Molly, commonly referred to as MDMA, is a synthetic drug with stimulant properties and mild hallucinogenic effects. It is the primary psychoactive product found in ecstasy tablets, but these substances are rarely pure MDMA. Instead, the illicit manufacture of ecstasy pills commonly involves combining MDMA with other substances such as caffeine, cocaine, amphetamine, ketamine, or opioids.
Ecstasy is commonly used in party and club environments due to its euphoric AND energizing high. Ecstasy can often be found in pill form, which some users crush in a powder for snorting (insufflation). Snorting ecstasy can cause its effects to peak sooner for the user and increase the dangers associated with use.
How Molly Is Used
Molly can be ingested in different ways and how rapidly the drug reaches the brain depends on how it was taken. The faster a drug enters the brain, the faster the rewarding effects are produced, and the more likely the person is to engage in further abuse or develop an addiction.
When taken orally, the effects of ecstasy can be experienced around 30-45 minutes after dosing—snorting the drug will cause these effects to manifest more quickly and to be felt more intensely, increasing the dangers associated with use. Also, damage can potentially be inflicted on the individual’s nasal passages, airways, sinuses, mouth, and throat.
Molly (MDMA) is often snorted, and doing so can cause effects to come on faster and have a briefer, more intense peak as the drug reaches the brain quicker.
Side Effects of Snorting Ecstasy
The ecstasy high can be a pleasant experience for the user—from increased sensory perception and empathic feelings toward others to feeling happy and energized. But this euphoric high can have a sinister side. Ecstasy side effects can range from mildly uncomfortable to borderline life-threatening, and they vary depending on whether MDMA was used in conjunction with other substances.
Ecstasy’s side effects may include the following:
- Increased body temperature
- Teeth grinding
- Jaw clenching
- Blurry vision
- Dry mouth
- Dilated pupils
In addition to the drug-specific effects, snorting ecstasy can induce other types of damage to the nasal passages and surrounding nasal tissues. Damage from nasal insufflation of MDMA can cause the following:
- Irritation of the nasal mucosa
- Hoarse voice
- Impaired sense of smell
- Swallowing difficulties
- Hole in the nasal septum
Can Snorting Molly Cause an Overdose?
Many users use ecstasy in a highly social environment for enjoyment, including hours of dancing, often accidentally neglecting their health needs such as eating and drinking. MDMA doesn’t make users overdose by drug toxicity.
An MDMA overdose may occur as a consequence of several exaggerated physical responses that, in turn, impair essential life functions—processes such as heart rate and body temperature can become dangerously elevated and have disastrous results. Combined with inadequate hydration and diet, these effects can even be life-threatening in extreme situations.
In addition to the dangerous effects of MDMA, ecstasy pills may have other substances in them that have a whole separate set of risks. Depending on which substance is combined with MDMA, a user may experience an enhancement of MDMA’s effects or a slew of other unexpected effects that can have long-lasting repercussions.
MDMA’s life-threatening effects include the following:
- Perilously high body temperature
- Cerebral edema (brain swelling)
- Cardiovascular failure
- Liver or kidney failure
One risk is overconsumption of water leading to potentially fatal low sodium levels (hyponatremia). Another significant risk with excessive ecstasy use is the development of serotonin syndrome. Serotonin syndrome is caused by a flood of dopamine into a person’s brain flooding with serotonin, resulting in the following:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Overactive reflexes
- Tachycardia and hypertension
- Coordination problems
Combining dangerous side effects and the potential for developing serotonin syndrome can place individuals at lethal risk when the drug is snorted.
Signs of Molly Addiction
Ecstasy or molly addiction can take a significant toll on a person’s life. Addiction is a life-long struggle for many people, and knowing its signs may help save a person’s life.
Some signs of ecstasy or molly addiction include the following:
- Taking more ecstasy or for longer than initially intended
- Having the desire to cut down or quit but failing and relapsing multiple times
- Spending significant time trying to obtain or use ecstasy
- Craving ecstasy
- Ecstasy use interfering with work, school, family, or social responsibilities
- Continuing to take ecstasy despite adverse consequences related to use
- Depression when unable to obtain or use ecstasy
- Low appetite
- Sleep disturbances
- Decreased libido
- Memory impairments
- Cognitive performance deficits
Getting Help for Addiction
Comprehensive, evidence-based treatment programs should be individualized and tailored based on a person’s unique needs and circumstances. The most effective treatment programs ensure that people in recovery are actively motivated and involved during every step of the process.
Residential Rehab – Inpatient or residential rehabs offer structured treatment programs intended to address all facets of a person’s health and wellness. During residential rehab, patients reside in a safe and comfortable substance-free facility and receive 24/7 medical care and emotional support.
Inpatient programs are often the best option for those battling chronic addiction and those who suffer from co-occurring mental health disorders.
Outpatient Rehab – Outpatient and intensive outpatient programs are other forms of comprehensive addiction treatment. These programs offer many of the same types of effective treatments and therapies as residential rehabs. However, outpatient rehabs allow patients much more flexibility and live at home during the recovery process. Patients can continue working and attending to their families and responsibilities while attending scheduled treatment sessions throughout the week.
It’s critical to keep in mind that outpatient rehabs do not shield patients from the real world. Therefore, individuals are at greater risk of encountering triggers that may be a challenge to their sobriety. Because of this, outpatient treatment may be best suited for individuals with milder addiction problems and a committed, disciplined recovery process. Outpatient programs can also be a great “step-down” program after residential treatment and are often combined with sober living homes.
Drug and Alcohol Detox – Detox helps people safely withdraw from drugs or alcohol use until they are no longer present in their system. It is frequently the first step in treating individuals recovering from moderate-severe forms of addiction.
In some instances, detoxing from certain drugs requires medication-assisted therapy to relieve the intensity of withdrawal symptoms. Medications prescribed during medical detox are often tapered down until they are no longer chemically dependent on addictive substances.
Sober Living Homes – Sober living homes can serve as a bridge between inpatient treatment and a return to everyday life. These are excellent options for persons in recovery who need additional time reinforcing what was learned in rehab. Sober living homes help individuals in recovery bolster their new healthy habits while still residing in the comfort of a structured environment.
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