it more than once every 2-3 months and you"ll be fine. The experience can be extremely amazing. Make sure your with good friends. Education & Moderation is key. Be safe and usually good to have at least one or two sober people around.
How about just not take it at all. :)
I feel sorry for you americans with your stuff thats cut to insane extends. Here in holland basically all you'll find is clean pressed pills with monster amounts of mdma and nothing else for very little. If all you're taking is actual mdma and you're not doing anything overly stupid there's not a lot that can go wrong.
each and every drug has a starting point in nature and so does mdma uses sasafras root in combination with mda of which I do not know the origin but I am quite sure there is one
U go girl estasy is a hobble drug knownim sayin
You guys should teach your kids harm reduction, how to make sure the drugs they are taking are infact the drugs they intended to take. Methamphetamine and MDMA are nothing alike when you tell kids "drugs are bad, drugs will kill you" those are the missinformed missunderstood kids who overdoe or get into trouble and are afraid to ask for help.

I do think Madonna was talking about the drug MDMA, and she is trying to cover it up. I would say that it is a well know fact that alot of famous people(not all) do use drugs because they are so readily available to them. So I would say since she was at a dance club, and give the name of her latest album, she was talking about MDMA.

mdma hase bin around for years just got big i did mdma in the 80's nuthing new just like any thing ell's bin out for years just music makes it bigger
i dont known wat to do because my freinds at school is taking this pill and they want me to takein with them but i look it up and i am scared i dont know what to do should i taken it.????????:(:(help!!!!!!!!

@cece Using molly, a nickname for MDMA, is both illegal and can be dangerous. To learn more about the facts of MDMA visit: http://teens.drugabuse.gov/drug-facts/ecstasy-mdma. There are many ways to have fun with your friends without using illegal drugs.

Below please find a summary of the common effects of MDMA.

For most people, a “hit” of MDMA lasts for 3 to 6 hours. Once the pill is swallowed, it takes only about 15 minutes for MDMA to enter the bloodstream and reach the brain. About 45 minutes later, the person experiences MDMA's “high.” That’s when the drug is at its peak level. People who use MDMA might feel very alert, or “hyper,” at first. Some lose a sense of time and experience other changes in perception, such as an enhanced sense of touch. Others experience negative effects right away. They may become anxious and agitated. Sweating or chills may occur, and people may feel faint or dizzy.

MDMA can also cause muscle tension, nausea, blurred vision, and increased heart rate and blood pressure. Forceful clenching of the teeth can occur, and individuals at clubs have been known to chew on pacifiers to relieve some of the tension.

But it doesn't stop there. Even if a person takes only one pill, the side effects of MDMA—including feelings of sadness, anxiety, depression, and memory difficulties—can last for several days to a week (or longer in people who use MDMA regularly).

Pfft. Again.. if you know for sure that you have pure stuff, which is possible to test for with a testing kit, you should not have an adverse reaction to MDMA. You are a fear mongering and spreading around propaganda, i personally have NEVER felt any of the effects that you say will happen. In fact its always been the total opposite: mass euphoria. Treatment should be increased, abolish mandatory minimum sentences, end the war on drugs.
It would be the worst mistake of ur life
dont do it!!! i was hooked for a min there when i was in HS and its not worth it! i cant get "happy" to save my life! i used up all of the drug serotonin that your brain produces naturally to help you cope with depression. now i am on meds and if i dont take them, im not the same! Molly helps remove the sensor that tells your brain not to release it and you become extremely happy and love everybody! but is a few hours of that really worth getting older and finding out you have holes in your brain from it (ive had ct scans to prove it) and never being happy with anyone, not even your self? if i could take it back i would, but im 26 now and cant change anything, only remember how things were BEFORE the drug but each day that gets harder and harder to remember...
im the same way i started doing mdma when i was fifteen an im twentyone now im hunchback an i hear crackling in my brain all the time an i still grind my teeth i feel lost all the time i zone out every moment of the day
You guys can't be serious
No don't take it , that's BS , I'd be like dude if you want to take it that's on you , but that's not me.
just say no and don't take it
Dont take it!! Dont let anyone pressure you into taking - doing ANYTHING!
ok i wont :)
no. stand up for yourself. if you don;t want to, don;t let peer pressure force you. believe me..drugs are not all they are hyped up to be.
Don't do it!!!!! Sorry don't go for PEER PRESSURE....they are not your friends find new ones, they are called losers sorry!!!!. What if you get addicted are they going to be by your side? It will ruin your life and have no future. Who the freaken needs that!!!!! I have been there 30 years ago, I never did something like that I didn't want to. I might of tried pot, but that was nothing. I mean it something but unfortunally everyone is doing that crap. I have a 17 year son, and he goes to Catholic School and he gets pressure too and I am so scared. SO PLEASE DON'T DO IT!!!!!!
Hell no dont do it just cuz your frinds do remember have your own style and have your frinds do u not them from a.wall a street king
Ask yourself this question. Is death/illness/depression/brain damage worth making people who you probably won't even remember 20 years from now happy? There's always a chance nothing bad will happen to you if you take it once. Then again, there's a bigger chance that inexperience and peer pressure can work against you and you'll become addicted/dead. If you're really desperate to fit in, pretend to take it. I'm pretty sure misuse of this drug is illegal. Or selling it, anyway. If you buy it, you might be sending your friend to jail.
Oh Lord Jesus please don't do it!! I'm praying for you
Just tell your friends you already tried it but it gave you a bad trip so you won't do it again. That way you can look "cool" without having to risk your health.
you can't have a bad trip on mdma its a happy pill
Tell them no.That u heard of a bad batch and that you are not willing to risk it,Its all it takes is one bad batch and someone could be planning a funeral.........Be strong.People will always have an opinion.Peoples opinion don't make who you are.YOU DO.Dont follow lead with a strong heart and be very proud!You can do it and edcucate yourself more on the stuff from the books than experience.Besides from the sounds of it you have whitness enough.Best wishes on your journey.YOU can do it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
no dont try it its peer pressure you could die for the first time trying it
you don't take it because you can die from it and you need new friends if they want you to take this mess.
I tried it the other week and it was the greatest experience of my life, I was so happy and just wanted to dance to everything, music was amazing and i loved everyone, I had the funniest night of my life and I dont regret it at all, I will be doing again and I wont think twice, I was absolutely fine, besides a bit of a saw jaw the next morning ;)
No I'm worried for you you could die
Dont do it. Just smoke weed. Have a laugh get the munchies then get sleepy with friends. Thats the only side effect youll get from that. E or Molly is not worth the risk. Keep it organic and from the earth. Stay away from man made chemicals.

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