The terms “molly” and “ecstasy” are oftentimes used to describe different forms of the same drug: MDMA. Molly is a street term used to identify powdered MDMA, while ecstasy is used to identify pressed MDMA that comes in pills of various shapes, sizes, and colors. While this vernacular is used to differentiate the form of the drug, molly and ecstasy are (supposed to be) the same substance.
Some people think that getting molly, or powdered MDMA, means it is purer than ecstasy, or pressed MDMA, as it is commonly believed that an ecstasy pill contains more adulterants than MDMA in its powdered form. This, however, is not always the case. Both powdered and pressed versions of MDMA can be equally adulterated, and one can peruse EcstasyData.org entries to see both MDMA pills and MDMA powder that are both highly adulterated. Due to the unregulated and far-reaching nature of the black market, it is virtually impossible to obtain a “pure” substance, which is true for both powder and pressed forms of MDMA.
This assertion is supported by a Johns Hopkins University study published online today in the Journal of Psychopharmacology which found that of the data collected between July 2010 and July 2015 by DanceSafe volunteers conducting on-site drug checking, substances sold as molly were found to be as adulterated as substances sold as ecstasy.
Finally, DanceSafe also cautions people from consuming pressed pills whole as there have been a number of stacked press pills (pills containing more than one standard dose of MDMA) circulating the market. Rather, people who use MDMA should implement a “less is more” approach regardless of the MDMA’s form by taking a small amount at first and waiting up to 2 hours before redosing to get a feel for the substance’s effects. Furthermore, it is important to note that this should be done for each dose consumed as batches of MDMA may not be cut evenly.