Good Golly: Turns Out Miss Molly's Not So Pure

poppin tags, or poppin pills?

poppin tags, or poppin pills?

If you’re under the age of forty, you probably know that Jay-Z is about the only person in entertainment that doesn’t pop Molly.  He rocks Tom Ford.  Miley’s dancing with Molly- hopefully not twerking.  Trinidad James is poppin’ Molly and sweatin’ while he’s posting on Instagram straight flexin’. (Yes you read that right.)  Molly is in and if you’re doing it, apparently so are you.

For the uninitiated wondering, but what is Molly??, let us welcome you from out under your rock. While its name is unassuming (more like the moniker of the 6th grade teacher’s pet tattle tale), Molly is supposed to be the purest form of the substance MDMA, what most know as Ecstasy.  It’s usually in powder or pill form and you can swallow it, put it on your gums, or snort it. (Some people are known to put it in other not so savory places.) It’s actually been around since 1914, and gained its first pop of notoriety in the 70’s when psychotherapists began giving it to patients. Most of the people we’ve heard describe their experiences on Molly say, “It’s like giving your whole body a hug.” Depressed patients. Body hug. Makes sense.  MDMA eventually took its spin on the club/rave scene, but then, “sometime in the last decade, it returned to clubs as Molly. Ecstasy re-branded as a gentler, more approachable drug,” as detailed by a June article in The New York Times.

If The New York Times is talking about it, it’s penetrated society.

Molly has hit the mainstream and is being used recreationally at parties–even at parties of prestigious New York cultural figures pushing 5-0.  Anyone remember Roger Sterling and his LSD experience? We think it must be a bit like that.

So how did Molly go from a drug used while dancing to house music to house parties thrown by adults? Clearly we missed the Molly memo, but we miss a lot of memos (although there are still others who have missed a few more memos than us.)

The exponential surge of Molly can be partially explained by two factors:

1)   Molly is marketed as pure, which people seem to think means natural and safe.

2)   Rolling. While you’re rolling aka on the drug, all of your troubles and worries melt away.

Part of the argument for legalizing marijuana is that it’s “natural,” so if Molly is pure, people feel free to experiment- even if they’re in the throes of menopause. Folks feel happy, they feel hip, and above all, they feel safe, however illegitimate and misleading this might be. A bad batch of Molly was recently distributed on the East Coast, resulting in three deaths.  Call us prude, but a warm 6-feet-under hug from a casket doesn’t sound like a good time.

Now if Molly is pure, how was there a bad batch? Simple drug economics. Dealers have been de-purifying (for lack of a better term) their supply and cutting it with other substances to increase profits.

September is National Recovery Month, and we think that all folks–teenagers, victims of the quarter-life crisis, and yes, adults– need to be careful when it comes to Molly. Like we always say, it’s the girls that seem the purest that are usually the most dangerous, and Miss Molly, she’s no exception.

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