Know Your Molly Before You Ingest

What Is MDMA?

MDMA is short for methylenedioxymethamphetamine and is widely recognized as “ecstasy” or “molly”. It is a psychoactive drug derived from safrole oil. MDMA resembles both psychedelics and stimulants. It is normally taken orally through a pressed pill, powder form, or crystal. 

MDMA’s primarily effect is the release of serotonin into the brain and inhibits the absorption of the drug. 

MDMA can make users feel a sense of connectedness, euphoria, and empathy. 

MDMA was first synthesized in 1912 by the drug company Merck. However, its psychoactive effects weren’t widely discovered until 1976 by Alexander Shulgin, referred to as the father of MDMA. 

Since the drug increased empathy and reduced fear it was widely used in psychotherapy practices as well as recreationally in the 1970s and early ’80s. 

In 1985 however, MDMA became classified as a Schedule I Drug, the “most dangerous” along with marijuana, LSD, and heroin. Studies show that MDMA is, in fact, one of the least harmful drugs despite it being classified as a Schedule I Drug. 

MDMA is widely used in festivals, concerts, and clubs and research is now studying its therapeutic effects.

The Difference Between Molly, Ecstasy, and MDMA?

MDMA is the official scientific name. Molly and ecstasy are popular slang terms.

Molly is the street name for MDMA in powder form and is often contained in clear capsules. Molly is just a slang term and doesn’t mean that it is pure. 

Ecstasy is the street name for MDMA in pill or tablet form, normally contained in a pressed pill. Ecstasy is also not considered pure MDMA.  

MDMA is currently illegal and unregulated, therefore, anything sold under “molly” or “ecstasy” could potentially be cut with other drugs or contain no MDMA at all. 

Does Your Molly or Ecstasy Contain MDMA?

Since MDMA is currently illegal and unregulated, it is quite difficult to know for sure if your molly or ecstasy contains pure MDMA. However, testing your drug will reveal what substances are contained in your molly. 

A way to test your MDMA is by purchasing liquid reagents. These type of kits come with a color chart and will help determine the substances that are in your ecstasy. 

Test your MDMA to prevent yourself from taking any harmful substances that may be contained in your molly. The Marquis Reagent kit will provide you with everything you need.  

The Most Common Adulterants Found in “Molly” or “Ecstasy”

MDMA is one of the most adulterated drugs in the market. 

The impurity of “molly” or “ecstasy” varies, it may contain varying levels of:

MDA (Methylenedioxyamphetamine a.k.a “sass” or “bath salts”) is a class of amphetamine-like stimulants that mimic the effects of MDMA.

MDMA may be adulterated with stimulants like amphetamine, cocaine, caffeine, or methamphetamine.

Anesthetics such as ketamine (“Special K”) or dextromethorphan (DXM) an ingredient found in over the counter medicine can also be present in your “molly”.

All of these adulterations can pose harm. The most important way to avoid any harm is to know what you’re getting.