Be Knowledge-a-bull: Everything You Need to Know About Molly

Do you know molly?
With the Ultra Music Festival in Miami this weekend, you may have heard her mentioned this week. Rumors have been spreading for a while, and you at least know your favorite pop and hip-hop artists sing about her, but you probably don’t know much more about her. Read on to learn the facts and bust the rumors about molly.  

So…Who is molly?

She’s a party drug marketed as pure MDMA sold in crystal, capsule or powder form.

She’s not who you think she is:

When Molly first hit the scene in the 1980s, she was the Ecstasy tablet’s generally purer sister. However, a lot can change in a few decades, and she’s no longer the “innocent” club drug she once was. In 2012, Miami police tested 337 confiscated molly drugs. Only 59 contained MDMA, while the other 278 contained methylone, the drug found in the notorious “bath salts.” Today, molly combinations often range from hazardous drug substances and research chemicals to baking powder and plant fertilizer without any traces of MDMA.

In short: Most of the time molly is a dangerous combination of unknown drugs and chemicals. 

She’ll drag you down:

 Pop a molly, you’re sweatin’ — because you’re experiencing a dangerously high increase in body temperature that causes severe dehydration and exhaustion.

Molly has extremely negative physical, as well as, mental side effects. The most known negative effects include confusion, anxiety, paranoia, insomnia, muscle tension, tremors, teeth grinding, muscle cramps, nausea, chills and blurred vision.  Additionally, the dip in serotonin levels after taking molly leads to extreme depression and suicidal thoughts. Suicide Tuesday is another name for the hangover following the days taking molly.

In short: Imagine a weeklong hangover paired with severe depression.

She’s deadly: 

With thousands of ER visits and several deaths within the past year, taking molly is a huge risk. All drugs are dangerous, but the toxic mystery mix of chemicals and hard drugs found in molly increase this risk. The severe side effects include seizures, hypothermia, heart problems, electrolyte abnormalities, comas and death.

In short: The unknown mix of toxic chemicals and drugs found in molly is deadly.

She’s addictively unreliable:

Some users describe their first experience with molly as incredible, but it’s all down hill from there. Subsequent experiences are never as euphoric, but users become obsessed with finding “good” molly and re-experiencing their first roll. What else would you expect from a random composition of stimulants, depressants and muscle relaxers? There is no such thing as good molly.

In short: Molly becomes worse with every experience.  


Where is she?

EDM (Electronic Dance Music) clubs, events and festivals attract young people using molly. Why? These festivals emphasize lights, colors, dancing, and fast-paced music, which are enhanced when on molly.  However, many of molly’s users are not old enough to drink alcohol, so venues commonly jack up water prices. The combination of dancing and lack of water increase the intensity of molly’s negative side effects.

Note: Ultra Music Festivals is one of the few EDM festivals with free water stations. If you’re going, invest in a hydration pack and stay hydrated! 


If you or a friend is interested in on-campus assistance or an evaluation for a substance abuse problem, schedule an appointment with the Counseling Center

If you are concerned about your substance abuse and are nervous to seek help, you are not alone. Check out the video below from the Counseling Center’s Stronger Than I Knew project


2 thoughts on “Be Knowledge-a-bull: Everything You Need to Know About Molly

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  1. Extremely one sided article from someone who has never done it… Not saying I encourage anyone to do it, because it’s true, most if not all molly bought on the streets is mixed with coke and meth. But clean molly doesn’t give you the same depressing hangover dirty molly does. From my limited experience, I never grinded my teeth, experienced paranoia, or experienced “extreme depression.” Pure MDMA does exist, and while you still take a risk when taking it, anything you do involving drugs/alcohol involves a certain level of risk. My experiences have been extremely positive for the most part. In fact, I’ve never felt so free from social anxiety in my life, which really opened my eyes to who I was and what I’m personally capable of if I let go of those anxieties because I used to be a very nervous person by nature. Ever since that first experience I believe I can have the same amount of fun that I have on MDMA completely sober.

    Like I said I do not encourage the use of it because unless you know where it’s coming from or you test it first, it’s gonna be dirty. But with that said, I can honestly say that “molly” or MDMA allowed me to see and experience myself in a different way that I WISH I could have experienced on my own. Ever since I’ve been thankful for that experience, and this article doesn’t even bother to talk about that side of the truth because the writer clearly doesn’t have the ability to look at the other side. Instead she wrote a narrow minded article on what she personally thinks molly/MDMA is and what it does. Some of it is true, where as some of it is uninformed judgment. Molly can make people lame as hell, I’ve experienced it with now ex friends who clearly don’t know how to use self control, but it can also be mentally liberating as hell, and I think that should be talked about too.

    You got some of the facts right, but if you’re gonna write something like this, I suggest you read real experiences from REAL people, not just articles that are clearly against all substance use. In fact, go out and do it yourself if you want to write a good piece. Writing from experience is always better. You might have been able to score some free ultra tickets too if you applied for it. That would have been a fun weekend for you, and you would have gotten some good, HONEST and TRUE material to write about. IF you want to be writer, don’t be a narrow minded one. Nobody likes that. Honesty and truth will get you places. Not this.


  2. Honest Abe, I am a student writer for Wellness USF, and I receive all of my information and statistics from the professionals in our department. I wrote this blog using reputable resources and friends’ experiences, not one-sided judgements. Wellness USF is a department driven with the hopes to instill lifelong wellness principles in college students, and I would never encourage students to use drugs recreationally. The blog was to inform students that molly is not always the pure drug that it is marketed as and that it can be extremely dangerous. Thank you for your comment. I will consider your opinion in future articles, and if you would like to discuss the topic further with me you can email me at


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