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Miami's Molly Is Full of Meth, Coke, Bath Salts, and Other Terrible Stuff, Playboy Reports

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At the risk of sounding like a D.A.R.E officer, it's common knowledge that taking molly is a little like playing Russian roulette with your system. Perhaps because it's marketed as the luxury brand of chemicals, it's almost considered gauche to ask what's in it. Or, on the other hand, maybe it's so commonplace that displaying any degree of caution is considered lame. In that sense, it's like inquiring if the eggs you're ordering from a greasy spoon are free-range, organic, or cage-free -- the expectation is to just shut up and take what you're given.

See also: The Miami Herald Attempts to Explain "Molly" to Old People

In March, the Miami Herald ran a 1,200-word "exposé" about molly that left much to be desired. The article touched on the popular drug's unpredictable quality, but its authors only used reports from the Miami Police Department to bolster their argument. It was also a vaguely alarmist primer for this year's Ultra Music Festival aimed at old people who might not have known the city would be overrun that weekend with teenagers tripping on illicit substances. Luckily, Miami New Times contributors Frank Owen and Lera Gavin actually did the dirty work for a feature in this month's issue of Playboy.

In "Chasing Molly," the pair ran through the history of MDMA from its invention in 1912, its distribution as a social experiment by some university-tenured brainiacs in the '80s and '90s, to today, when it's a popular music trope. But more important, they took the time to actually test the drug. What they found in street samples purchased from reputable Miami Beach dealers wasn't surprising, although it was sort of alarming to read in print. (Hint: lots of meth, cocaine and bath salts; very little MDMA.)

The two conclude:

The molly phenomenon is also a marketing gimmick -- drug dealers rebranding a product that had gotten a bad reputation because it was so heavily cut with other substances. According to the hype, molly is for the cool kids, the discerning consumers who don't mind paying a premium to ensure quality, whereas ecstasy pills are for "e-tards," the dance-floor proletariat who turned MDMA from a hippie tool for inner exploration into another excuse to get trashed on a Saturday night.

They also note Miami's molly seems particularly impure. According to the DEA, the molly that Miami officers seized in 2013 contained "43 different substances, 19 of them so obscure even government chemists couldn't identify them."

So remember when cigarette companies renamed their products to use colors instead of adjectives like "light"? It's kind of like that. Or, possibly, molly was invented by the hip-hop illuminati to sell Miley Cyrus records. Either way, the moral of the story is to probably err on the side of caution and buy an over-the-counter testing kit. Kind of expensive, but so are tickets to Ultra, you know?

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29 comments
Damian Doss
Damian Doss

Chris Williams Alex Choi Jawad Awan be careful!

Genevieve Lacroix
Genevieve Lacroix

As per usual NT is the last to know... haha. Hope you guys at the press didn't do too much meth in the meantime.

horsemonkeygiraffe
horsemonkeygiraffe

As per usual, NT is the last to know, haha. Hope ya'll didn't doo too much meth before learning this!

Anastasia Biltmore
Anastasia Biltmore

This is what happened in the mid 90's. When you used to be able to get good clean rolls in 93, by 95, most of the pills floating around were full of all kinds of concoctions. "Straight from Amsterdam." Riiiiiiight.

Mariah345
Mariah345

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Alex Anico
Alex Anico

Reasons why the silk road was actually a good thing...

cobaltblu
cobaltblu

If people will shove anything down their throat why should the rest of us care?  Let  them clean up their own mess, and be done with it.

Micah Lee
Micah Lee

you can rest assure plenty of people are legitimately rolling their ass off in the 305..

Shannon Holcomb
Shannon Holcomb

Molly means pure MDMA. 15 years ago it was hard to get and I'm sure even harder these days. I think it's funny that the word molly is the cool thing to say nowadays when rarely has anyone even had it. 15 years ago ecstasy was starting to get caught with more and more junk and I'm sure even worse now. I'm glad I stopped doing all that crap when I did. if you really want to get high research all natural legal drugs, and please don't drive or do anything stupid with them or they will become illegal someday too.

Jane Es
Jane Es

I still don't understand in this day and age why people do drugs. You wanna kill yourself, buy a gun and fo it. Save taxpayers some dollars.

Rey Feliciano
Rey Feliciano

Wait so toy mean to tell me the drug dealers are dishonest. . Shocked

Jorge Mederos
Jorge Mederos

BREAKING NEWS: THOSE DRUGS YOU BOUGHT FROM YOUR HOMIES BOY WHO WORKS AT BEST BUY, AREN'T PURE! QUICK, ALERT THE MASSES!

Brent Acosta
Brent Acosta

hahahah Kyle Awon like you had one of these. KO lol

Brent Acosta
Brent Acosta

playboy reports?...cause everyone gets playboy for the articles Kyle Awon

Tony Miller
Tony Miller

Molly Thomas you see. Molly is bad news down here.

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