Just the other night one of my Twitter followers tweeted me upon coming across my MDA trip report, perplexed as to why I left the second “M” out of the title.
@JamesKaliwae isn't it MDMA?
— Tommy (@Trap_God_) October 22, 2015
I gotta say, I was quite honored that the @Trap_God_ himself saw fit to bestow his inquiry upon me (and quite surprised the God of all Traps turned out to be a white dude). I felt such an honor warranted a deeper look at what makes MDA and MDMA unique from one another. It’s time the mystery surrounding these two drugs be put to rest once and for all!
While we here at ewwty certainly have our fun tripping on various substances, we do nevertheless value responsibility and understanding when it comes to drug use, à la the values espoused by Erowid. And I think these values are all the more important considering the prevalence of Molly-related “overdose” deaths these past few years.
I should note for the sake of clarity, I put “overdose” above in quotes because these deaths are never actually the result of overdose, but rather a litany of other factors which modern journalists would rather not delve into. That, and I find quotation marks are the best way to impart my sassy personality in written form. You know you can’t get enough of that sass (pun intended).
Anyway… differences between MDA and MDMA… let’s do this junt.
What’s the difference between MDA (Sassafras) and MDMA (Molly)
Okay, let’s get these big-ass scientific names out of the way.
I’m no chemist, so I can’t speak to the significance of their molecular structure. But I have tripped on both MDA and MDMA more than once, so I’ll just focus on the difference between their effects.
That is, MDA is more prone to producing visual hallucinations/distortions, while MDMA is more prone to feelings of euphoria/well-being. While all drugs have different effects on different people, this is supported by pretty much everyone who has experienced both MDA and MDMA (myself included).
That’s not to say that MDMA doesn’t possess psychedelic qualities as well (nor that MDA doesn’t possess entactogen qualities). They just vary in degree.
There are, of course, other differences in the effects of these two chemicals. Here’s the general consensus among users who’ve experienced both:
- While both drugs are stimulants, MDA is much more potent in terms of it’s stimulant effects (i.e. 150 milligrams of MDA induces more potent effects than 150 milligrams of MDMA).
- MDMA is more mellow than MDA, or less likely to produce a “bad trip.”
- MDA produces more physical side effects such as gastric distress and pupil dilation.
- MDA is more likely to induce nausea, dizziness, and vertigo.
- MDA is more likely to induce mental confusion; on the contrary, MDMA tends to increase mental lucidity.
Like I said, this is based off my own research, feedback from readers and friends, and is supported by my own experiences with MDA and MDMA.
|MDA effects||MDMA effects|
As you can see, they have a lot of the same effects. If you ask me, their list of MDA effects is somewhat lacking. It seems as though it could be a little more specific; though, admittedly, I’m not sure exactly what I would add. I’d need to discuss it with others to confidently add to it.
Here’s how others describe the difference between MDA and MDMA:
MDA has a much more tactile and visual nature than MDMA, which is more of a clear mental state. MDA is even more touch-sensitive than MDMA, and sexual feelings are more pronounced.
– via drugs-forum.com
I found MDA to have a more psychedelic flavour than pure MDMA, a slighter longer duration of effects and more marked body-load with jaw clenching and nystagmus (eyes jittering).Both MDA and MDMA are extremely pleasurable but I prefer MDA for its ‘trippiness’ over and above the ‘I love everyone and everything’ feeling.
– via DMT Nexus
…both have given me amazing experiences, MDMA giving the more intensely euphoric experiences and very good for intimate gatherings of close friends and sexual partners. As others have said MDA is very intense and has given me amazing visuals when combined with LSD, also it does last a good bit longer and has much more available energy then MDMA which usually has me layed out on a bed or sofa (unless combined with L), unlike MDA where I can dance my ass off by itself unless too high a dose is taken and I’m in another world.
– via Shroomery
Anyway, that should about cover it. As the holy Trap God himself put it,
— Tommy (@Trap_God_) October 22, 2015
If you’ve experienced both MDA and MDMA and have input to share, or if you think I got something wrong, please leave a comment below!
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