Molly Vs. Ecstasy: What’s the Difference and Does it Matter?


Many people these days, think that Molly and Ecstasy are the same thing and can be substituted for one or another. In general, they are similar in their actions but there is one major important difference. Molly is considered to be the purer form of MDMA- it is supposedly free of contaminants and is much more potent than ecstasy. In many cases, the ecstasy that is sold on the street may not even contain any MDMA but a lot of other additives and impurities.

History of Ecstasy

Ecstasy was developed nearly a century ago and its original form was known as MDMA. This substance was used by the military to conduct psychological warfare in the 1920’s to 30’s.


Later it was used as a medication in psychotherapy to treat shyness, social isolation, and so on. By the 70’s, the drug’s ability to lower inhibition became well known and soon it became a party drug. Ecstasy was the hottest party drug in the late 70’s but by the mid-80’s the federal authorities had become concerned about the high number of deaths and overdoses. Later the drug was banned for health and safety reasons. Today, Ecstasy is classified as a Schedule 1 drug according to the Controlled Substances Act- this means that it has no medical benefits and anyone caught selling, manufacturing or possessing faces legal hassles including prison time.

History of Molly

The origins of Molly are more recent. When ecstasy was legally banned in the mid-80’s, people started making ecstasy in their basements and underground labs in unsterile/unsanitary conditions. Over the next few decades, the quality of ecstasy went from bad to worse. Today, it is almost impossible to find pure ecstasy because unscrupulous people have been adding contaminations.  Present day ecstasy may contain cocaine, LSD, amphetamine, heroin, rat poison, dog deworming medications, caffeine, liquid cleaner, Drano, lye, bleach, vinegar and many other substances. This is why ecstasy is very dangerous and one will never know what it contains.

The contaminated Ecstasy gave rise to the production of molly. In the late 80’s, people outside the USA who had access to raw materials started to make a better quality of MDMA in sophisticated underground labs in Mexico, Russia and Latin America. This led to the synthesis of an extremely pure form of MDMA known as molly- it is practically free of contaminants and it is very potent.


Because of its purity, many people now prefer to use Molly instead of ecstasy. The actual number of people who use Molly is unknown but the numbers are not insignificant. It is often used as a party drug at nightclubs, raves and all night parties. The active ingredient in Molly is MDMA.



Current status of Molly

The use of Molly is widespread in colleges, universities and even among professionals. By far, most of the Molly samples analysed have been free of contaminants. However, there are still reports indicating that Molly in certain parts of the country has started to become adulterated with contaminants and impurities. As law enforcement started to shut down the illegal labs, people have been resorting to making Molly in unsterile basements and using other substances to make the product. Overall, you are more likely to find pure Molly instead of ecstasy. Plus, it also depends on whom you buy the drug from and where. Both molly and ecstasy are available in form of powder, pill and capsules.



What are the adverse effects of Molly and Ecstasy?

The adverse effects usually depend on the amount of the substance ingested. Without the presence of impurities, the effects of Molly and ecstasy are the same and include the following:

Short-term effects
  • Altered behaviour- may range from anger, irritable to aggressive
  • Fever
  • Hallucinations
  • Hyperactivity
  • Increased energy
  • Insomnia
  • Mood changes initially may be hyper but after the drug wears off depression may set in
  • Muscle pain
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Paranoia
  • Profuse sweating
  • Sensations of pounding chest (palpitations
  • Teeth grinding, especially during sleep
Long-term side effects
  • Sleeping difficulties
  • High blood pressure
  • Liver dysfunction may lead to yellowish discoloration of skin
  • Memory loss, concentration
  • Panic attacks or anxiety
  • Short attention span

Finally, all users of Molly or Ecstasy should be warned that it is the use of other substances at the same time that makes these agents deadly. One of them is alcohol. In many cases, Ecstasy contains cocaine and when it combines with alcohol, the coca-ethylene formed can cause dangerous heart rhythms. Both molly and ecstasy are addictive.

Other differences between Molly and Ecstasy

  • Ecstasy is available in several forms such as a pill, capsule and even a powder.
  • Molly is usually available as a powder that is snorted it makes it difficult to know how much one is consuming. However, today there are capsules of Molly available, which can be tampered with.
  • Molly is supposed to be the purest form of MDMA and thus is also much more expensive than ecstasy.
  • Ecstasy pills are often tampered with, whereas Molly in powder form is less tampered with.

However, there are reports that some sellers may be adding sugar or flour and other fillers to reduce the cost of producing Molly.

There are many people who sell kits that supposedly help the buyers differentiate between Molly and Ecstasy. These kits are also a hit or miss due to the kit being efficient or a plain knock off. Best advice is to stay away from both drugs, as they are not good for the body. The repercussions of possessing Molly or Ecstasy don’t normally turn out well when dealing with law enforcement. Based on my research, dealers care more about the sale and less about your well-being.

Be kind to your body and educate yourself by grabbing true facts from many sources prior to consuming anything.

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