What Is Benzo Fury?

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Benzo Fury (also known as White Pearl) is a street name that can refer to a number of chemical compounds—most often 5-APB or 6-APB—of Benzofuran. Benzofuran is of the amphetamine and phenylethylamine classes, and as such, is a stimulant. Benzo Fury is not to be confused with benzodiazepines, which are depressants and typically induce opposite effects.

Benzo Fury usually contains 6APB, which is not currently classified as a controlled substance at the federal level in the United States. However, it may be considered an analog of amphetamine, which would make its distribution or use prosecutable under the Federal Analog Act.

Despite this, Benzo Fury is sometimes abused by club-goers and others for the Ecstasy-like, stimulating effects and euphoria it produces. Benzo Fury is commonly found in tablet or powder form and can be consumed orally or snorted. 

Research into the possible effects of Benzo Fury has been limited due to its somewhat limited availability when compared with more mainstream substances. However, it has been associated with several unpleasant and dangerous side effects and has even been involved in a number of deaths.

Symptoms of Abuse or Addiction

Like ecstasy and some other stimulants, Benzo Fury is not known to be chemically addictive, and the development of an addiction is believed to be primarily psychological in nature. The desired effects, which peak at around 2-3 hours but can last for up to twelve, includes feelings of empathy, heightened sensations, significantly increased energy levels, and mild hallucinatory effects. Adverse effects may include the following:

  • High blood pressure
  • Increased body temperature
  • Sweating
  • Accelerated heart rate
  • Nausea and vomiting 
  • Headache
  • Chest pains
  • Anxiety and panic
  • Paranoia
  • Confusion
  • Impaired decision-making
  • Dehydration and thirst
  • Clenching/grinding of teeth
  • Nonsensical chatter

When the effects of Benzo Fury begin to subside, the user may experience a “comedown” characterized by fatigue, lethargy, and possibly depression.

Although the possible long-term consequences of Benzo Fury abuse are not fully known, its use has been associated with severe harm to an individual’s physical and mental health. These may include the following:

  • Liver or kidney damage
  • Cardiac arrest
  • Stroke
  • Cardiovascular problems
  • Dental damage
  • Cognitive impairment
  • Memory loss
  • Poor concentration

Troublingly, both paranoia and psychosis have also been associated with the long-term use of benzofuran. Users may experience episodes of profound confusion and agitation, possibly even weeks or even months after the last dose. Hallucinations, which the potential to prompting acts of aggression or self-harm, have also been reported. The abuse of benzofuran has also been associated with clinical depression, both as a result of the drug’s direct effects and as a symptom of withdrawal.

Benzo Fury Overdose

The development of psychosis is among the most common reasons why people who have overdosed on Benzo Fury are hospitalized. A person in this condition may experience paranoid delusions, extreme agitation, and the inability to differentiate reality from fantasy. Physical self-harm has also been reported.

Benzo Fury gained popularity in the United Kingdom before the United States, and several deaths involving this drug have been reported. This drug has been classified in the U.K. as a class B substance since 2014, making it illegal to use, possess, or distribute. Around this time, Benzo Fury began gaining popularity in the U.S., and overdoses began to occur. For example, a 20-year-old male student at the Univerity of Calfornia died at a music festival in 2014 after consuming alcohol excessively all day, followed up by the use of Benzo Fury.

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Withdrawal and Detox

Treatment for addiction usually begins with a period of detox. Benzofuran abuse may cause a variety of withdrawal symptoms, including the following:

  • Extreme anxiety
  • Depression
  • Insomnia
  • Irritability
  • Paranoia
  • Psychosis

A medically-assisted detox is always recommended to ensure the safety of a person undergoing withdrawal from Benzo Fury. During this process, a highly-qualified medical team will be available to make sure that the person goes through withdrawal as safely and as comfortably as possible. Patients can be consistently monitored, and complications can be addressed if they arise. In many cases, medications can be administered to reduce many of the worst symptoms of withdrawal.

Getting Treatment for Addiction

Recovery By The Sea is a specialized addiction treatment center that offers comprehensive programs and services that are highly beneficial for the process of recovery. All of our patients receive individualized care and are provided with all the tools and support they need to experience a long-lasting recovery.

If you need help with recovery from a drug or alcohol addiction, contact us today! We are dedicated to ensuring each person we treat receives the very best care available and can go on to live the fulfilling lives they deserve!

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What is Molly?

