Since the dawn of time, human beings have been seeking substances that will change the way they feel. Unfortunately, using these substances almost always comes at a cost. Addiction, illness, death, and other detrimental consequences are just a few of the pitfalls accompany drug experimentation.

The Rise of So-Called Party Drugs

Nevertheless, this hasn’t stopped people from continuing to seek new and improved ways to take the party to the next level.

In the past 50 years, we have seen the rise of “party drugs,” also known as “club drugs,” taken at clubs, raves, parties, and festivals. The purpose of taking these substances is to enhance the experience of being surrounded by loud music, colorful light shows, and other party goers. The problem is that these drugs are highly addictive and very dangerous.

In this article, we will talk about four of the most popular club drugs in detail and tell you why you should probably stay far away from them. 

#1 MDMA – Molly

Without a doubt, MDMA (also known as “Molly”) is the most notorious club drug. For this reason, we will spend the most time talking about this particular substance.

People of all ages take MDMA and “roll” at clubs, raves, parties, and festivals. However; it is most popular among 18 to 25-year-olds. According to the Global Drugs Survey in 2014, 20 percent of Americans in this age group reported they had used MDMA in the past year.

Slang Names:

  • Molly
  • Ecstasy
  • Roll
  • “X” or “E”
  • Beans
  • Love Drug
  • Skittles

What is Molly?

MDMA is short for “3,4 methylenedioxymethamphetamine,” commonly called “Molly.” It is a psychoactive drug derived from safrole oil, which is found in certain plants. MDMA is illegal in the United States. Being in possession of even one dose of this substance could land you in jail with a felony charge if you are caught with it.  

A typical MDMA dose lasts anywhere from three to six hours. It usually takes about 30 minutes to kick in. Typically, users will often take a number of pills over the course of an evening to keep “rolling” for 12-24 hours.  

A Brief History on MDMA

MDMA was first synthesized in 1912 by a drug company called Merck. But, the drug was relatively unknown until 1976 when a medicinal chemist named Alexander Shulgin made an amazing discovery. Shulgin developed a new synthesis method and  then took the drug himself. He found that it increased his sense of empathy, connectedness, and compassion.

Shulgin decided to share his findings with a few of psychotherapists. They saw the value in the drug and began to use it for individuals and couples undergoing therapy. Before long, MDMA found its way to the streets and was bought and sold for recreational use. It should come as no surprise that the hippies of the late 70’s used the drug in excess.  

In 1985, MDMA  was classified by the federal government as a Schedule I drug. This means it is among the “most dangerous” drugs – along with marijuana (really?), LSD and heroin.

Despite its classification, MDMA is still popular for so-called club kids who like to roll at raves and other party spots. Users will tell you that the high from the drug is worth the risk of jail time.

What Does Molly Do?

MDMA produces both stimulant and psychedelic effects, which causes a euphoric feeling and mild hallucinations. Also, people say they feel a wonderful feeling of connectedness while under the influence of this club drug.

Molly is usually taken orally in a pill form. However, MDMA is also sold as a powder or crystal and it is sometimes snorted.

Are You Really Getting MDMA?

You should know that if you buy Molly, you are more than likely NOT getting pure MDMA. The stuff is very hard to come by and it is quite expensive. For these reasons, most X pills are made with a low dose of MDMA combined with other substances. 

These include heroin, amphetamines (either street meth or meds like Adderall), cocaine, bath salts, ephedra, caffeine, and unknown synthetic substances.

Buyer beware: when you buy Molly, you have NO idea what you are getting. This could lead to deadly consequences or a pretty bad “trip.” 

Why is Molly Such a Popular Club Drug?

This highly-sought drug is in high demand and so is the ecstasy experience. People will go to certain clubs, raves, or festivals that are designed to enhance the drug trip. These party spots are designed specifically to cater to those who are “rolling” or lk…………..high on drugs.

