Molly the Drug: What Every Parent Should Know

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mdmaIf you're a parent trying to follow all the talk about Miley Cyrus and her rumored drug use and all the hype over what the kids are taking these days, you may have one big question: What the hell is Molly? In Miley's song, "We Can't Stop," it sounds like she's singing, "We like to party, dancing with Molly." Miley's rep first claimed it was "dancing with Miley," but then Miley more or less confirmed -- for her adult fans -- that she really did mean Molly the drug.

Meanwhile, it looks like the drug was responsible for three deaths and four overdoses requiring hospitalization over Labor Day weekend. So much for Molly's rep as a relatively safe, natural high. Here's what every parent should know about this drug.

What is it? Molly is a nickname for "molecule," as in 3,4-methylenedioxy-N-methylamphetamine. It refers to the main ingredient in Ecstasy, MDMA.

Why do people take it? It's popular especially at dance clubs, raves, and concerts because it helps you feel euphoric and connected with other people. It's also relatively cheap at $20 to $50 per dose. And it's considered a purer, safer, more natural drug like marijuana but without the stink and smoke. It doesn't destroy brain cells, like alcohol does.

Is it addictive? No, it is not physically addictive.

What are the side effects? It can raise your body temperature, heart rate, and blood pressure, making you more prone to heat stroke. Other side effects include anxiety, dehydration, fever, insomnia, loss of appetite, and teeth grinding. In some cases, Molly use can lead to seizures and a depression caused by a sudden drop in serotonin levels the following day.

Can it kill you? You can overdose on it, but MDMA rarely leads to death on its own. Good luck getting it in pure form, though.

What's the most dangerous thing about it? MDMA is usually sold as white powder in a capsule, which makes it easier to adulterate with other substances like aspirin, caffeine, ephedrine, ketamine, LSD, speed, and talcum powder. It's other, more dangerous drugs mixed into Molly that can kill you.

How much had you known about Molly?


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nonmember avatar Zmsmom

Are you kidding me - of course MDMA is addictive!!! As is ecstasy - which MDMA is usually in.

Not to mention that as you continue to use - you have to take more and more to feel the effects.

PLEASE get your facts straight before posting!!!!

Wheep... Wheepingchree

Actually, I think this is a fairly accurate posting about MDMA. As someone that therapeutically takes MDMA with her husband once a year, you, previous poster, need to get YOUR facts straight.

caleb... calebsmama12312

It doesn't destroy your brain cells? No it just puts holes in it so your brain is like a piece of swiss cheese.

Coles... Coles_mom

Wow wheepingchee. You just admitted to ecstasy use. I assume since you're on cafemom, you're a mom. Shame on you.

Bloom... Bloomie79

You know that MDMA was once a therapeutic drug, it was developed by Merck. The it eats holes in your brain theory was long ago debunked, the monkeys in the study were fed near lethal doses of meth instead. It has limited potential for addiction, though not non existent. Most of all, you can't buy pure MDMA and what you get is packed with dangerous additives. It has very real medical benefits and was being studied to treat PTSD. Scare mongering like the misinformation spouted here stopped that though. 

TerriC TerriC

I had never even heard of it before now.  I am out of the loop apparently, lol

johnn... johnny4ever

Seen it on gma..very dangerous

johnn... johnny4ever

Love that song not Miley!

godde... goddess99

Never heard of it before.

lalas... lalasmama2007

I've never heard if it before.

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