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What is Molly? – Molly is a recreational “club drug” that traditionally contains a psychoactive substance known as MDMA (3, 4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine.) Molly is essentially the powder/capsule form of MDMA, versus Ecstasy, which also includes MDMA but is more widely available in tablet form.

MDMA (Molly) is a synthetic drug that has both stimulant and hallucinogenic properties. There is still some debate as to whether MDMA should be classified as a hallucinogen with stimulant effects, vice versa, or a drug class entirely all of its own.

In any case, the desired effects of MDMA or Molly include feelings of high energy and euphoria, hallucinations, as well as increased extroversion, sociability, emotional warmth, empathy, and sexual desire.

But What is Molly, Really?

Although Molly is often touted as being “pure” MDMA and more potent than its counterpart Ecstasy, the reality is entirely different.

Moreover, the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) recently stated that only about 13% of the Molly seized in New York, for example, actually contained MDMA. Even then, Molly frequently contains other drugs, including Methylone, MDPV, 4-MEC, 4-MMC, MePP, and Pentedone.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) reports that initially, tablet and powder forms of MDMA were 30-40% MDMA, while the rest of the substance including cutting agents to boost dealer profits. NIDA says that currently, Molly, as sold on the street, is probably even less pure, and can contain any number of synthetic and illicit drugs such as synthetic cathinones (bath salts), crystal meth, cocaine, ketamine (Special K), and over-the-counter medicines.

A Brief History of MDMA

MDMA was first synthesized in 1912 by a German company, purportedly for use as an appetite suppressant. It was later employed in the psychiatric community in the 1970’s as an aid to psychotherapy.

As noted, MDMA is considered to be party or “club drug”, and indeed, it is probably the drug most synonymous with this designation. The drug’s popularity peaked in the 1990’s and early 2000’s, typically used among teenagers and young adults in large group social settings such as parties, raves, clubs, festivals, concerts, etc.

The DEA classifies MDMA as a Schedule I controlled substance, meaning that the drug has a high potential for abuse, dependence, and has no legitimate medical purpose.

How Molly Works

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Molly affects three main brain neurotransmitters, including serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine. These chemicals hijack the brain’s reward center and can cause dependence – a condition that results as the brain becomes accustomed to the drug’s presence and is unable to function correctly without it.

After Molly has been metabolized from a person’s system, an effect known as a “crash” is likely to follow – a condition caused by a marked drop in feel-good neurotransmitters in the brain, such as dopamine. This can result in psychological symptoms such as depression, anxiety, irritability, and emotional withdrawal.

Side Effects of Molly

Short-term Side Effects of Molly include the following:

  • Blurred vision
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Muscle cramps
  • Loss of appetite
  • Hyperactivity
  • Bruxism (teeth grinding/clenching)
  • Increasing body temperature
  • Hyperthermia (overheating)

A Word on Overdose

Hyperthermia, in addition to dehydration, is one of the most dangerous complications of Molly abuse and can result in seizures, heart problems, heat stroke, and other life-threatening complications.

While overdoses are rare, they can and do happen – especially considering that drugs purchased as Molly probably actually contain other toxic substances. Also, many people who use Molly are also under the influence of other drugs or alcohol that can result in unpredictable effects and complications.

In January, A&E’s television series “Storm Chasers” co-star Joel Taylor died on a cruise ship. The cause was later revealed to be an overdose of MDMA, and also found were “traces” of ketamine in his system.

Long-term Side Effects of Molly

  • Arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat)
  • Hypertension
  • Increased risk of heart attack or stroke
  • Damage to liver and kidneys
  • Mood swings, depression, and anxiety
  • Apathy and dysphoria
  • Reduced sex drive
  • Increased aggression
  • Impaired attention and memory
  • Dependence and withdrawal symptoms, which also include fatigue, depression, difficulty concentrating, and sleep disturbances.

Treatment for Molly Addiction

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Treatment for an addiction to Molly or MDMA should begin with a medical detox to rid the body of toxins in a supervised environment. Residential addiction treatment in our center should shortly follow for at least 30 days.

After discharge from inpatient treatment, clients are encouraged to participate in intensive outpatient treatment, which offers continued therapy and support while the client transitions back into society.

Both inpatient and outpatient formats make use of behavioral therapies, counseling, 12-step-programs, and activities complementary to treatment such as yoga, meditation, and music and art therapy.

Outpatients attend sessions at the center several times per week but live at a private residence or sober living home. During this phase of treatment, clients have the flexibility to attend work or school and interact with family, friends, and peers.

After addiction treatment at the center is completed, former patients can take advantage of our aftercare planning services and alumni activities.

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