MDMA’s effects are enhanced with color visuals (like light shows), sounds (hence the club music), and touching (which is why everyone “loves” all over each other when they are under the influence of this powerful drug). These feelings can be highly intoxicating and usually lead to more dancing, touching, and partying.

Molly causes extreme dilation of the pupils. Additionally, most users experience excessive jaw-clenching and tooth-grinding, which can cause broken teeth or permanent enamel damage.

Learn these 10 fast facts about MDMA.

Common Short-Term Side Effects of Using Molly

There is no doubt that this drug has the potential to make a user feeling really good for a short period of time. However, while you are under the influence of MDMA, you might experience some of the following negative short-term effects:

  • Dry Mouth
  • Dilated Pupils 
  • Enhanced sensory perception 
  • Increased anxiety
  • Excessive sweating 
  • Dehydration 
  • Uncontrollable body movements
  • Disorganized thinking 
  • Nausea
  • Chills 
  • Teeth clenching
  • Increased heart rate or blood pressure 
  • Hot flashes

Also, you should know about what happens when this drug wears off. When the drug stops working and you start to come down, your brain will be depleted of Serotonin. This is a neurotransmitter in the brain that causes feelings of contentment and wellness. 

Without the proper amount of Serotonin in your system, you are likely to experience extreme depression and anxiety. You may even have suicidal thoughts. Believe it or not, it can take months for the brain to fully restore itself about just one does of MDMA.  

#2 Ketamine

Okay, we have talked about Molly. Now, let’s talk about three other popular party drugs. First one on the list is Ketamine.

Slang Names:

  • Special K
  • K
  • Vitamin K
  • Kit-Kat
  • Jet

What is Ketamine?

Ketamine is an anesthetic that is commonly used to tranquilize animals and sedate humans before surgery. This is the intended use of the drug. It should only be used in a hospital setting by licensed medical professionals. However; many take this drug to get high and go down a “K-hole.” This is described as a type of hallucinogenic trip.

Ketamine is typically sold in a liquid or powder form. It can be injected with a needle, consumed in drinks or food, snorted, or added to marijuana and cigarettes.

How Does Ketamine Make You Feel?

Those who use Special K say this drug gives them a feeling of euphoria that can be compared to having an out-of-body experience. It is often described as a “dissociative experience” because the mind and the body don’t seem to connect, which results in strange but pleasurable feeling.

Ketamine is A Common Date Rape Drug

While many young women take this drug to enjoy themselves at a rave, club, or party, they often find themselves in deep trouble. You should be warned – this drug is often used by men to commit date rape. Be wary of anyone who tried to give you K for free. They might be setting you up for an attack.

Most people stay active when they take Ketamine and dance or engage in other physical activities. However; if you sit or lay down for an extended period of time, it can render you immobile and unable to move. Plus, Special K causes short-term memory loss. This is a recipe for disaster.

While under the influence of this potent substance, women are often sexually assaulted because they are unable to fight back. And, because of the loss of memory, they cannot accurately explain to police what happened or identify their attacker.     

Every woman who goes out drinking should always be aware of her surroundings. Some women do not take this drug voluntarily. It is slipped into a drink without their knowledge.

A Low Dose of Ketamine is Sometimes Used for Depression, Anxiety and PTSD 

In spite of its reputation as a club drug, there has been a positive buzz about Ketamine Infusion Therapy in the last few years. Some studies suggest that small doses of this powerful substance can actually help treat mental health issues like anxiety, depression, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). It may also help with chronic pain. 

In certain states, ketamine infusion clinics are now legal. These facilities allow people to undergo a series of ketamine treatments involving a small dose of the drug. This is done under the strict supervision of a licensed professional in a clinical setting. These treatments do not come cheap and they are typically not covered by insurance. One session can cost up to $750. 

