MDMA (Ecstasy/Molly)


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  • MDMA, also called Molly or Ecstasy, is a lab-made (synthetic) drug that has effects similar to stimulants like methamphetamine, although some researchers and organizations consider MDMA to be a psychedelic drug because it can also mildly alter visual and time perception.
  • MDMA’s effects may include feeling more energetic and alert and having an increased sense of well-being, warmth, and openness toward others. However, MDMA can also cause unpleasant and potentially dangerous negative health effects.
  • Though MDMA is commonly taken as an illicit drug, researchers are studying its use in therapeutic settings as a potential treatment for severe post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

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Find More Resources on MDMA

  • Read more about MDMA research from the National Institutes of Health. 
  • Find basic information from MedlinePlus, a service of NIH’s National Library of Medicine (NLM).
  • Learn more about MDMA from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).