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What is "Popping A Molly?"
Why has this new drug risen in popularity and what are the risks?
A relatively new street drug called "Molly" is gaining in popularity as an alternative to ecstasy because it's impact is similar but is considered a more pure form of the club drug that is said to elicit a similar high without the same risks. Is a Molly truly safer? And where have you heard about this drug before?
If you've heard the song "All Gold Everything" by rapper, Trinidad James, you may have heard the lyric "Popped a molly, now I'm sweating." He's not the first celebrity to mention using the increasingly popular street drug in his music.
To watch the video of LeBron singing the song, watch below.
LeBron James "Popped A Molly"
So, what is this drug, why is it so popular and how dangerous is it?
Let's first start out with a definition of what a "Molly" is.
A "molly" is a form of the drug, ecstasy. What differentiates it from ecstasy is that it is considered to be the powder or crystallized form of 3 4-Methylenedioxymethamphetamine which is a key component of ecstasy.
When taken, users say that when taken in a pure form the drug makes them feel euphoric, causes hallucinations, elevates their body temperature and has few side effects after the fact. But, the DEA says that the side effects of the drug can be much more intense and can cause depression, paranoia, anxiety, faintness, and blurred vision. And, the elevated body temperature can ultimately lead to kidney, liver, and cardiovascular failure.
One of the reasons the drug has risen in popularity is because it is said to be a more pure form of ecstasy. This means that its users believe that its less likely to be mixed with other drugs. Though some are reporting that even molly has been laced with drugs like methylone (an ingredient in bath salts) as well as caffeine, crack, and in some cases, even heroin.
Like any illegal drug, even when it's not laced with another substance or drug, Molly can be dangerous to your health. According to a study conducted by the Drug Abuse Warning Network, from 2004 to 2009 those using Molly's and other MDMA's accounted for a 123% increase in emergency room visits.
While it is unclear whether those visits occurred after the drug was taken alone or mixed with other drugs or alcohol, it still illustrates the dangers of ingesting the drug.In addition to the aforementioned side effects, the drug can cause dehydration and exhaustion but can also cause your heart rate to escalate, it can cause seizures, cardiac problems, and, in some severe cases, can put you in a coma.
If you or anyone you know is struggling with drug addiction or needs help, contact the Drug Abuse Hotline: http://drugabusehotline.org