When used under these conditions, ketamine is usually safe and can be effective as a medical treatment. However, this is not a green light to assume SPecial K is safe when using it as a club drug. When you buy this stuff on the streets, you have no idea what you are taking or what dose to take. In the wrong hands, this drug can be highly dangerous.

 #3 Cocaine

Powdered cocaine was very popular in the 1970’s and 1980’s during the disco music era. For a time, we didn’t hear much about cocaine as other, newer drugs made their way to the drug scene. However; coke is making a comeback. We are now seeing a surge in cocaine use – particularly among club-goers.

Slang Names

  • Coke
  • Powder
  • White
  • China
  • Snow
  • Flake

What is Cocaine?

Cocaine is a stimulant that comes from the coca plant, which thrives in certain tropical climates – Columbia, for example.

There is a lengthy process involved in transforming the coca planet into the powdered white substance bought and sold on the streets of America. This includes “washing” it with harsh chemicals like acetone and gasoline.

Cocaine was once used in the United States as a medicinal remedy. But, today it is illegal. Possession of even a tiny bit of cocaine results in a felony drug charge – and for good reason. It is a dangerous substance that should be feared.

Why is Coke a Popular Party Drug?

Believe it or not, cocaine is fairly easy to find and buy cocaine in the United States. It is much more available than Molly or Ketamine. It is also somewhat affordable these days, making it a favorite for those who enjoy taking party drugs.

Cocaine produces a speedy feeling of euphoria. It makes everything feel as if it is going faster. Those who take it in a rave or club setting say that the music and the lights enhance their experience on the drug.

The Harsh Truth About Cocaine

The problem is, cocaine is one of THE MOST addictive substances on the planet. Cocaine withdrawal is very unpleasant, so users will continue to take the drug to avoid the crash.

What starts out as good innocent fun often results in a hardcore addiction that robs users of everything that matters to them. While cocaine might seem cheap in the beginning, it quickly becomes a monster expensive habit that most cannot afford to keep up. This often results in theft, prostitution, and other crimes.

#4 Crystal Meth

Crystal meth, the fourth and final party drug on our list, is a highly addictive substance that can turn a party into a nightmare in a matter of hours. Seriously.

Slang Names for Crystal Meth:

  • Crystal
  • Meth
  • Ice
  • Crank
  • Speed

What is Crystal Meth?

Meth is a synthetic stimulant made from toxic chemicals designed to give users a rush. It is a white or yellowish crystalline substance that can be injected, smoked, snorted, or eaten. It is highly addictive and illegal.  

This drug produces an excess of energy and an intense high that lasts for hours. Meth is relatively cheap. A $20 investment can keep a meth user up for days at a time with no sleep or food. Because of the inexhaustible energy it produces; club kids can party all night and drink alcohol to excess while still remaining alert and aware.  

The Nasty Truth About Meth

The reality is that crystal meth is one of the most harmful substances you can put into your body. Ingredients include battery acid, gasoline, kerosene, cleaning agents like bleach, and brake fluid. Why would you want to poison your body for a short-lived high?

Another fact about ice is that it can truly make you lose your mind. Those who binge on the drug and stay up for days often lapse into a drug-induced psychosis. This can cause hallucinations, delusions, and paranoia – which all lead to risky behavior. It is not uncommon for someone who is high on meth to be admitted for psychiatric care while they are under the influence.

Using Meth as a Club Drug is Never a Good Idea

Be advised that crystal meth heats up the body’s internal core temperature. It also dramatically increases heart rate. For these reasons, doing ice and going to a packed club, dancing all night, and drinking alcohol could result in an immediate health crisis.

A heat stroke caused by dehydration or a fatal heart attack are both very real possibilities for those who take this drug in a party setting. People have a tendency to underestimate the dangers of this drug. Please don’t make that mistake.   

What to Do in Case of an Overdose

Make no mistake about it – taking club drugs and partying all night poses a serious risk to your immediate health. Overdose is a very real possibility when it comes to using drugs like Molly, ketamine, cocaine, or meth.

