What can you expect when a high from molly begins to wear off?
You’ve most likely heard of the synthetic drug Molly. If you haven’t you probably know it by its other names: ecstasy or MDMA. While this drug is known as the perfect addition to an all-night party or rave, it may hit you with some undesirable side effects for a few days after taking it.
What Is Molly?
The technical name for molly, MDMA, stands for 3,4-methylenedioxy-methamphetamine. This drug, while synthetic, is chemically similar to stimulants and hallucinogens. MDMA is available in several forms, including capsules, tablets, liquid, or powder. Molly is most commonly referred to as the powder form, which is known to be pure & crystalized. In fact, the name “Molly” is a slang term for the word “molecular,” which refers to the pure crystalline powder form that is usually sold in capsules.
The drug MDMA was originally referred to as ecstasy in the club scene, where this drug is most commonly used. In more recent years, however, using molly has become more popular in other environments such as concerts and festivals. So why do so many people choose to take this recreational drug – and why do they decide to do so in public environments?
Effects of Taking Molly
Molly is best known for altering one’s mood, changing their perception, and causing a euphoric sensation. The substance alter’s one’s awareness of time and their own surroundings, which may elevate the experience. People are attracted to this drug because it increases their energy, improves their mood, and leads them to feeling trusting and empathetic. Groups of friends typically take this together recreationally to achieve a level of pleasure and emotional warmth together.
The drug improves one’s mood and sense of pleasure by increasing the activity of three important chemicals/neurotransmitters in the brain: dopamine, serotonin, and norepinephrine. When more dopamine is released, the user will soon have more energy and their activity will likely increase. When someone’s brain releases more serotonin than usual, multiple factors will be impacted including mood, appetite, sleep, sexual arousal, emotional closeness, elevated mood, and empathy. While these feelings may be pleasant, the fact that chemical activity is increased in the brain may cause concern in the future. When more norepinephrine is released than normal, someone may experience increased heart rate and blood pressure.
Of course, like other recreational substances, molly comes with its own unique side effects. Someone who has recently taken molly or MDMA may feel the following symptoms:
- Muscle cramping
- Blurred vision
- Teeth clenching
- Sweating & chills
These symptoms, as well as the other effects of using molly, will typically last about 3-6 hours. However, if someone who regularly uses molly suddenly stops taking the drug, they may begin to feel what is called a “comedown.”
What Is A Comedown?
The term “comedown” is commonly used to describe the symptoms that someone experiences up to 2 to 3 days after using ecstasy or other stimulant drugs such as cocaine or amphetamine. This is a type of drug withdrawal that closely mimics the effects of a hangover from alcohol. In fact, comedowns have earned the nickname of “the mid-week flu.”
When someone comes down from molly, it is likely that they have developed some sort of dependence. A comedown occurs because, after using molly, someone’s levels of chemicals like serotonin may begin to fall drastically.
What Does the Comedown From Molly Feel Like?
Someone who is experiencing a comedown from molly may feel the following symptoms for a few days after using the drug.
- Severe fatigue
- Sleep problems
- Decrease appetite
- Memory & attention problems
- Possible spike in body temp
If you or someone you know is dealing with a comedown, it’s recommended to get as much rest as possible and drink a good amount of water. However, people who are coming down from MDMA should not drink water too quickly. If the comedown is severe, medical attention may be necessary.
Molly should not be combined with alcohol, marijuana, or other types of drugs or medication. If you are starting to notice a dependence on molly, we encourage you to contact our team of substance abuse professionals & specialists.