Knowing Molly can hurt

She might not be as fun as everyone says she is.

By Zain Abouraia

Ignorance kills. People popping Molly and dancing to erratic music with a gang of fellow idiots need to be educated on the dangers of the drug. Moreover, the possibility of a positive medical application needs to be considered.

MDMA is a substance that creates feelings of a deep connection to others and emotional availability, as detailed in the book “The Therapeutic Use of MDMA.” It may also have stimulating qualities, as part of the amphetamine class of drugs.

Terminology is inhibiting in any research, but concerning MDMA it is quite steep. “Ecstasy” refers to the drug in pill form, heavily adulterated with adjuncts, such as LSD, methamphetamine, cocaine, heroin and bath salts. “Molly” and “Mandy” refer to the crystalline and liquid forms of the drug, implying a higher level of purity, though not always. Pills are priced from $10 to $20, with each trip lasting up to 12 hours.

Until 1970, the only interest in MDMA was by the U.S. Army, as an interrogation tool. It became popular for recreational use in the mid-’70s, and then groundbreaking psychotherapist Alexander Shulgin popularized it as an agent for enhancing therapy, chronicled in “Subjective Reports of the Effects of MDMA in a Clinical Setting.” It made defensive or closed off people emotionally vulnerable.

Shulgin was ahead of his time in applying the drug’s properties therapeutically. Although some take it as a way of self-medicating social anxieties, it is widely used recreationally and is associated with dimly lit clubs with speakers blaring electronic dance music and glow-sticks and pacifiers to combat the oral fixation, a common side-effect of the drug, as reported by users.

Stop right there, kids; it all seems like fun and games, but consider the morning after. In its current state as an illicit street drug, users complain of feeling “like a truck hit you” the next morning. Ecstasy triggers large doses of hormones to be released, which are depleted the next day, causing short-term damage. Chronic users have reported feeling more depressed after they quit. There is also the risk of dehydration when using ecstasy.

Molly and its counterparts are artificial intoxicants. Enjoying popularity in the underground drug scene, Ecstasy has become forever branded as a clandestine way to have a joyous experience while rebelling against the man—meaning the government will unfortunately never allow it to become a legitimate medicine with the potential to cure psychopathologies like post-traumatic stress disorder.

Due to its Schedule I status, American research scientists are currently not permitted to investigate it. Come on, America; we should join the rest of the world that allows medical research and human clinical trials on MDMA-assisted psychotherapy. The image of a 90-pound raver girl gyrating to Deadmau5 needs to be replaced the image of a clean doctor’s office where a patient is having a transcendent life-changing experience for the better.

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