With kids ditching the basics of binge drinking and smoking marijuana, new heads have turned to the latest and trendiest drug of the electronic dance music (EDM) scene. Molly, the powdered form of MDMA, a chemical used in ecstasy, is considered to be the purest form of the “happy” drug. Usually taken in a plastic capsule and going for up to fifty dollars per gram, the designer drug is the epitome of sex appeal with its easy, long lasting, and non-addictive effects.
Molly first garnered popularity in the mid 1980s but has only recently boomed into household name status. Artists like Miley Cyrus, Kanye West, and Wiz Khalifa have all dropped references to the drug, but according to the media’s recent stir about everyone’s new best friend, the question begs: Is Molly actually as safe as it’s led on to be?
According to Rusty Payne of the Drug Enforcement Administration, “anyone can call something Molly to try to make it sound less harmful, but it can be anything.” He further mentions, “many of the powders sold as Molly contain no MDMA whatsoever; others are synthetic concoctions designed to mimic the drug’s effects.”
What separates Molly from other hard drugs is its potential to be made of anything. Take cocaine for example; oftentimes it is cut with powdered substitutions, like baby or talcum powder, as a way for dealers to increase profit.
Music industry blogger and former Molly distributer Shane Morris explains the discrepancies with Molly. “There have been times I’ve taken Molly and then said to myself, ‘…this is definitely crystal meth’ or ‘Whoa, this is totally heroin’ or perhaps, ‘Is this bath salts?’” Morris says in a blog.
Morris also recalled his time spent in the drug game. “During my time as a Molly dealer, I met the people making Molly, and they’re not rocket scientists. Most of them are meth cooks entering their second careers… Molly is just whatever the hell these guys want Molly to be,” he said.
Over the past month there have been four deaths and numerous hospitalizations scattered across the East Coat due to dangerous strands of Molly hitting the club and festival scenes. A specific case particularly hits home with the death of a recently graduated Syracuse University student who attended New York’s largest EDM festival, Electric Zoo, in September. Because of two deaths during the first half of the festival, the organizers of Electric Zoo cancelled its last day.
This isn’t the only example of the music industry’s intolerance of hard drugs. High-profile DJ Deadmau5 has publicly stated his disapproval of the use of Molly. In March, a snarky fan tweeted at the DJ: “Do you need to be reminded that you would be pointless if it wasn’t for the molly and ecstasy?” Deadmau5 responded, “I’d give up my entire career to remove the fucking rampant stupidity that’s plagued my favorite type of music in an INSTANT.”
The use of Molly, however, is not far fetched. Rick Doblin, founder of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies explains, “The rise of Molly is in tune with how people [in this day and age] are feeling emotionally.” In a world of constant technological advances and communication, people are striving for a deeper level of personal interaction, hence their desire to reach euphoric levels with the help of a friend named Molly.
By Tatiana Fogt
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