How to Deal with a Molly Comedown
Taking molly may induce a state of intense euphoria for users, but this comes at a price. Users are the first to tell you just how uncomfortable the comedown can be. In this post, we offer a few tips on how to soften the landing.
The club drug, MDMA (or molly, as its often called) is popular with partiers for a reason. It fuels intensely enthusiastic, high-energy nights out that are characterised by unbridled euphoria and all-around good feelings about everyone who crosses your path. Illegal and downright dangerous as molly is, it’s easy enough to understand why some people choose to take it.
But all of that positive energy that users experience has a pronounced half-life. Indeed, the comedown from MDMA can be as harrowing as the high was enjoyable. Lethargy, malaise and even depression routinely result.
At The Cabin Sydney, we’ve seen all too often how molly addiction can ruin a person’s life. But we’re under no false pretences when it comes to the reality of ecstasy use in Australia. If you’ve found yourself in the grips of an almost unbearable molly comedown, there are a few steps you can take to soften your landing.
Here are six tips for coping with a molly comedown:
1. Rehydrate Religiously
One of the most powerful ways to make it through a comedown is to rehydrate. Drink plenty of water (sip rather than gulp), and even consider a sports-style beverage like Gatorade to help replenish your electrolytes. Honestly, any liquids you can tolerate drinking are going to be beneficial, except for alcohol and other dehydrating diuretics such as coffee or tea.
2. Try to Eat Something
For many people on a comedown, the last thing they want to do is eat. But it’s important to do so all the same. Your body is trying to recuperate after what amounts to a very stressful and taxing ordeal, and it needs fuel and enzymes with which to do so. Any source of calories is better than nothing (except, again, for alcohol). But if you’re going to eat something, you might as well do your body a favour and make it something helpful. Antioxidant foods are particularly beneficial – more on that in the next section.
3. Consume Antioxidant-Rich Foods
Your body is constantly being assaulted by free radicals, which are oxidising molecules that damage your cells and lead to premature ageing along with a host of other undesirable effects. Drugs containing MDMA flood your system with even more free radicals. The body’s natural line of defence against these damaging molecules are antioxidants, which are naturally found in certain types of foods. Consuming antioxidant-rich foods reduces oxidative stress and helps you recover more quickly. Here’s a list of antioxidant-rich foods to consider eating more of all the time – and especially when you’re muddling through a comedown.
4. Take a Magnesium Tablet
Magnesium tablets will help to relax your muscles, which is going to be especially helpful if you’re prone to clenching your jaw on molly (as many people are). It’s common to wake up the next day with sore jaw muscles – and other sore muscles, to be fair. Taking a magnesium tablet will help you to loosen up so that you feel better during and after your comedown. Bear in mind that the benefits are greatest if you take this tablet before you go out. Or better yet, eat a healthy diet of magnesium-rich foods all the time so that these benefits are available to you when you need them.
5. Replenish Your Supply of Neurotransmitters
One of the main reasons that molly comedowns can be so difficult to bear is because they deplete your body’s natural supply of neurotransmitters. That rush of serotonin to your brain may have felt wonderful earlier, but it has now led to a deficit. There’s no way to magically restore your serotonin level, but you ingest supplements that contain the precursors that your body uses to make serotonin. These include tryptophan and 5-HTP. While you’re at it, eat some velvet bean, which contains a precursor for dopamine (L-dopa).
6. Get Some Rest
You probably feel exhausted – and for good reason. Molly has sent your body into overdrive in more ways than one. Your neurotransmitters are depleted, your muscles are sore and the amphetamine quality of the drug means that your metabolism has been burning much more vigorously than usual. There’s also a good chance that you’ve been up much later and longer than you typically would. Even if it is difficult to get to sleep, you still need rest. Lie down, listen to some music and try to fall asleep.
Have Painful Molly Comedowns Become Part of Your Life?
If molly comedowns have become a routine occurrence for you, it may be time to ask yourself why you keep exposing yourself to this level of pain and discomfort. If quitting is harder than you’d like to admit, you might be in the early stages of addiction. If so, it’s time to get help and relegate these comedowns to the past.
The addiction treatment specialists at The Cabin Sydney are experienced in treating MDMA addiction. We provide confidential outpatient services in Sydney and can arrange discreet inpatient treatment through our rehab centre in Northern Thailand. Contact us today to find out more about how we can help.