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Is Pure MDMA Safer Than Other Drugs?

Sara Bellum

One of the biggest myths about Molly—pure MDMA—is that it’s safer than other drugs. This belief is dangerous for two reasons:

  1. It’s not true.
  2. It’s impossible to know if you’re actually taking pure MDMA.

Pure or Not, Molly Is Harmful

Pure MDMA—meaning there are no other substances in it—is not a safe drug to take. MDMA can have many of the same effects as other stimulants like cocaine and amphetamines. A person who takes MDMA could experience increased heart rate and blood pressure, muscle tension, involuntary teeth clenching, nausea, blurred vision, faintness, and chills or sweating.

In high doses, MDMA can affect the body’s ability to keep the correct temperature. People who take MDMA at concerts or dance parties sometimes experience a dangerous rise in body temperature (hyperthermia), which can result in liver, kidney, or heart failure—or even death.

Molly’s Identity Crisis

Even though it is supposed to be pure MDMA, Molly is just as likely to be mixed with other substances as any other drug.

Supposedly pure Molly can contain ephedrine (a stimulant), dextromethorphan (a cough suppressant), ketamine, caffeine, cocaine, methamphetamine, or even bath salts. Just because it comes in crystal or powder form—instead of a pill like Ecstasy—doesn’t prove that it is pure.

Some powder sold on the street as “Molly” doesn’t contain any MDMA at all. That’s even more dangerous because you don’t have a clue what you’re really taking!

There Are No “Safe” Illegal Drugs

It’s important to remember that there is no such thing as a “safe” illicit drug. Certain drugs are illegal because research shows that they are harmful to the brain and body.

Has anyone tried to pressure you into doing drugs by telling you they’re safe? Tell us in comments how you reacted.


Amazing how it can affect your temperature, me and some friends were talking about how u can suffer from hypothermia when on Molly, even sitting inside your body's temperature can lower to a very dangerous level.
Great information.
how can we tackle the legal highs when we dont know what 1 is no legal
My friend overdosed on Pepsi.
This article is erroneous. You can use test kits to determine if your molly is adulterated, so all of the talk about impurity on here is IRRELEVANT. If you want to talk about MDMA BY ITSELF, then DO IT. Dont change the damn subject. And also, the bad effects you listed are for HIGH DOSES. You've basically admitted that a regular dose of pure mdma is relatively safe. Maybe you should try being realistic with teens, because lying and misleading them hasnt been working for the past 50 years.
Awful analysis. Kids came to see about pure MDMA, and yet this was still the same tired information about it possibly being mixed with other stuff. KIDS KNOW THAT IT MIGHT BE MIXED, it's stated in EVERY article. How about just telling kids the effects of pure MDMA like the introduction promised, instead of veering off course.

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