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What is "Molly"?
Q: What does "Molly" mean in reference to MDMA? IS it just a slang name or does it designate some special type or something?

A: In the early 2000s, "molly" (short for "molecule") was a slang term for MDMA that comes in crystal or powder form (as opposed to pills). It is chemically the same thing as any other MDMA, and there's nothing special about it - other than the fact that crystal form generally means that it's not a mix of chemicals. In the 2000's that generally meant it was more likely pure MDMA than a tablet would be.

However, anytime a slang term develops which is intended to be used for the purest for of a substance, it quickly becomes used for all forms of the substance as every dealer wants their product to sound as pure and high quality as possible. Some tablets have been called "molly", implying that they are more pure than others, but EcstasyData testing results don't show that to be the case.

In the 2010's the term "molly" has been used for a variety of ecstasy-like substances in crystal or powder form (in bulk or in capsules). EcstasyData results show that material sold as "molly" is just as likely to be methylone as it is to be MDMA, and we have also seen ethylone, cocaine, 4-MEC, MDA, ethcathinone, methamphetamine, and BK-MBDB sold as "molly".

Practically, the term "molly" is the functional equivalent of the older term "ecstasy" but both of these terms now increasingly refer to a powder, capsule, or tablet containing a euphoric stimulant or stimulant, with the "molly" sometimes, by some people implying higher purity than "ecstasy"

One difference between the two names is the age of the person using the term. If you're under 30 (in 2014), you probably call the euphoric stimulant wish-it-were-MDMA substance "molly" and if you're over 30 you're more likely to call it "ecstasy".

The other functional difference is that 'ecstasy' was the term for 'wish it were MDMA' a decade ago and a decade ago there were fewer OTHER random euphoric stimulants than there are now. Ecstasy OR molly now is more likely to contain a cathinone-type stimulant than it was a decade ago because the 2014 market is flooded with cathinone-type stimulants.

Molly is not intentionally used by very many people as a term specifically for a non-MDMA substance. But non-MDMA substances (such as 4-methylmethcathinone, etc) are often sold as "molly" or "ecstasy", deceiving the buyer into thinking they are getting MDMA.

  1. The term molly is a new term for ecstasy, used functionally interchangeably.
  2. The current ecstasy market is highly variable, polluted, and mixed together with the huge new prohibition-driven proliferation of alternative, non-MDMA euphoric stimulants.

Asked By : Mr. Magoo
Answered By : Fire, Earth, Murple
Published Date : 1 / 6 / 2001
Last Edited Date : 1 / 22 / 2014
Question ID : 1793

Categories: [ Slang ] [ MDMA (Ecstasy) ]

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