MDMA has been in the news lately due to it being explored as a substance to help people with PTSD. It is a drug that has a history of being abused recreationally, though there is good news on that front. From an ONS report published in 2023, the use of the drug was at its lowest use since data was first collected.

MDMA use, however, remains a risk. There have been news stories popping up of MDMA lollipops being discovered during police operations. This new way for MDMA to be consumed presents more dangers for people – especially those younger – who may be unaware of the dangers of the drug.

If you are worried about MDMA lollipops, you should know more about MDMA, the dangers of the drug and what you can expect at a drug rehab if you suffer from an addiction.


What is MDMA?

MDMA (3-4 methylenedioxymethamphetamine), also commonly referred to as molly, mandy or crystal, is a synthetic drug that is also known as ecstasy. Unlike cannabis, a synthetic drug can be created chemically and doesn’t require anything to grow.

It was first synthesised in 1912 and became popular as a recreational drug in the 1980s and 90s with the rise of the rave scene. It is a stimulant and a psychedelic, giving a person energy and distorting their perceptions of time and their surroundings. On MDMA, you will feel very happy and alert, feeling great affection for the people around you.


How is MDMA Typically Consumed?

MDMA is regularly taken in the form of ecstasy pills. People swallow them or crush them to powder and snort them. Often, these pills are cut with other unknown substances, so it is dangerous to take a whole one at once.

In powder form, people dab it into their gums or wrap it in cigarette paper and then swallow it. This is known as bombing. On rarer occasions, people take it as a liquid and even smoke it.


What is an MDMA Lollipop?

MDMA lollipops are lollipops made to look like the ones you buy at the shop but instead infused with the drug. They could also be coated in the drug as well.

Lollipops and chewing gum are commonly found at raves as MDMA causes people to grind their teeth, and these items can relieve that tension in your jaw. In some cases, these MDMA lollipops can be made to look like normal lollipops with their packaging – making it easier to fool unsuspecting buyers or authorities.


Are MDMA Lollipops Dangerous?

Yes. An MDMA lollipop is just as dangerous as the powder form, with added problems.

The fact that it’s hidden within a lollipop makes it possible for individuals to consume MDMA unintentionally, not recognising the lollipop contains a psychoactive substance. So, this risk of accidental consumption raises serious safety concerns. Plus, the precise dosage of MDMA in a lollipop form is difficult to standardise, increasing the risk of overdose. Overdose symptoms can include severe increases in blood pressure, panic attacks, loss of consciousness, and even seizures.


Risks of MDMA Lollipops

Despite the almost harmless outer appearance of MDMA lollipops, they carry with them plenty of risks that people should be aware of.


MDMA carries a potential addiction risk.

Regular use of MDMA lollipops may lead to you developing a tolerance, meaning you have to have more to get the same effects as before. This brings with it a greater chance of an addiction developing. Addiction in any form can bring a lot of damage to your life – ruining relationships, costing you jobs and leaving you with little money. Even if you realise the damage addiction is doing, ecstasy rehab will cost you more money and has no guarantee of ensuring your problems are over.

Mental Health

With an MDMA lollipop releasing serotonin into your brain, flooding you with feelings of euphoria, it may seem odd to suggest that your mental health can be negatively impacted. You can experience side effects that worsen depression and anxiety – beginning a dangerous cycle that is hard to escape from.

Dangerous Behaviour

Whilst on MDMA, your elevated mood will push you to engage in riskier behaviour. You may put yourself in situations you normally wouldn’t, risking your physical health. Whilst having an MDMA lollipop, you may binge drink, take over substances and have unprotected sex. These acts can have long-lasting consequences you don’t consider when under the influence.

Use by Children

The bright packaging and coming in the form of a common sweet means that children are more at risk. MDMA lollipops have been discovered on school grounds and are far more dangerous for younger people than fully grown adults.

MDMA Treatment

If your MDMA use is severe enough, then you should consider professional help. At Addiction Advocates, we can help you access rehabs that provide a range of addiction treatments suitable for you.

Addiction treatment for MDMA usually comes in three main stages.


The first step will be to get the MDMA out of your system. To do this, you will go through detox, which is the process of removing harmful toxins from your body. At rehab, you would do this under medical supervision and in an environment catered towards making you feel as comfortable as possible.


Physical dependence on MDMA is not the only thing that will be addressed. Through Cognitive Behavioural, Group Therapy and a holistic approach to addiction treatment, you will come to terms with your addiction. You will learn how to cope better to avoid drug use and build yourself up – leaving you in a better mental state than when you arrived.


The time after rehab is just as important as when you are undergoing treatment. Aftercare is the process of keeping on top of your recovery. This means attending group support meetings long after rehab. You should do this to build a support network that keeps you on the right track and lessens the risk of relapsing.


Find Out More About MDMA Today

We hope that our article on MDMA lollipops has helped you to feel more informed on their potential danger. If you are worried about your MDMA or have more questions about MDMA lollipops, talk to Addiction Advocates today. Call us at 0800 012 6088 to get the advice and support you need.


  • [1] the use of the drug was at its lowest use since data was first collected -
  • [2] This is known as bombing -