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Molly Comedown: What You Need to Know

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Molly, also called 3,4-methylenedioxy-methamphetamine (MDMA) and ecstasy is a popular drug. Users report that the drug makes them feel positive emotions and feelings such as euphoria and increased energy. However, after the effects, which lasts about six hours, you may experience a comedown. Comedowns are not unique to MDMA, as people who use other drugs such as cocaine sometimes experience a comedown too. Comedowns are usually pretty unpleasant but there are ways to avoid them and alleviate the symptoms. Here’s what you need to know about a molly comedown. 

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What Does a Molly Comedown Feel Like? 

A molly comedown feels differently for everyone. Pivot Point says that comedowns not only differ from person to person but there can be a wide range of symptoms. Symptoms can either be physical or emotion. 

Pivot Point also says that people who use a particular drug more often tend to have worse comedowns than those who use it occasionally. Therefore if you’re a regular user of molly, chances are your comedowns will be worse than someone who uses it every once in a while.

As a matter of fact, a study found that more intense comedowns may be a marker for ecstasy dependency. 

Comedowns happens after the effects of the drugs have worn off. They typically happen within a few days of taking the drug. There is a wide range of symptoms associated with a molly comedown. Steps to Recovery says some of the symptoms include:

  • Fatigue
  • Anxiety
  • Sleep problems 
  • Decrease in appetite
  • Depression
  • Problems with memory and attention
  • Aggression 
  • Impulsiveness
  • Dizziness 
  • Loneliness
  • Spike in body temperature

How Long Does Molly Comedown Last?

The length of time you’ll feel the effects of the comedown depends on the individual. 

However, according to Steps to Recovery, the effects of the comedown can last between 2 to 3 days. 

Pivot Point warns that if your comedown is taking more than a few days, it’s time to seek a medical professional. 

In addition to that, molly would probably be detectable in your body during these days. While 95% of MDMA is cleared out of your body within the first 40 hours, urine tests can still show it for up to four days. 

How to Avoid Molly Comedown

The best way to avoid molly comedown symptoms is to avoid molly. 

Other options, according to God’s Mountain Recovery Center include:

  • Taking breaks in between molly sessions. They recommend at least three weeks between each session. In addition to that, avoid redosing. People usually redose to increase the amount of time they feel the effects, however, it’s not recommended especially if you want to avoid a comedown. 
  • Getting more than 9 hours of sleep before and after using molly. 
  • Using smaller doses. 120mg is recommended for smaller people while 180mg may be suitable for bigger people. 
  • Test your molly before using to ensure it’s authentic. To do that, you can send your sample into a lab or use an at home drug kit. The kit may be considered drug pharanelia and may be illegal in your state. Pure molly is better than an impure blend. 
  • Avoid mixing molly with other drugs. Other drugs that also have comedowns are definitely a no no. 

How to Recover From Molly Comedown 

If you’re having a molly comedown, you probably feel awful. While some people have milder episodes, others have comedowns that require medical attention. If your comedown is not that severe, here are some tips to recover:

Get Some Rest

 More rest is always the answer and that’s especially true when having a comedown. Pivot Point recommends spending the day in bed and watching TV. You could try reality TV or maybe some dystopian movies would be a great watch. 

The reason rest and sleep works, according to Pivot Point, is, “[resting] enables your brain, muscles and blood vessels to heal repair and function normally again”. 

God’s Mountain Recovery suggests more than 9 hours of sleep while Steps to Recovery just says to get as much rest as possible. 

Stay Hydrated

Being dehydrated during a comedown will just make you feel worse. Pivot Point says combining comedowns with dehydration can lead to nausea, headaches, and lethargy. 

While you’re drinking water and getting your electrolytes levels up make sure you’re doing it in moderation. While there is no set amount of water that you should drink when having a molly comedown, Steps to Recovery cautions against drinking water too quickly. 

While they didn’t say why it may have to do with overhydration. Molly usually makes people feel hot and get sweaty which makes them drink water too quickly. 

Overhydration due to molly has similar symptoms to dehydration such as nausea and headaches. 

While overhydration is usually a problem within the hours you’re feeling the effects of the drug. However, overhydration can happen at other times so hydrate slowly but keep hydrated. 

Remember, during your comedown, you may have a spike in your body temperature, don’t use this as an indicator to guzzle water too quickly. That can be dangerous.

Don’t Take More Drugs

You may be tempted to take more drugs so that you can feel better, however, it’s not a great idea. As Pivot Point states, taking more drugs just delays the comedown but you’ll feel it anyway. 

Just remind yourself it’s temporary and wait it out.


Some people lose their appetites during a comedown. However, it’s important that you eat. While you may want to reach for a bag of chips and soda, opt for healthier food during this time. God’s Mountain Recovery suggests foods low in sugar. 

Pivot Point went a bit further and said that you should eat healthy carbs, proteins, and fat. While they admit that some food is better than no food, opt for healthier options. 

Whatever you do, don’t wash down the food with any alcohol.


Comedowns happen within a few days of taking the drug and last for a few days, usually 2-3. Molly comedowns have physical and emotional symptoms. However, there are ways to reduce your risk of having a comedown and ways to treat the symptoms you may feel. Everybody may not feel the same symptoms so don’t use your friends’ comedowns to know what will happen to you. The best way to avoid this experience is to avoid molly.


About Trevann

Trevann is Stoner Rotation’s Jamaica-based lead writer for the Science section of our cannabis blog. She graduated with honors receiving her Bachelor of Science degree in Molecular Biology from the University of West Indies, Mona. For the last three years, she has covered some of the biggest questions around cannabis and health underpinned with research from supporting studies, medical journals and scholarly articles. Got something on your mind? You can reach her at [email protected].