Molly is the slang term for 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine, which is otherwise known as MDMA or ecstasy.
It’s an illicit, synthetic, and mind-altering drug that affects mood and perception. Ecstasy is similar to both hallucinogens and stimulants and produces side effects like increased alertness, energy, and distorted perception of time and environment. It can be ingested as a pill or snorted. Music festivals and drugs often go hand in hand, and molly is one of the most commonly abused drugs at these music festivals as well as in clubs and parties. Despite the popularity of this club drug, not all users know what molly cutting agents are or how harmful they can be. As an addiction treatment center in California, we’re aware of the cutting agents in molly and their dangers.
Common Molly Cutting Agents
Cutting agents are cheap chemicals or additives used to “cut” or dilute recreational drugs. Many drug manufacturers and dealers cut drugs so they can gain more profit with less product; thus, most if not all illicit drugs sold on the street are cut or contain some sort of additive. While the side effects of ecstasy are dangerous, they’re often amplified by cutting agents.
So, what is molly cut with? The most common molly drug cutting agents include:
- Paramethoxyamphetamine (PMA), or MDEA
- Bath salts
- Dextromethorphan (DXM)
MDMA cutting agents in high doses can be extremely dangerous; when combined they can be life-threatening. Molly is also rarely ever pure and sometimes doesn’t even contain molly at all. A large percentage of ecstasy sold on the streets or in clubs is either mostly or completely made up of cutting agents. Not only can the drug itself be addictive, but these cutting agents also increase the user’s risk of developing other health problems and overdosing.
At Banyan Treatment Centers Palm Springs, we understand the dangers of substance abuse. In order to help people who are addicted to drugs like MDMA, we offer a variety of detox programs that help patients safely manage their withdrawal symptoms and make the transition to addiction treatment smoother.
Effects of Molly Cutting Agents
The side effects of cutting agents for molly are often unpredictable. The doses of these additives are often unknown. The amount of cutting agents in ecstasy can determine the intensity and severity of its side effects.
While the effects of ecstasy cutting agents are often unpredictable, some of the most common ones include:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Allergic reactions
- Aggressive or violent behavior
- Increased alertness
- Increased risk for heart attack
- Increased risk for stroke
- Increased risk of overdose
- Increased body temperature
Because molly increases alertness and distorts perception, many people use it to enhance their party experience. Unfortunately, people often neglect hydration, sustenance, and rest when using drugs like molly, increasing their risk of heatstroke and death. Overdose is also a common risk when it comes to using drugs like MDMA because of the unpredictability of its cutting agents. Methamphetamine is highly toxic and is often used to cut molly. It doesn’t take much to overdose on meth, and when combined with other substances, the risk increases exponentially.
Our team at Banyan Treatment Centers Palm Springs is dedicated to helping every patient that walks through our doors reach sobriety. We help patients through every step of their addiction treatment and offer additional support after they’ve completed their rehab programs at our facility.
If you need substance abuse treatment or know someone who does, call Banyan Palm Springs now at 888-280-4763 to learn how we can help.