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Video: This Is Your Brain on Molly

Learn the science behind MDMA, aka Molly, the "party drug" that seems to be on everyone's mind these days.

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Seems like everyone’s talking about “Molly” these days, thanks in part to Miley Cyrus’ hit “We Can’t Stop” (yes, it is all about drugs). As any know-it-all is quick to point out, Molly is technically just a cool nickname for pure MDMA, which is also the main ingredient in old school raver favorite, ecstasy. But what the hell is MDMA, anyways? And is it as dangerous as PSA’s and terrifying news headlines often tell us? Does it actually put holes in your brain, as rumors claim?

This latest episode of AsapSCIENCE takes a look at the neuroscience of MDMA (or it’s given name: 3,4-methylenedioxy-N-methyl amphetamine, which doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue), and its close pharmacological relative, ecstasy. The video points out that the drug has potentially therapeutic effects and is being explored as possible treatment for depression and PTSD. But it can do damage to your brain if used in excess. So, like all of us, Molly is complicated.