By: Humberto Rivera, JS Student
There is no doubt that the popularity of EDM (Electronic Dance Music) has grown over the last couple of years. We see higher attendance to events (raves) such as EDC, Ultra Music Festival and it is even played on the advertisements we see. It is through this subculture that has brought back the reuse of ecstasy or MDMA most commonly known as “Molly”. A “Molly’’ is a clear, white powder form packed into a capsule which can either be ingested or even snorted which is rare. Ecstasy produces a euphoria, increases sensation, and intimacy while reducing anxiety (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 2007). The side effects I have noticed include dehydration, overheating (hyperthermia), fatigue, depression, loss of appetite, and insomnia.
I do not claim to be an expert on drug use nor do I promote it, but I have associated with people who actively “pop pills” at raves. I consider myself a moderate attendee to raves and have been able to make out those on the drug. My most recent experienced occurred at Tiesto who came to San Jose State and put on one hell of a show. The reason I choose to talk about drugs particularly pills is because of the notoriety that it has been receiving as of late from the media. Many rappers have referenced MDMA use in their song, the most popular one is “popped a molly im sweatin woo’” found in Trinidad James song, All Gold Everything. The common belief is that a “Molly” is these pressed pills with pretty designs in the middle that can range from a Mickey Mouse head to a Batman sign engraved in the middle. These pills come in all sorts of colors and designs which are often laced with multiple drugs such as methamphetamine, cocaine, or speed. This is not say they do not contain MDMA, but is less prevalent in the amount found. Any person who has a legitimate understanding to the drug world can tell you that pressed pills and “Molly” are not the same. This is not to say that a “Molly” cannot be laced or tampered with, but it’s usually hit or miss when taking it. Meaning that you either feel its effects or you don’t. It makes no sense that a person would lace the drug with more an expensive one like cocaine or even meth he, the drug dealer, would in fact be losing money if he did so. Another misconception is that “Molly” instantly hooks users into addiction; once you try one you will want more. The reality is that the many people I know who take the drug have taken more than once, but have spread out the usage and are still functioning members of society. This is not to say that there may be adverse effects later on. They only tend to “pop” for big raves and have not picked it up as an every weekend sort of thing. I can see pressed pills being addictive especially if the contain a lot of mixed garbage drugs. Lastly, people who do “roll” tend to be so into themselves enjoying their surroundings that violence is rarely an issue. The many times I have been to an event I have never seen a person ever being kicked out for fighting with another person. It could be that I maybe was not at the right place at the right time, since I cannot be everywhere at once but from my observations I have yet to see that happen.
I would describe people on “Molly” as being mellow (depending on what you are doing) versus being cracked out on pressed pills to the point where a person eyes balls go to the back of their head hence the term “rollin”. Again this is purely my own observation from the times I’ve seen my friends and others on the drug. Ecstasy is considered a schedule 1 drug according to DEA, but like marijuana I believe it is not correctly categorized. Partly because the media instills fear on the general public by warning about the consequences of trying these drugs yet they only trigger curiosity and end up promoting its use. There is potential death from overdosing on this drug, but for this same reason we have seen an increase presence of standing EMTs ready to assist those who do overdose at events. Not only this, but venues also offer free water to keep the public hydrated and prevent hyperthermia and possible death. Yes this drug is unsafe especially when consumed without properly knowing the source of it, but like other drugs a person’s curiosity tends to outweigh the possible dangers. I would just ask that people know what molly really is before taking something that may be sold under the same name, but in reality it could be something different. Also think of the possible long-term consequences from consuming drugs like ecstasy since majority of police agencies automatically disqualify a person from possible employment.
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration , (2007).Drugs and human performance fact sheets. Retrieved from website: http://www.nhtsa.gov/people/injury/research/job185drugs/methylenedioxymethamphetamine.htm