What Is Molly (MDMA) Made Of?

Medically Reviewed by Johnelle Smith, M.D. on April 30, 2021

Molly is made of a synthetic compound and may contain cutting agents, such as powders, or other drugs, such as heroin. Not knowing what is in molly can lead to dangerous outcomes and increased risks of the drug.

What Is Molly (MDMA) Made Of?

The club drug known as MDMA, molly, and ecstasy is a synthetic crystalline compound.

It is created by the chemical synthesis that starts when safrole oil, a natural product of the Sassafras tree, is mixed with hydrobromic acid.

Typically sold in pill form, MDMA is often cut with powders like baking soda or caffeine.

However, molly is a street drug, so it may contain other dangerous drugs, like:

  • heroin
  • fentanyl
  • PCP
  • speed
  • THC
  • methamphetamine (meth)

Why Is It Important To Know What Is In Molly?

Because MDMA is illegal to possess and produce, it is only made in clandestine labs that may have questionable quality control.

Drug producers often brand molly, or mark it as their own with symbols or logos. This signals to people experienced with molly abuse what is contained in the drug.

Unmarked molly may contain any number of additives, bulking agents, or drugs, increasing a person’s risk for adverse effects.

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This is in addition to the risk of overheating, heart issues, and organ damage already associated with molly abuse.

Find Help With Molly Abuse

People that abuse club drugs like molly can experience negative effects and may be more likely to experiment with other substances.

If you or a loved one has been abusing drugs like MDMA, treatment can help you quit use of the drug and learn to live a sober life.

Talk to one of our drug treatment specialists to learn more about the range of rehab facilities and treatment options available.

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