If you insist on taking club drugs and going out for a night on the town, you should be informed. You could save a life or avoid a catastrophic medical situation if you know what to look out for. Talk to your friends before you got out and have a game plan. Be sure to take care of each other so you don’t fall out somewhere alone without anyone to help you.

Signs of an Overdose

You definitely need to know the signs of an overdose when taking club drugs. If you suspect that you or someone you are with is experiencing an overdose, you should take immediate action.

Here are some of the most common indicators that someone is experiencing an overdose on a party drug:

  • Irregular and rapid heart rate along with chest pains
  • Mental confusion
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Excessive sweating
  • Whitish or bluish lips
  • Blurred vision
  • Loss of mobility
  • Uncontrolled body movements
  • Vomiting
  • Loss of consciousness (fainting or blacking out)
  • Seizures

Take Action Immediately

If you suspect that someone you’re with is experiencing a drug overdose, you should absolutely consider it a medical emergency and call 911.

Also, it is best to get out of the club or rave and into fresh air outside if possible. Then, you should give the overdosing person a drink that replenishes electrolytes like Vitamin Water or Gatorade. 

If you only have water, just give them small sips. Chances are they their body is depleted from sweating, dehydration, and exhausted by the drug itself. Too much water can cause sodium levels to drop dangerously low.

Also, try to get their body temperature down. An overdose is often brought on by a heat stroke. Get a cloth or napkin and fill it with ice from the bar and place it on their forehead or neck. Keep it there until help arrives.   

Do not panic. You need to keep the person as calm as possible. They will respond to your perceived level of crisis. Do not freak out while you are waiting for emergency techs to arrive. Do your best to tell them soothing words in a calm voice like, “Everything is going to be okay.”  

Don’t be Afraid to Call 911

Many people hesitate when a friend is overdosing. They are afraid to dial 911 because they have been using illegal drugs. DO NOT make this mistake!

The EMTs are not concerned about what drugs you have been using. They are not going to arrest you. They are NOT the police. They are there to provide life-saving treatment. Make sure you are honest with them and tell them what drugs and how much your friend has been using.

Even if the police do arrive, most states have the Good Samaritan Law in effect. This means drug users, dealers, or those in possession will not be arrested if they call for medical assistance during an overdose.

Always Remember that Party Drugs can be Dangerous and Addictive

All of the drugs we have mentioned – MDMA, ketamine, cocaine, and crystal meth – can cause overdose and immediate death and many other side-effects. If you don’t die while you are under the influence, you could become a slave to the drug. You can get hooked in a very short time.

What starts out as experimentation can lead to a regular habit, which can lead to an addiction rather quickly. Please don’t make the mistake of thinking that you are somehow “different” or “special” and that you won’t become addicted. Addiction does not discriminate.

The Dangers of Using Club Drugs – Is it Worth the Risk?

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Club drugs may feel good for a period of time, but in the long run, they cause damage to your body. Some studies have shown that they increase the possibility of a heart attack years after someone has stopped taking these drugs.

Also, remember that club drugs include powerful substances that profoundly affect the way the brain functions. If you have been taking any one of these drugs for an extended period of time, you may very well go through withdrawal when you stop taking them.

Furthermore, party drugs sharply increase the release of the feel-good chemicals Serotonin and Dopamine. Once the drug wears off, the brain is depleted of these neurotransmitters, which leads to a crash. This can result in extreme depression and even suicide.

Party drugs may seem alluring, but is it really worth the risk for a few hours of fun?

When the Party’s Over – How to Get Help

If you believe you may be addicted to MDMA, ketamine, cocaine, or crystal meth; please seek help immediately. You are in very real danger. Addiction is a life-threatening disease that kills more than 70,000 people every year.

Have you tried again and again to stop on your own, but have been unable to do so,? If so, we recommend that you check out our extensive list of resources for women in Colorado and across the United States.  

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