Dangers of Snorting Molly (MDMA) - Mandala Healing Center
Molly is the street name for a synthetic drug known as MDMA or ecstasy. When abused, Molly works as both a stimulant and a hallucinogen. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), about 2.2 million people reported using MDMA in 2021.
People abuse molly to experience increased energy, distortions in time and perception, as well as enhanced sensory perception. Because of the effects this drug produces, people often use it in club settings or at raves.
While many people consume Molly in tablet form, others might attempt to snort it. Snorting molly can be extremely dangerous, increasing the risk of adverse side effects and accidental overdose.
What are the Effects of Molly?
After consuming MDMA, you might begin to experience effects in 45 minutes. Most commonly, people who abuse Molly are doing so to feel an enhanced sense of well-being, increased energy, and emotional warmth or empathy toward others. Because of the way MDMA increases empathy, it was used during therapy sessions to improve communication back in the late 1970s and early 1980s, before it was banned in 1985.
The common effects of molly include:
- Enhanced sense of wellbeing
- A rush of euphoria
- Increased empathy
- Emotional warmth
- Enhanced sensory perception
- High blood pressure
- Feelings of faintness
- Panic attacks
In severe cases, MDMA has been known to cause loss of consciousness and seizures. Typically, this occurs when someone takes a high dose of Molly.
Can You Snort MDMA?
While most people swallow MDMA pills, it is possible to snort it. People who snort molly will crush up the crystallized version of it to inhale it through their nose. Usually, people choose to snort molly rather than swallow it because it can cause the effects to onset faster.
Even though snorting Molly can cause the effects to take place quickly, you should avoid this method of administration. Any kind of Molly abuse is dangerous, however, snorting the drug introduces new risks to be concerned about. Additionally, because the drug reaches your bloodstream and brain faster at a higher concentration, your risk of overdosing is increased.
What are the Risks of Snorting Molly?
Any form of molly abuse can be damaging to your mental and physical health.
The main risks of snorting Molly include:
When you snort molly, you are inhaling tiny crystals into your nasal passages. These crystals can be abrasive, causing damage like tiny cuts along your nasal passages. As a result, you are more prone to experiencing infections in your nose, nose bleeds, and even respiratory infections.
Snorting MDMA causes the effects to come on quickly, which can be an incredibly addictive feeling. While using molly in any manner repeatedly can lead to addiction, snorting it increases your chances of becoming dependent faster than you would otherwise.
Because snorting Molly causes the effects to hit you all at once, your risk of overdosing on it increases, making it important that you are aware of the signs of overdose.
The symptoms of a Molly overdose include:
- Abnormal heart rate and rhythm
- Body temperature dysregulation
- Muscle breakdown and kidney injury from hyperthermia
- Loss of consciousness
Molly overdoses can cause seizures and affect your heart, so you should always contact emergency medical services if you believe someone is overdosing.
MDMA increases the amount of serotonin that your brain is releasing. When you abuse large amounts of Molly, you are at risk of developing a potentially life-threatening condition known as serotonin syndrome.
The symptoms of serotonin syndrome may include:
- Nausea and vomiting
- High blood pressure
- Elevated heart rate
- Irregular heartbeat
- Loss of consciousness
- Loss of muscle coordination
- Shivering and goosebumps
- Muscle twitches or rigidity
If you have lost control of your MDMA use, you should consider seeking help from a licensed drug rehab program. During rehab, you will have access to the tools and support you need to achieve long-term sobriety.
Find Help for MDMA Abuse and Addiction
If you or a loved one frequently snorts MDMA, it’s time to seek help. At Mandala Healing Center, we can provide you with clinically proven treatments for your molly addiction, allowing you to gain the skills necessary to maintain lifelong sobriety.
To learn more about our addiction treatment programs, please contact us today.
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