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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.

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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.
I agree. This is a joke. Actual pure MDMA is incredibly safe when taken right, and there's even harm reduction websites to inform people instead of forcing a government opinion on them. People are born with free will. They will do what they want, legal or not. So why not make sure they're doing it safe and informed? :) PLUR
That is 100% true my buddy has a very good test kit. And you tell em
Thank you.. U are 100% correct.
No problem. It's quite a well known fact that pure drugs are fine.
Thank you, This post is the sort of stupid backwards information is what holds humanity back.
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.
"Pure MDMA isn't safe because it might not be pure MDMA." Wow, great article. This is the kind of misinformation that leads to MDMA related deaths in the first place! There is no way to know whether or not what you have is pure MDMA? Really? No such thing as test kits? We need more awareness of harm reduction, not archaic scare tactics. If someone were to acquire what they thought was MDMA, read this article and not order a test kit because they didn't think it was possible to tell, then they could be seriously injured or die. "There Are No “Safe” Illegal Drugs" I don't even know where to begin here. What about marijuana? Is it safe in places where it legal but somehow dangerous where it is not? I'm sure it's because illegal weed is going to be cut with a bunch of adulterants huh? Nice appeal to authority. "In high doses..." Completely useless. In high enough doses, you can die from alcohol. Caffeine. Tylenol. Pretty much anything. Qualitative data is pointless here.
"Pure MDMA isn't safe because it might not be pure MDMA" God that made me laugh
Say NO to drugs!
Your all cooked? All of you!
Yet we can spell. Go figure.
Typical goverment misinformatiin. People will believe anything the goverment tells them. Simple fact is MDMA is praticaly harmless is used correctly and safely. There are certainly more harmful drugs that can be purchased over the counter at any local pharmacy. Do some actual research in the subject of drugs avoid biast goverment garbage and you could be surprised.

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