The European club scene is crazy about “Tesla” — a new blend of dangerously strong MDMA that’s so potent you’d need a self-driving car to get home safely after taking a hit, assuming that nothing worse happens to you first.
According to the Loop, a UK non-profit that strives for a safe nightlife and warns of dangerous drug outbreaks, the orange Ecstasy pills emblazoned with the Tesla logo have been around since at least this summer, and they’re twice as strong as a normal pill.
The pills are not affiliated with the real company, obviously.
A German drug research group, Safer Party, tested some pills, and found they contained more than 230 milligrams of 3-4-methylenedioxy-methamphetamine, more commonly known as MDMA.
Since ecstasy is, you know, illegal, the strength of a dose isn’t usually regulated, but results from the testing service EcstasyData as well as popular consensus among users seems to suggest that an average pill contains anywhere from 80 to 120 milligrams of MDMA. A dose as strong as the Tesla pills are is rare.
Such a high is most likely overkill, but probably not literally. Even if the dose is high enough that organizations like Safer Party and the Loop are warning ravers about the dangers of taking the Tesla pills, deaths from pure MDMA are rare. It can happen — usually due to how dehydrated users can get while on the drug — but many ecstasy deaths occur because of other substances that were included in the pill.
Still, a dose as strong as the Tesla-marked pills is just asking for trouble.
Good for Elon Musk for having his brand associated with strength and power though, we guess?
Photos via Getty Images / Justin Sullivan, Twitter/@WeAreTheLoopUK