MDMA (Ecstasy or Molly)

56% of 12th graders are abusing MDMA drugs

MDMA (Ecstasy or Molly) | NIDA for Teens

MDMA, short for 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine, is most commonly known as “Ecstasy” or “Molly.” It is a manmade drug that produces energizing effects similar to the stimulant class amphetamines as well as psychedelic effects, similar to the hallucinogen mescaline. MDMA is known as a “club drug” because of its popularity in the nightclub scene, at “raves” (all-night dance parties), and music festivals or concerts.

MDMA is a Schedule I substance, which means that it is considered by the U.S. Federal government to have no medical benefit and a high potential for abuse. However, researchers continue to investigate the possible medical benefits for patients with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and terminal cancer patients with anxiety.

Most people who use MDMA take it in a pill, tablet, or capsule. The pills can be different colors and sometimes have cartoon-like images on them. Some people take more than one pill at a time, called “bumping.” The popular term “Molly” (slang for “molecular”) refers to the pure crystalline powder form of MDMA, usually sold in capsules.

Researchers have found that much of the Ecstasy used today contains other drugs in addition to MDMA, which themselves can be harmful. Makers of MDMA might add caffeine, dextromethorphan (found in some cough syrups), amphetamines, PCP, or cocaine to the pills, tablets, or capsules. Frequently, they substitute other chemicals for MDMA, such as synthetic cathinones, the chemicals in “bath salts.”

MDMA’s effects generally last from 3 to 6 hours. It is common for users to take a second dose of the drug as the effects of the first dose begin to fade. Some users may also take MDMA along with other drugs.


MDMA  is a man made drug that is very similar to amphetamines. It produces a energized feeling as well as psychedelic or hallucinogenic effects. MDMA has become a very popular drug at clubs, parties, raves and even music festivals.

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