This Is What Ecstasy Pills Really Contain
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This Is What Ecstasy Pills Really Contain

1 min

Purity is always a concern when buying drugs on the street, especially so for ecstasy, the “mystery meat” of the drugs world. New research suggests the concern is warranted.

One of the main reasons MDMA gets such a bad reputation is ecstasy, a pill that is meant to consist of MDMA, but more often than not, is simply a cocktail of other cheaper drugs and fillers. It can make the difference between a loved-up night, or worst case ending up in hospital.

It is a widespread concern, and there are now those who campaign to educate users, to make sure they know what they are buying. One such group, known as Project Know, have been monitoring the content of both ecstasy and molly over the last 10 years, taking samples from around the globe. In total, they have analysed over 27,000 pills. The main takeaway from the results (which you can see below)? Always use a testing kit to make sure anything you buy is up to scratch.


Below is a chart summarising the results found from Project Know’s analysis, and they are quite shocking. Although it only takes into account a narrow range of countries, it shows that in all likelihood, any ecstasy you buy is going to have less than 50% MDMA in it.


As you can see, the Netherlands by far has the purest ecstasy, while places like Canada have the lowest.

According to Project Know:

“Most ecstasy pills do contain the substance that gives ecstasy its name: MDMA, or a substance similar enough in structure that it might as well be MDMA. But pills also frequently contain speed, which doesn’t mimic MDMA’s empathogenic quality and carries with it its own health risks, especially when consumed alongside other active ingredients."

Rather surprising was the chart that showed PMA content. PMA is similar in structure to MDMA, and can make you feel alert and alive; however, it is also a lot more toxic than MDMA, and carries a much greater risk of death (hence it also being known as Dr Death).

It just goes to show, you can never be too safe when it comes to things like ecstasy and molly. Always take care, test your stash, and buy from a source you trust.

Steven Voser
Steven Voser
Steven Voser is an independent cannabis journalist with over 6 years of experience writing about all things weed; how to grow it, how best to enjoy it, and the booming industry and murky legal landscape surrounding it.
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